Everyone knows you can check Poynter’s Romenesko blog for the latest scuttlebutt on All Things Journalism, but if you want your latest “print is dead” update in 140 characters or less, you have to check out http://twitter.com/themediaisdying, a chronicle of media hirings and firings unfolding in real time on Twitter.
“These sorts of layoffs are unheard-of,” said the stream’s founder, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to preserve his sources in the industry. “It’s gotten insane to keep up with who was moving around and changing beats.”
Initially, The Media Is Dying was accessible only to select Twitter members, as the feed was intended to help those in the P.R. industry stay on top of the revolving entries in their address books. But requests to be included flooded the founder, who decided to go public three weeks ago. Since then, the stream, maintained at twitter.com/themediaisdying by its founder and seven volunteers from the industry, has garnered more than 3,000 subscribers.
The stream tries to confirm the tips it receives; if something cannot be verified, it is posted and labeled as rumor.
According to the Times, the feed has broken news already, with reports of layoffs at Adweek and Brandweek posted before they appeared on traditional media sites.
Naturally, the site has its eye trained on Big Media, mainly on the East Coast. Fortunately, no one has found cause to set up ‘The Media Is Dying in Arkansas.’ Yet.