Breaking news guidance for BBC journalists
With the rapid pace of change in digital technology, we're constantly reviewing the processes and guidance our journalists use in their jobs.
As part of that, we have just distributed some refreshed breaking news guidance to our correspondents, reporters and producers.
It says that, when they have some breaking news, an exclusive or any kind of urgent update on a story, they must get written copy into our newsroom system as quickly as possible, so that it can be seen and shared by everyone - both the news desks which deploy our staff and resources (like TV trucks) as well as television, radio and online production teams.
So what about Twitter, the micro-blogging site where millions of people, including many of our journalists, communicate via short bursts of text?
We prize the increasing value of Twitter, and other social networks, to us (and our audiences) as a platform for our content, a newsgathering tool and a new way of engaging with people. Being quick off the mark with breaking news is essential to that mission.
We're fortunate to have a technology that allows our journalists to transmit text simultaneously to our newsroom systems and to their own Twitter accounts.
But we've been clear that our first priority remains ensuring that important information reaches BBC colleagues, and thus all our audiences, as quickly as possible - and certainly not after it reaches Twitter.
UPDATE 9 February 1330 GMT
To clarify any misconceptions, this guidance isn't about telling BBC journalists not to break stories on Twitter.
It's about making sure stories are broken as quickly and efficiently as possible to our large audiences on a wide range of platforms - Twitter, other social networks, our own website, continuous TV and radio news channels, TV and radio bulletins and programmes across several networks.
Equally that we can deploy the resources we need to tell that story on some of those platforms - reporters, TV trucks - as quickly and efficiently as possible.
We have a large, worldwide pool of correspondents, reporters and producers. So we're fortunate to have technology that allows them to get text into the BBC newsroom system and to their own Twitter accounts at the same time.
But when the technology isn't available, for whatever reason, we're asking them to prioritise telling the newsroom before sending their own tweet.
We're talking a difference of a few seconds. In some situations.
We absolutely understand the value of breaking news on Twitter, both in terms of our very successful branded activity like @BBCBreaking, and in terms of our individual journalists, who become sources of news for their followers. This guidance is absolutely compatible with that.
But it should be remembered that we are talking current guidance, not tablets of stone. This is a landscape that's moving incredibly quickly, inside and outside newsrooms, and the breaking news guidance - like our overall social media guidance - will evolve as quickly.