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Digiday | Fast Company Don’t let the two screens running TweetDeck, the 40 Reuters accounts he oversees, or his ability to root out cringe-inducing screenshots fool you : Reuters social media editor Anthony De Rosa, writes Saya Weissman in a profile , is no mere Twitter monkey . “Social media is where everyone gets their news now,” he says. “Honestly, as years go by, all editors, as many already are, will be using it as a place to gather information just like anywhere else. I simply focus much of my attention on this medium, but I see it as nothing particularly novel as time goes by.” For all this multiplatforming, De Rosa’s focused on growing audience, not traffic: “I think traffic is probably one of the least important metrics of what we’re gaining from social media.”
New York | Overheard on Twitter An Associated Press memo chiding reporters who tweeted that AP journalists had been arrested at the Occupy Wall Street protests spurred a discussion about whether journalists compete with their news outlets by tweeting news first. The AP’s social media guidelines state , “Don’t break news that we haven’t published, no matter the format.” The New York Times’ Brian Stelter, a prolific Twitter user who was praised for tweeting what he saw while reporting on the aftermath of the Joplin, Mo., tornado, asked , “Shouldn’t the wire speed up?” That spurred a response from @nytfridge , an anonymous account normally focused on food: “Well which is it @brianstelter? Should journos serve and tend their brand or their institution’s?
Before the last slice of cake is eaten from the Reader 's 40th birthday , I wanted to offer a personal reflection about the paper. Our editorial team has always consisted of two kinds of workers: the office staff (editors, proofers, designers), and the field hands (writers). Freelancers have also contributed greatly, but I'm talking now about the regular employees. I joined the Reader in 1981 as a field hand. That meant I only stepped into the office to drop off a story. This arrangement was part of the Reader 's all-around clever financial plan.
Flickr user wallyg On Thursday, , executive editor of announced that the paper sought to eliminate up to 20 newsroom positions through voluntary buyouts. Unlike the round of 100 buyouts that occurred in 2009, she said in an internal memo, these would not be followed by layoffs.
Jay Rosen teaches journalism at NYU and is a leading media critic. He blogs at Press Think and produces a weekly podcast on news and technology called Rebooting The News . He has almost 50,000 followers on Twitter. We recently spoke via email about Jay’s personal twitter strategy and the platform’s impact on the media.