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Philippa Thomas Philippa Thomas is a BBC News correspondent. Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/PhilippaNews">@PhilippaNews</a> Blog posts in total 7

  1. Twitter in the live reporting of #stephenlawrence

    Thursday 31 May 2012, 14:50

    Twitter was not the only source, but it was my primary source of breaking news.

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  2. Covering trials on Twitter

    Thursday 31 May 2012, 14:01

    I found that thinking for Twitter helped to focus my mind: it made me work harder on choosing the words to sum up forensic evidence, for instance.

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  3. Twitter in the live reporting of #stephenlawrence

    Monday 9 January 2012, 12:48

    On 2.30pm at Tuesday 3 January, I sent out my last Stephen Lawrence trial tweet:

    "#stephenlawrence jury coming in - could verdict be imminent? - watch #BBCNewschannel."

    Then the tables turned - the Twitter stream shifting from a tool to a source as I relied on it for hours of live commentary.

    Within...

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  4. Covering trials on Twitter

    Friday 6 January 2012, 14:13

    Does Twitter help or hinder the business of reporting a trial in Britain?

    I'm not a legal expert. I'm not even a regular court reporter. But I was one of the BBC team covering the Stephen Lawrence murder trial at the Old Bailey in November.

    I am also the BBC broadcaster who used Twitter to break news...

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  5. The power of the blog post

    Monday 14 March 2011, 19:08

    On Thursday, I published a few paragraphs on my blog about a US State Department spokesman's view that the Department of Defense is being "ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid" in its treatment of Wikileaks whistleblower Private Bradley Manning.

    On Friday, President Obama was questioned about...

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  6. Public service broadcasting without public money

    Friday 11 March 2011, 07:55

    Do we need publicly funded broadcasting? Is it a luxury rather than a necessity, given the explosion of information on the internet? Is it a cash drain we can't afford in this age of austerity? Is it an idea whose time has gone?

    Put these questions to a Republican member of the United States Congress...

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  7. Evangelists v sceptics: where do you stand on social media?

    Tuesday 18 January 2011, 18:17

    There's a battle out there about the role of social media. 

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