Thursday, January 15, 2009

This is Where News Media are Going

The first photo of the US Airways jet that splash-landed in the Hudson River was published on Twitter from some guy's iPhone.

I confess that I don't know how Twitter works so I don't know if only those who had signed up to receive Twitter updates from that particular person saw the photo or not but it gets clearer every day that when something happens, people in increasing numbers do not turn on their radios or TVs to learn more, they check their laptops or their Blackberries.

It is no wonder that Gannett, owner of newspapers and television stations, including USA Today and WTSP (where I am doing a temp job reporting the traffic on the morning show), announced this week that workers not under contract will have to take a week off without pay before the end of March.

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