How will social media be used to cover the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday? What role will social media journalism play for the rest of the campaign and the election year? The first big test of the campaign revelaed some important lessons.
In a historically close Iowa Caucus, TV and news web sites struggled to keep up, while lightning-quick social media raced ahead with the latest results. But social media was also flooded with spam, old news, falsehoods, manipulations, bias, profanity and stuff that was just hard to identify.
The New York Times, PBS Newshour, The Des Moines Register and many more news organizations used Storify to cover the Iowa Caucus. (Mitt Romney's team, Barack Obama's campaign and the White House also have accounts.) What these top journalists demonstrated was a new way of cutting through the noise on a developing story, and refining social media to a new grade of usefulness. It was deadline curation at a new level.
To read more about the Iowa coverage on Storify, click here: