social media can aid the real journalists

February 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

In  some cases social media can aid the real journalists in becoming a valuable source when found in conflict zone, not only can some of the public in these zones use social media to report whats going on when journalists are unable to react such places but journalists themselves use the same means when it is not suitable to have a large camera to hand, if we look at the news story when a group of journalists who were held hostage for five days at a luxury hotel in Tripoli, journalists had been held at gun point by gunmen loyal to Colonel Gaddafi, the reporters were still able to communicate with the outside world and would tweet anything that happened and was also able to get some filmed footage inside the hotel out as well as live reporting for news channels, with out the means of social media none of this would have been possible and the few days they were held hostage would of gone unknown, all of this also helped to communicate into the hotel to the hostages released and taken to safety by red cross.

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