Mumbai shows why social media is useful as a reporting tool. Again.

With every major breaking news story, social media sites and sources keep outdoing themselves. The events in Mumbai have proved to be no exception, with Twitter once again leading the way.

Techcrunch notes that Twitter was talking about the terrorist attacks before the media cottoned on to the fact there was something major happening in the Indian City, and says that there’s no doubt that Twitter should now be considered a proper news source.

News not on-demand

This is the third thread in the last month or so I’ve seen from Exeter City fans fed up that the local newspaper – the Express and Echo – still only posts up a teaser for their stories as opposed to the full article (usually a couple of paragraphs followed by the words ‘for the full story, see x day’s paper’).

The refusal to post full articles online is frustrating and it’s understandable that readers – especially Exeter exiles like myself who don’t have the option of buying the paper – are removing the Echo from their favourites site.

Exeter bomb blast: a case study in online coverage and social media

It terms of the unexpected, getting several tweets and rss notifications of a bomb blast of my home city of Exeter had to be pretty high on the list of things I never quite thought I’d see [1]. As, until just under eight months ago, it was also my reporting patch, it also gave the opportunity to follow the story from a variety of sources, analyse coverage, and see what, if any opportunities had been taken or missed online, and with social media.

It also made me a teeny bit jealous and nostalgic that I wasn’t down there reporting.