London Protests and Twitter Video

Newstrack is back, with another BuzzFeed News analysis. Today’s article: “Thousands of People Have Marched Through London Against Trump’s Travel Ban” by Ikran Dahir.

Once again, angry citizens marched to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S. This time, though, the protests happened across the pond.

Much like the article I looked at last week by Chris Geidner, Dahir’s article makes liberal use of Twitter. She embedded MP Jeremy Corbyn’s comments about the march straight into her article instead of using a traditional text quote.

Unlike Geidner’s article, this piece includes Twitter video as well. This brings the use of Twitter and multimedia reporting together in a clever way.  Embedding Corbyn’s tweet brought the video he attached with it. In the two-and-a-half minute video, he gives longer remarks on the issue that 140 characters could not hold. Dahir did the same for her own tweets, which included pictures and videos she took while reporting on the protest. Not only does this add multimedia interest to her story, it makes it easier to connect with the story’s main players. The embed links make Dahir and Corbyn’s Twitters accessible with just a click.

I also noticed that the lede of Dahir’s story was in present tense. I don’t know if that was intentional, but in a print journalism-focused class I took last semester, it was taboo to use present tense outside of a headline. Personally, I think it gives the story more immediacy, but then again, I’m just a radio kid. Present tense is law in broadcast writing.

Overall, I liked the use of online elements in Dahir’s article. I’m starting to notice how BuzzFeed News clearly puts a priority on using Twitter in its reports.


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