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Twitter Hires Data Editor To Tell Stories From Tweets

Twitter Hires Data Editor To Tell Stories From Tweets
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Social networking site fills new role with one the world's most innovative journalists.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 22 april 2013

Twitter has hired Simon Rogers, former news editor and data journalist at The Guardian, to be its first ever Data Editor. The position was created with the sole job of uncovering stories from tweets.

Below is what Rogers wrote about his new job in a blog post.

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.

And I can’t imagine a better job than getting to tell stories based on some of the most amazing data around.

Rogers joined The Guardian 15 years ago as news editor. He also set up The Guardian’s DataBlog in 2009 and led the newspaper’s work in data journalism.

He said in an interview with O’Reilly Media that he thinks the new job at Twitter will make him better at what he does. He also hopes to learn some new tools that he can apply to his work.

The social networking site has proven to be a significant tool for journalists in telling the news in real time or even sniffing out potential stories. Rogers’s skill in data journalism, in breaking down data and making it understandable to readers will certainly be put into good use when he officially joins Twitter in May.

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