Social media required for good journalism?

Can you be a good journalist and not be plugged into social media?

The Washington Post’s Local Editor Vernon Loeb says, “No.”

“Social media are not really optional anymore,” says Loeb. “You can’t do your job without them. Social media are where news often breaks first. They’re a great way to cultivate sources, track events, find experts, and to drive audiences to our journalism. . . . You can’t be a good reporter unless you are involved in the social media realm.”

The Post is now instituting mandatory social media training for all reporters and editors on the Metro staff.

The ombudsman’s column on this issue says journalists’ social media efforts must not occur at the expense of the fundamentals and says this is not all about the chase “for the greatest number of page views, Twitter followers and Facebook friends, instead of the great story.”

What do you think?  Is social media a must?  Can you do your job without it?

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2 Comments

  1. Being a good journalist without social media would be ideal but it is impractical. Social media is heavy in opinion and often distracing, however it is where news is reported by common people first. It is up to the journalist to be the most efficient with the news presented to them.

  2. Journalism in present day is seemingly impossible without the help of social networks. Most of the time one person will report of an event on a social media which will lead more people to watch the news to find out the more specific details. Also social media networks are all about connecting to the people around you, and the way to promote a story is to get it to the people.

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