President Obama’s executive action on immigration provoked a predictable political storm on Twitter, with politicians, pundits and the perennially opinionated staking out their positions. A Twitter visualization shows tweets peaked at about 9,500 tweets a minute during the president’s White House speech on Thursday, Nov. 20. But while the social media platform heaved under the weight of immigration-related tweets, immigration journalists were relatively quiet.
How quiet? A survey of 34 national immigration reporters’ Twitter feeds returned a total of 913 tweets in the 24 hours starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20. This is in comparison to the 384,999 #immigration tweets which were posted in just two hours between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 20.
The original list of 34 reporters was compiled with the help of Frank Sharry, the founder and executive director of the immigration rights group America’s Voice and included well-known immigration reporters such as NPR’s Mara Liasson and Julia Preston from The New York Times. Read more