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Social media changes the art of reporting

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:31:42 CDT
By: Lee Strubinger

An Illinois State University alumnus says social media has changed the way journalists cover stories. Daralene Jones, a 2002 graduate and former T-V 10 reporter, currently works at WFTV in Orlando, Florida and is the stations lead reporter on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case. Jones says Martin's death shows how powerful social media is, and the racial divide still within the nation. Jones says she's received several e-mails criticizing how she has covered the story.

Jones says the Martin story was developing so quickly she recieved many tips via Twitter. She says part of the problem with the story was a lack of information from investigators. She says inside sources were tight lipped which added to the frustration of an already touchy investigation.

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