The Guardian reports on breaking news through many different avenues. While the site is mainly divided into the news, sports, opinion, culture and lifestyle sections, it also covers the most recent, or breaking, news through mobile micro-blogging tactics like Twitter. While The Guardian’s London office also uses a Facebook page for news coverage, Twitter is by far its most efficient means of covering breaking news.
One of the most recent stories The Guardian efficiently reported on was a Venezuelan fire that killed 68 people in the cells of a police station. The Guardian tweeted about the tragic event at 6:19 a.m. and posted a video on the “Americas” tab of their world news section to describe the story in further detail.
This heart wrenching video added the visual component to the initial tweet and ultimately revealed the emotional toll the fire took on families and loved ones. The Guardian followed up with a written piece to accompany the video.
Overall, this unfortunate story was efficiently reported on first through Twitter. The simple act of mobile reporting got the news of what had occurred out in a timely manner. The Guardian later effectively added its visual and written components to the story.