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How local journalists use Twitter

A tool for good, a tool for evil.
By David Brauer

While the microblogging service is an easy target and the butt of Doonesbury slams, it really is an effective reporting tool … in the hands of some. A few links this morning:

♦ The Strib’s Digital Community Manager, Leah Betancourt, has a nice overview of the techniques and add-on technologies smart reporters are using.

♦ A centerpiece of Betancourt’s story, WCCO ubergeek Jason DeRusha, provides an excellent (if cautionary) tale of rewriting TV scripts for the web, with a Twitter-related Fox9 script as the counter-example.

♦ As it does so well, Secrets of the City chews over the Fox9 faux pas here.

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♦ You civic types will want to check out Minnesota Politics and Government on Twitter, which contains the handles for many politicians and journalists.