It’s nearly guaranteed. If there is a major breaking news story around the world, someone will write about how Twitter beat the mainstream media in covering the event. Here is one article praising the Twitterverse and its coverage.
Doesn’t it make sense that social media, which is open to millions, even billions around the globe, would have greater resources to report on initial impressions of events? The real value of journalism these days is to capture the context and depth of the event.
Why does the value of Twitter to relate breaking news surprise anyone?
A more on-point discussion is the power of Twitter and other social media to circumvent oppressive control and give voice to those who otherwise would not be heard.