I've been reporting news for 21 years and in the past 12 months I've seen the growing role social media plays in news gathering. The first time I noticed it was listening to the World Service and the journalist quoting Twitter and Facebook Walls.
Today I got a message on my own Facebook page telling me about a local stargazer's guide to watching tomorrow morning's partial eclipse. It made a good story for the Lake District Messenger.
There is still a role for journalists and mainstream press in that there is so much information out there people are looking for a digest of news relevant and interesting to them. There's still only 24 hours in everyone's day.
For a roundup of news from your community visit your Messenger for local daily news just a click away.
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