After reading over our page two story "W. Dundee brawl still under investigation" yesterday afternoon before it went to print, I closed my word processing screen and opened up my Internet browser to Twitter. Had any news broken since my last peek at the micro-blog?
To my delight, Courier-News Community News Editor Julia Doyle just had posted a snarky comment: "Trying to get a screenshot of video of a local bar fight that's on YouTube. I wonder if this is what it's like to work on Springer?"
Then, about 20 seconds later, I panicked and hit the "undo" button.
More on how we decide what to tweet -- and when, after the jump.
As professional journalists at The Courier-News, we strive to break news first, getting you information before the competition does. Accuracy and speed are currency in the journalism world.
By re-tweeting Julia's comment, I realized I ran the risk of broadcasting our scoop of a story to the competition before we had a chance to get it to readers.
Breaking news is one thing. That we want to bring you as quickly as possible. But what about everything else?
We agreed in our modern newsroom -- where the lure of instant publishing and micro-blogging via Twitter, Facebook and other Internet media is so great -- it is sometimes hard to balance your need to tweet and the age-old practice of scooping the competition.
-- Katie Anderson, Staff Writer