Crisis News on Twitter

Who to Follow on Twitter for Crisis News, Part 2: Venezuela by David Godsall.

From the post:

With political strife dominating so much of our news cycle these past months, and events from Ukraine to Venezuela rapidly unfolding, Twitter is one of the best ways to stay informed in real time. But when social media turns everyone into an information source, it can be a challenge to sort the signal from the noise and figure out who to trust.

To help you find reliable sources for some of the most timely geopolitical news stories, we’ve created a series of Twitter lists compiling trusted journalists, activists and citizens on the ground in the conflict regions. These are the people sharing the most up-to-date information, often from their own first hand experiences. In Part 1 of this series, we talked about sources of news from Ukraine.

Our second list in the series focuses on the events currently taking place in Venezuela:

If you are building a topic map for current events, you need information feeds. Twitter has some suggestions if you want to follow events in the Ukraine or Venezuela.

As will any information feed, use even the best feeds with caution. I saw Henry Kissinger on Charlie Rose. Kissinger was very even handed while Rose was an “America lectures the world” advocate. If you haven’t read The ugly American by William J Lederer and Eugene Burdick, you should.

It is a very crowded field for who would qualify as the “ugliest” American these days.

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