Is Twitter the future of breaking news?

Once again, a big name death was reported on Twitter before the press picked up on it. Samantha Murphy of Mashable reports that news of Whitney Houston’s death broke on Twitter at least 27 minutes before mainstream media announced anything.

"The tragic news of Houston’s death spread fast on Twitter," Murphy writes. "In fact, about 2.5 million tweets and retweets occurred in the first hour, amounting to more than 1,000 tweets a second, according to Topsy Labs."

Does this further enforce the suggestion that Twitter is the future of breaking news? 

News organizations don’t seem to want to accept this idea. Some, such as Sky News, made headlines recently for new, strict Twitter policies. Part of the reason might be because breaking news on Twitter is tricky.

Sure, it allows reporters to share a scoop with their readers but if you’re inaccurate, watch out. Look at the fiasco that ensued after CBS Sports falsely reported Joe Paterno had died. A reporter lost his job and the network was harshly criticized.

What do you think? Should news organizations utilize Twitter more for breaking news or
is it better to play it safe? 

— EZ

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