Journalism student 'tweets' her way to front page

19 January 2010

Christine's work was showcased on the front page of The Scotsman and the national newspaper's website.

Christine's work was showcased on the front page of The Scotsman and the national newspaper's website.

A MULTI-MEDIA journalism student from GCU landed a front page byline in The Scotsman after she used her knowledge of Twitter to help cover the Haiti earthquake.

Christine Lavelle was on a placement at the paper’s Edinburgh offices when news of the disaster first broke.

Finding local eye witness accounts and on-the-ground quotes became paramount as the crisis unfolded.

Using skills developed on her course, Christine managed to source compelling live updates from survivors using the social media site Twitter.

She said: “The paper wanted a panel of real-time comments from Haiti.

“I told the news editor that I had learned how to use Twitter to search for news during my course, so I set about finding some.”

Ken Garner, programme leader of GCU’s MA Multimedia Journalism, added: “Teaching our journalism students social and web media skills is as important to us as teaching print, radio, and TV production.

“All students on our MA are taught these techniques - as well as the traditional skills of reporting, writing and shorthand.”

Christine’s work featured on the front of The Scotsman on January 14.