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Twitter vs trad journalism


Twitter vs trad journalism

Reporting of the Iranian protests has proved that citizen journalists with mobile phones, Twitter and Facebook can defeat censorship.

But they haven't been able to answer the question at the heart of the story: what is the proof that the election result was rigged?

To uncover facts needs hard, investigative reporting - which means professional, paid journalists. As the internet sucks revenue away from traditional newspapers and broadcasters, who is going to pay for expensive, difficult journalism?

Universities and think-tanks with full-time, paid researchers become increasingly important. The best analysis I've seen yet of the possible fraud in Iran is by the British think-tank Chatham House and the University of St Andrews.