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#Trials on #Twitter – the #Stephenlawrence case

I’m not a legal expert. I’m not even a regular court reporter. But I was one of the BBC team assigned to cover the Stephen Lawrence murder trial at the Old Bailey in November.

I am also the BBC broadcaster who used Twitter to present “breaking news” programmes about the verdicts and sentences given to  Stephen Lawrence’s killers this week.

This is not a polished article. It’s my attempt to reflect on the uses – and perils – of using Twitter in our courts. Thank you for your comments on the issue; do keep the feedback coming!

A little about me first. I love using Twitter as @PhilippaNews. It keeps me in touch with stories & contacts around the world, and I enjoy what we’ve come to call the curation of news – sharing links on everything from London life to Arab Spring politics to the US election campaign.

But this was the first time I’d used the social media channel as another form of broadcasting. Continue reading

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Top tips for Digital Journalists

Mark Luckie is a man with a mission : in his words, “to help usher in a new era of journalism.” He’s the new National Innovations Editor for the Washington Post. He’s the author of the Digital Journalists Handbook. He made his name blogging at 10,000 words. And luckily for fellows at the Nieman Foundation, he was happy today to dish out his top tips, tools and websites. Continue reading