The news profession’s shift towards technology seems to be more apparent than ever these days. All-digital T.V. has arrived for our area, you’ll hear us pitch to our ‘Web Channel’ several times per newscast, breaking news often hits the web long before we’re on the air, and a few years ago you probably didn’t even know what a ‘blog’ was.
Now NewsChannel 7 is trying our hand at Twitter. If you aren’t familiar with it – Twitter is one of the newest things in ‘social networking’. You sign onto the website at http://www.twitter.com/
, and after creating an account, you’re greeted with a simple prompt asking, “What are you doing?”
Anything you type in that box is automatically sent to the Twitter account of anyone who adds you to their contact list – either on their Twitter website, or mobile phone, or whatever delivery method they choose. It allows you to obsessively keep track of what your friends are doing… and let the world know what you’re eating, where you’re going, what you’re thinking, or anything else you can fit into the small, 140 character limit.
Well, what started as a simple way to keep in touch with friends has become a simple, instantaneous method of gathering and reporting news.
If you’d like to follow our NewsChannel Twitter feed, you can add us here - http://twitter.com/WSAW
. We’re planning on sending out ‘tweets’ throughout the day keeping you updated on breaking news, directing you to new web content, or letting you know what stories we’re working on for our Newscasts.
I’m a little bit of a technology junkie, so any time WSAW takes a bold step into a new frontier, I really have fun with it and try to find as many ways to put it to use as possible. And even though I’m on TV, I’m much more likely to get my latest news from a website or text message than I am from seeing it on TV or reading it in a Newspaper.
What do you think? Do you like having more avenues to get your news, or do you stick to the bread and butter Newscasts? Are there some ways of gathering and reporting news that you’d like to see our station explore in the future? Let me know!