Yesterday Jonathan was involved in a bit of a news incident. One of the buses at his college exploded into flames as it was sitting waiting to leave the college where he studies.
This happened around 4:30pm. According to the local press the fire services were called at 4:26.
By 17:44 the first comments were being added to a Facebook group.
A bit later than this an article was being written on the local newspaper’s site featuring photos and videos taken by students on their mobile phones. The article was posted to Twitter at 18:17.
By 18:44 one of the students (Sam Pratt) posted:
Within two hours and 10 mins since the Runshaw bus fire, a Facebook group was created, 4 videos and 12 photos were on it and the LEP had already covered it on their website. How’s THAT for social media?
By 20:48 it was in the BBC web site with what looks like a security camera picture.
The BBC site has a single 150 word article with a single picture.
The Lancashire Evening Post site has a 650 word article a single video and 7 photographs. There’s also 8 comments (mostly pointing people to the Facebook group)
This morning there are nearly 1200 members of the Facebook group. There are 30 photographs and 8 videos. There are are over 180 different comment threads as well as comments on lots of the photos and videos. Some videos have also been posted to YouTube.
I’m sure that this scenario is being played out all over the world right now because we’re all reporters of the news now.
The Lancashire Evening Post sites say: “See The Evening Post on Friday for exclusive pictures and comments from eyewitnesses", why should I? I’ve already read the eyewitness reports from hundreds of students and seen more than enough photographic evidence.
I’m sure that there is still a need for journalists, but it needs to be about adding value.