Twitter hires first data editor to find stories in tweets

(Credit: Simon Rogers/Facebook) Twitter is tapping new hire Simon Rogers, previously a data journalist at the Guardian, to be its first-ever “data editor,” a position that should help the information uncover fascinating stories as told by tweets in aggregate.

“What I’m good at is explaining data, simplifying it and making it accessible,” Rogers, a 15-year veteran of the Guardian, said in an interview with O’Reilly Media.

Twitter, Rogers said, is an “amazing phenomenon” that has become a necessity to reporters, as well as a tool that keeps people informed about everything happening in the world right now.

“Twitter has become such an important element in the way we work as journalists. It’s impossible to ignore, and increasingly at the heart of every major event, from politics to sport and entertainment. As data editor, I’ll be helping to explain how this phenomenon works,” Rogers wrote in a blog post on his new position.

Though little is known about Rogers’ specific duties, and Twitte… [Read more]



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Posted in CNET on Apr 18th, 2013 by In The News Team   

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