#MuckedUp chat Tuesday: The Year's Biggest Stories

Dec 17, 2013

We know Twitter recently came out with its year in review, but we haven’t had a crack at it yet. What better time to do so than for one of our last #MuckedUp sessions of the year?

From tweeting the police scanner during the Boston marathon bombing to selfies at the Nelson Mandela memorial, we have a lot of stories to consider, both big and small. What changed about journalism as a result of these headlines? What roles (for good or bad) did social media play in their coverage? What lessons were learned, and how can we improve media in the year 2014?

New platforms also emerged alongside these landmarks, as well as new methods of narrative. Consider Buzzfeed’s contagious style of reporting news events and the overall concept of viral journalism, or the remarks from The Atlantic's James Bennet on longform journalism. Don’t forget the number of non-stories, too--i.e., hoaxes that duped even the most venerated members of the media.

The year also brought us several landmarks in multimedia, care of investigative stories recently offered by such publications as Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter and The Washington Post. How have changing audience tastes paired with new technology affected the way we tell stories?

These are just some of the questions that come to mind when considering the year 2013 in all its glory, so come thirsty for conversation. Join me online tonight (Tuesday) December 17 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT to get #muckedup with us on this hefty topic.

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Writes the @MuckRackDaily & runs #muckedup chat. Creator of #100helpfuldays. I can haz media tips? kirsten@sawhorsemedia.com

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