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Published on Feb 21, 2011
The NYTimes' Robert Mackey interviewed Gigi Ibrahim (@GSquare86) via Skype on Jan 27. Ibrahim, a recent graduate of the American University in Cairo, uses Twitter to document and share information about street protests.
Call it "social newsgathering," a new skill that involves Twitter sleuthing, Skype interviewing and for TV folks, an open mind about video quality. I particularly like the way NY Times edited the piece — Robert Mackey, wearing a headset and sitting at his desk, asking her questions. It feels more personal, more real.
Ibrahim has also aired on BBC — her webcam a TV studio, her Twitter account a tool to connect with journalists across the world. "It's important to me to be kind of like a citizen journalist, because our press here, not everything gets broadcast," she says.