CUNY J-Press Author, Andy Carvin, On Keynote Panel For Digital Media Conference, a unique newswire that uses social media platforms for real-time news reporting, will be featured for the closing keynote at this year’s 2016 Online News Association Conference, a meet-up of the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists. As the newswire will close in August, the keynote panel will focus on its formation and next steps while it parts ways with First Look Media.’s Editor-In-Chief Andy Carvin will speak on the panel along with other key members of’s staff. Carvin made news when, as an NPR correspondent, he live tweeted the Arab Spring Revolution. He later wrote about his experience in the book Distant Witness, published by the CUNY Journalism Press. To order the book, click here. To read more about the conference and register, click here.

First Look Media Pulls the Plug On Social First Journalism Model

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It should come as no surprise that Andy Carvin, who live tweeted the Arab Spring revolution, would be the one to pioneer a social medium platform focused on real time reporting and live fact checking.

The social media news wire launched last January. It mostly published on Facebook and Twitter, although it also posted to a lesser extent on Instagram and Reddit. published international stories like the Charlie Hebdo shooting less than two days after it occurred.

But in August,’s financial backer First Look Media announced that they were pulling the plug and would no longer fund the news wire. Carvin said he is looking at a way to keep the project going.

He shared some takeaways from the experience during a ONA conference in Denver, saying it was best for them to publish on Twitter, because of its fast news sharing capabilities – whereas Facebook with its algorithm was much slower. He also said’s journalists valued empathy when covering tragedies and interacting with their sources. To read the entire story originally reported on the blog, click here

Carvin is a former NPR senior producer. He documented his work live tweeting the Arab Spring in his book Distant Witness, published by CUNY Journalism’s Publishing Press; for more info on the book and to order it, click here.