I’ve been following journalists Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Jenan Moussa and John Safran on Twitter. Twitter plays a big role in each of their respective practices. Whilst not claiming Twitter profiles to solely discuss their work – there are some personal opinions and interests being shared as well – they are all prolific tweeters who use Twitter to collect and share information, find sources and promote their own work as well as the work of other journalists.
When it comes to Facebook however, there is no professional profile for Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop. Jenan Moussa has a profile but you have to send a ‘friend request’, so it’s a private profile that isn’t openly accessible. John Safran is the only one of the 3 who has an openly-accessible Facebook presence. Ezra Klein of The Washington Post says journalists prefer Twitter to Facebook because of immediacy – often this is where news breaks first and where journalists report on news as it’s happening. John Safran’s focus is on documentary making and true crime stories. As such, there is great pop culture interest in his work and therefore a Facebook presence makes sense; it’s where a community of his fans can congregate and interact with him, and because of the nature of his exposés, there’s less urgency for him to get the facts needed for his work.