We speak with Sky News' new 'Twitter correspondent'
Sky News has decided Twitter is so powerful a news-gathering tool, it has appointed multimedia producer Ruth Barnett as full-time 'Twitter correspondent'
It's Friday, so here's an amusing Twitter story. Sky News has decided Twitter is so powerful a news-gathering tool, it has appointed multimedia producer Ruth Barnett as full-time 'Twitter correspondent'.
Sky isn't alone in understanding the power of Twitter as both a communications medium and as a powerful source for breaking news stories -- CNET UK has been using Twitter since April 2007. But this is the first time a news organisation has put money on the table to employ someone whose job it is to scour Twitter for breaking stories.
"That's where people are talking about their real lives," Barnett told us on the phone last night, though she admits her role will involve a massive amount of blind navigation. "We're going to experiment to see what works."
"[For Sky News] it's about having someone who can flag up news when something's kicking off, and to talk back to people to see what their opinion is," she explains.
Just Mike Wilson Twittered from the wreckage of a plane crash, highlighting Twitter's power to bring breaking news to the Web significantly faster than even a news site or blog., Twitter user
Part of Barnett's job is to find these stories. You can follow her at twitter.com/ruthbarnett.