News as a Process: How Journalism Works in the Age of Twitter

We’ve written many times about how journalism is changing in the age of social media, thanks to what Om Malik has called the “democracy of distribution” provided by tools like Twitter—and how everyone now has the opportunity to function as a journalist, even for a short time, during news events like the attack on Osama bin Laden’s compound. A new study of the way information flowed during the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt earlier this year paints a fascinating picture of how what some call “news as a process” works, and the roles bloggers, mainstream media, and other actors play during a breaking news event. More than anything, it’s a portrait of what the news looks like now.

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.