Ingram: Twitter fulfills Pulitzer board’s requirement for speed in Breaking News reporting

Mathew Ingram responds to the Pulitzer board’s new emphasis on speed for the Breaking News award. “If reporting that occurs ‘as quickly as possible’ is the main criteria, then I think Twitter definitely fits the bill — or is at least a leading contender. Videos uploaded to YouTube or streamed from a news event like the “Occupy Wall Street” protests … are also clearly real-time, but nothing matches the speed that is possible with 140-character text messages and links on Twitter, and videos and photos often spread this way as well.” Related: Perhaps the change will increase entries in the breaking news category (Nieman Lab) | Missed opportunity: “Still no Pulitzer for innovation,” Jay Rosen tweets. || Earlier: Pulitzer Prizes change breaking news category to emphasize ‘real-time’ reporting

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  • Anonymous

    nobody ever won a pulitzer for a 15-inch story, and nobody will ever win one for a 10-word tweet. at least i hope not.