1. A good example of stories that are found using social media is Humans of New York. The blog allows people to be profiled and stories to be written about them that are then posted to social media
2. A journalist’s role when information is crowd sourced is to organize and report the information, siting that it’s not only crowd sourced, but also making sure to confirm every aspect of it that they can. Journalist’s first obligation is to the truth and, while we have to trust our sources, it isn’t always safe to trust crowd sources. People in the crowds can sometimes think one way, while in fact, the story is completely different and has points worth discussing, but shouldn’t be reported as fact. By being there to organize and explain what it is they’re reporting; a journalist is able to inform the public better than simply reporting the crowdsourcing information.
3. To put moments from social media into context for the news, it has to be identified as tweets or information obtained from social media, social media is often a good place to start, but isn’t always the best place to try and confirm information. Even though something may be reported on twitter, even if it is a reliable source, it still doesn’t make it reportable.
4. If I were there my first priority would be to confirm that there was in fact something that exploded at the finish line, and my second would be to determine if it was terrorism or not. Obviously saying that something exploded at the finish line versus saying that an act of terrorism occurred on US soil, are two completely different things. In my opinion, I don’t think something like that could’ve been called terrorism until a device or something like that is recovered.