If you didn’t know, Twitter has changed everything.
It’s given us more insight into journalists’ and newsmakers’ personalities—the quirks, the foibles, the preternatural ability to crack wonky and bad jokes—all in under 140 characters. Even Jake Tapper can’t hide behind CNN PR (who’ve requested we contact them for “all things Jake”) when he’s on Twitter. For example, thanks to his Tweets we know he’s got a thing for puppies and at least tangentially follows Doctor Who.
At FishbowlDC, we get mountains of story ideas out of what you all do and say on Twitter everyday, and it’s not just the fights you get into or the tasteless jokes you make (and then complain when we have the gall to notice them). We, like the rest of you, sometimes first learn about journalist job changes and promotions when they’re announced—for the first time—on Twitter. What’s a lot harder to see, though, is how Twitter sometimes directly leads to those job changes. The National Journal’s Matthew Cooper explains, using Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner as just one example:
“Chris Geidner was a lawyer in Ohio with a blog, Law Dork, and he used Twitter to fan his work. Journalists and legal scholars retweeted him. It helped that he took up Twitter the day that the California state Supreme Court heard the challenge to Proposition 8. With his interest in gay legal issues, it was the perfect meeting of man and subject. When he came to Washington in 2009 he was able to get a job with Metro Weekly, a gay newspaper here. From there his work caught the attention of BuzzFeed where he’s a political and legal reporter.“
He’s not the only journalist who landed a job thanks to Twitter. NJ also mentions Breitbart News’ Tony Lee who began his career tweeting about Sarah Palin. And then, there’s @DukeStJournal and @Abba_KS, who became “voices in Washington” through Twitter, but fell in love, too. Read more here.