Experiment limits subjects (journalists) to news via Facebook and Twitter.

Posted: 03 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
"The five French-speaking broadcast journalists who will confine themselves to an isolated farmhouse in southwest France next week for the experiment 'Behind closed doors on the Net' include reporter Janic Tremblay of Radio Canada in Montreal and colleagues from France, Belgium and Switzerland. They'll be cut off from TV, radio, print media, and smart phones and will test the limits of reporting solely with Facebook and Twitter, the Toronto Star's Lesley Ciarula Taylor explains. 'We want to figure out what kind of information people get when they only try to inform themselves from Facebook and Twitter because we know there is some good information coming from Twitter,' Tremblay said in an interview with CBC Radio's As It Happens." Dean Graber, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, 29 January 2010. This might not be much of an experiment. In addition to typical, casual tweets, many news organizations (and this website) use Twitter as a version of RSS to push their news items. Are these journalists allowed to click on the links?