Weighing microblogging's limits as a news source

04/20/2009 | National Public Radio (text and audio)

Many people say they are turning to Twitter to keep up with breaking news, a trend that worries professional journalists -- and not just because it cuts them out of the loop. The new medium is fast, they acknowledge, but does it hamper accuracy? Professional reporters "have an obligation to verify information before they publish or broadcast it," Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute notes, while those regular people tweeting (and re-tweet) the news do not.

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