The Pulitzer Prize could be awarded for a tweet

the Pulitzer Prizethe Holy Grail of American journalism, considering that it “would be pity that an event occurring at 8am is not rewarded only by its coverage by a newspaper the next day” modifies its selection criteria for the category “Breaking News” and now admits that the selected elements “as quickly as possible, report on events happening in real time, and, as you go, contextualize and expand on the initial reporting”.

Twitter and its derivative, the live-tweet of real-time events, could well be among the next rewarded, imagines the Nieman Lab. This laboratory, which reflects on developments in journalism, points out that this change could occur when in 2011, the category had not rewarded anyoneeven as the Chicago Tribune and the Miami Herald competed in it.

Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times explained in May: “People use Twitter to spread news, not to give it away.” He took the example of Bin Laden’s death (May 1). Late that Sunday evening, the White House announces, on all television channels, that President Obama will speak.

Speculation is then rife on the social network, imagining the news that could be worth the interruption of television programs. It was then that a former Defense Department adviser Keith Urban tweets bin Laden may have been killed, while specifying that it is only a rumor. A tweet posted even before those of the main American media.

Only later will it be discovered that a Pakistani resident, Sohaib Athar, living near the scene of the raid, was tweeting about it, even though he had absolutely no idea what was going on. Could Sohaib Athar win the Pulitzer Prize? After all, he was the first to report the information, in real time. “It feels like being on Twitter makes everyone a reporter, but we have to recognize that there is a difference between ordinary Twitter users and the media who put their reputations on the line with every tweet”says Joe Flint.

If the Pulitzer Prize was won by a journalist using Twitter, who could it be? For Matthew Ingram of Gigaom, the jury’s choice should be National Public Radio (NPR) journalist, Andy Carvinwhose account was, at the time of the events of the Arab Spring, transformed into a continuous thread of information. “Although many criticize Twitter for spreading unverified information, Andy Carvin has been rigorous about fact-checking and knowing the actors on the spot”he believes.

However, what might disqualify some Twitter users is the mention of the need to “field report” (local reporting). Twitter is often used to aggregate information that comes from the field without necessarily being there. The journalist Brian Stelter of the New York Times, which usually covers news from the television industry, meets both criteria by having used its Twitter account extensively and his tumblr for cover a tornado in Missouri and reactions from residents of the town of Joplin.

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The Pulitzer Prize could be awarded for a tweet