My first post about the idea of storystreaming was a response to Daniel Honigman’s post about the end of live-tweeting, but those ideas had been brewing in my head for some time. Some of those thoughts were inspired by a discussion during the June 17 #editorchat session. Since I’ve recently submitted the storystreaming idea to the Knight News Challenge, I thought these excerpts from that chat might be of interest. I’ve added some formatting to help scan the messages.
milehighfool: Last week’s touched a nerve. Tonight, from 8:30-10 pm EDT, we’re back talking about real-time publishing: http://bit.ly/YCLQn 5:22 pm
WpgGirl: Is today’s real-time publishing what live, man-on-the-street reporting used to be? 7:54 pm
milehighfool: @WpgGirl I;m not sure, because everyone is an eyewitness. 7:55 pm
WpgGirl: @milehighfool Therefore, everyone is a reporter now. Scary prospect. 7:56 pm
milehighfool: Q1: The Iran elecitons crisis and Twitter’s involvement suggest to me that we are all “man on the street.” 7:56 pm
ksablan: @WpgGirl I wouldn’t say everyone is a reporter. Everyone can contribute to report. How do we make sure contribs are factual? 7:58 pm
LydiaBreakfast: @ksablan it is not the citizen’s responisbility to check, it is the writer/ed/pub to know where it is coming from and who 7:59 pm
milehighfool: Q1: If all citizens are reporters or budding authors, how do we define what’s trustworthy? 7:59 pm
WpgGirl: @ksablan Yes, who is responsible for checking citizen-supplied facts between the time news breaks and a reporter is at scene? 8:00 pm
milehighfool: @WpgGirl Isn’t that the editor’s job? Talk about a tough position to be in. 8:02 pm
ksablan: @milehighfool Tweets can be vetted and curated for final story, but I don’t think there is a way (in most cases) to do realtime 8:04 pm
WpgGirl: I think in most cases, the editor will send a reporter to validate the citizen, but in the meantime use the eyewitness report 8:04 pm
ksablan: Enough to share relevant (maybe even human-filtered) stream of tweets with explanation that facts can’t be immediately verified? 8:05 pm
ksablan: Would stream with disclaimer be irresponsible reporting? I don’t categorize it as reporting at all? But is it a bad practice? 8:06 pm
Mrs_Write: Twitter filled a void but people still turned to the major wire services/networks for confirmation of the tweets they read 8:06 pm
milehighfool: @ksablan Interesting question. Tweeting disclaimers could get dicey but I can envision it being necessary at some point. 8:07 pm
ksablan: @Mrs_Write Tweet confirmation is an important role – an old responsibility applied to new medium – for editors and reporters. 8:10 pm
shortformernie: In Iran right now, they’re inventing new forms of journalism, because they have to. But they still need editors. 8:12 pm
ksablan: @shortformernie Who are “they” in that statement? Do the inventors of new journalism need editors, or the consumers? 8:15 pm
shortformernie: @ksablan They both do. An editor’s job is to focus what the journalists are saying so that the consumer can find it. 8:16 pm
ksablan: @shortformernie Great answers. Never doubted the need, just asked for clarity. Editors needed more than ever w/Twitter. 8:18 pm
WpgGirl: @BeckyDMBR Yes, editors are needed; but are snap on-air producers, Twitter and other realtime reports doing away with us? 8:18 pm
ksablan: @WpgGirl Maybe the question is just a rephrase of Q1: How can we edit in a realtime platform? 8:20 pm
ksablan: Is it time to develop a “Real Time editor” Twitter app to facilitate the needs of realtime editing? 8:21 pm
WpgGirl: @ksablan A real time editor sounds exciting; but how would it work? Would the submission require @ sources before posting? 8:24 pm
ksablan: @WpgGirl Maybe more of a “listening” tool, than a”submission” tool. Both would be ideal. 8:26 pm
WpgGirl: @ksablan A tool that would search for a collective voice and a potential story lead, such as @milehighfool suggested? 8:28 pm
ksablan: @WpgGirl I can’t find that suggesting in tonight’s stream. Aside from leads, a tool to filter and connect tweets in realtime. 8:33 pm
The tweets here were found using the transcript feature from What the Hashtag?! You can view the complete #editorchat transcript for the June 17, 2009 session, where you’ll find links to the individual chat participants and each tweet.
Other Storystreaming posts:
- Lifestreaming: Why not a storystreaming platform?
- More on storystreaming, Purefold and … Blade Runner?
- First rough sketch of storystreaming platform, Twitter first
- Many social elements would feed a storystream
- 6 Ways to add tweets to your story
- Which tweeted quote would you add to the story?
- Storystreaming submitted to Knight News Challenge