Andy Carvin


Newsrooms face mental health challenge amid surge of graphic footage

Tuesday, February 3, marked the first time Andy Carvin allowed himself to watch an ISIS execution video. The intensely disturbing footage, which showed a Jordanian pilot being burned alive, brought back a flood of memories and emotions for the journalist.

“The impact really hit me,” Carvin said. “I had avoided [ISIS videos] up until that point. It didn’t seem worth the burden.”

Carvin, known for his tireless tweeting of the Arab Spring and Syrian Revolution, shared his response to the video on the publishing platform Medium. He penned a nearly 2,700-word post, in which he recalled his 2012 decision to stop actively searching for and sharing graphic material with his Twitter followers.

“I sensed I was burning out, and feared my readers were, too. How many videos of war and suffering can a person handle in a day?” Carvin wrote. Read more


Andy Carvin joins First Look Media

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Andy Carvin will join First Look Media, Mathew Ingram reports: “This feels like a great opportunity to see what it would look like for a news organization to be engaged in collaborating with the public on a more fundamental level across its operations,” Carvin told him. Read more


NPR’s Andy Carvin offered buyout, he hasn’t yet accepted

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NPR senior strategist Andy Carvin announced on Twitter this morning that he’s been offered a buyout from the organization. Carvin included a link to his blog, where he explained more.

“Earlier this fall, NPR announced it would offer buyouts for staff to help balance the company’s budget by reducing the workforce by about 10%. Surprising even myself, I must admit, I threw my hat into the ring. Last Friday, I learned NPR has accepted my buyout request.”

But he hasn’t yet accepted it. Carvin writes that he has until December to decide. If he doesn’t take it, he’ll keep his job. Read more


Andy Carvin explains how Twitter is his ‘open-source newsroom’

Andy Carvin and Clay Shirky spent an hour on WBUR’s “On Point” program Tuesday morning discussing Twitter’s impact on media and the world. In one of several insightful exchanges, Carvin explained how Twitter helps him cover the Arab spring uprisings:

“What I find Twitter most useful for is seeing my Twitter followers as my newsroom, because I don’t really have a staff of people who can help me do research and serve as producers for me or editors for me.

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How Andy Carvin keeps his sanity while live-tweeting world news

NPR senior strategist Andy Carvin has become famous for his prolific tweeting of popular uprisings around the world. On Wednesday he talked about why he does it and how he keeps some balance in his life.

“The day Mubarak resigned I tweeted over 1,400 times; I admit that I have a problem,” Carvin joked Wednesday as he received a 2011 Knight Batten Award at a symposium in Washington, D.C.

He explained to the audience of journalists that his use of Twitter for reporting has two purposes: to assemble “an oral history” of the revolutions, and to spread and verify information.

Over time, many sources in the Middle East have come to see Carvin as “a DJ of the revolutions” — a hub where people on the ground would direct their own bits of information and find others’ reports to comment on or add to. Read more


NPR’s Andy Carvin tweets 1,200 times over weekend as rebel forces overtake Tripoli

NPR senior strategist and Twitter maven Andy Carvin tweeted an astounding 1,201 times this weekend, including 879 on Sunday, according to The flurry came as he covered the escalating Libyan revolution. At the close of Sunday, Carvin noted he “wouldn’t be surprised if this is the most I’ve tweeted in a single day since Mubarak resigned. Around 900 tweets so far. Oy.” It is at least the most in the past six months, according to Twitter Counter.

The 879 tweets sent Aug. 21 were at least 162 more than any other day in the past six months. (Source:

Related: Twitter users debate whether 1,201 tweets is too many. Read more


NPR’s Carvin once worked 20 hours straight, pumping out 1,400 tweets

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Andy Carvin‘s following on Twitter has more than doubled since he started tweeting about the Middle East in December. “There isn’t really a name for what Carvin does — tweet curator? social-media news aggregator? interactive digital journalist? — but that may be because this form of reporting is still being invented,” writes Paul Farhi. “By Carvin, among others.” || Is this the world’s best Twitter account? Read more