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Sky News, The BBC, and Twitter

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Interesting watching the fuss about Sky News and now The BBC putting limits on how their journalists use Twitter to break stories. I have been talking about the growing tension between individual journalists' brands and those of their employers for a long time. In fact three years ago I toyed with the idea of iTunes for journalism and used the above graphic on the story!

As Matthew Ingram, writing on Giga Om, says:

if a single tweet from someone on your staff gives away enough of the value of your story that you have to forbid it, you have a lot bigger problems than just breaking news on Twitter.

Increasingly, institutions hold smart people back.


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