Twitter is ready to be a true news operation
According to the Guardian Online Twitter wants to brake into the news industry. They are looking for someone to run their news operation. Twitter wants to figure out the relationship tool of business news and what it is. Here is a short paragraph from the Guardian Online explaining what they are looking for and what they desire to have as part of their new venture.
There are fewer and fewer jobs in journalism, but last week an ultimate job was posted. Twitter, fast becoming the basic source, tool, and distribution point in news, is looking for someone to run its news operation:
“You will be responsible for devising and executing the strategies that make Twitter indispensable to newsrooms and journalists, as well as an essential part of the operations and strategy of news organizations and TV news networks. You should have a strong vision for the broad potential of Twitter and news, while also being able to rigorously manage and scale the news team’s daily impact.”
Unless this is a run amuck HR job description, that seems to be precisely what Twitter is proposing it wants someone to do: figure out the relationship of the world’s central real-time information tool to the news business, hell, to the very nature of what news is.
Actually, there is more. The notion here in this job description is that Twitter is both a front end for news, a first responder, a first draft of the first draft of history, and, as well, a back end, the fundamental instrument of all journalists, a wire service killer (the AP is still one of the significant costs in most news operations), a dedicated pool of eyes and ears on the ground.