Neo-journalism conference keynote on Twitter as an ambient news network

My keynote at the Neo-journalism conference in Brussel was called “The Ambient News Network: Twitter and the reconfiguration of journalism.”

It looked at how Twitter has developed as a network for real-time news and information, influencing how news organisations respond to breaking news, how journalists go about their reporting and whose voices are heard. Twitter facilitates the instant, online dissemination and reception of short fragments of information from sources outside the formal structures of journalism, creating social awareness streams that provide a constantly updated collective representation of the experiences, interests and opinions of its users. As an ambient news network, Twitter offers a mix of information and comment, usually connected to current reality but without an established order. This talk explores how journalism is adapting to the logic of media systems such as Twitter where knowledge, expertise and authority are networked and distributed.

Listen to the keynote: