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May 1, 2013

Breaking Things: New ways of gathering, sharing news

On Saturday, we learned of the homicide in Calaveras County when the sheriff’s office posted a notice on Nixle. This week, the Boston Police Department released the latest developments in the marathon bombing investigation on Twitter. And the latest crime statistics in Newman can be found at the department’s Facebook page.

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On Saturday, we learned of the homicide in Calaveras County when the sheriff’s office posted a notice on Nixle.

This week, the Boston Police Department released the latest developments in the marathon bombing investigation on Twitter.

And the latest crime statistics in Newman can be found at the department’s Facebook page.\

We’ve come a long way from the days of reporters having a press room in the local police department, pounding out stories on a manual typewriter before running to a bank of pay phones to call the story into an editor.

As technology continues to evolve, so to do the ways we reach out to our sources and gather information. These days, we still make our cop calls to check with local agencies on anything they have going on, but we’re just as likely to reach someone via text message or email as with a phone call, or to see what they’re up to via social media. And one good way to find people interested in a particular topic is to post a question on The Bee’s Facebook page. Putting something out on Twitter immediately reaches 10,000 people who follow us.

We regularly post videos so readers can see subjects in action, and we have done the occasional live feed of events or breaking news. Of course, the best way to cover a story remains and will always be – at least, as far as I can tell – going to the scene.

There’s an old journalism saying that the only place there’s no news is a newsroom.

These days, you could say, with our various pieces of technology, we carry the newsroom with us wherever we go.

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