Bourke now tweeting for Aunty. It was announced, of course, on Twitter:
Latika Bourke wasn’t giving anything away at the Walkley Awards in Melbourne last week, but a defection was clearly in the works. The 2010 Young Journalist of the Year will quit Fairfax Radio — where she files for 2UE, 3AW, 4BC and others; earning a level of fame in the Canberra press gallery as much for her reporting as her prolific tweeting — to join the ABC from January 24 as its new social media reporter.
According to ABC News director Kate Torney, its about continuing the “tradition” of Aunty “embracing and exploring new ways of communicating with our audience across a range of new and emerging platforms”. Bourke’s new beat, still ensconced in Parliament House, is apparently part of a “range of measures designed to explore how social media can be used to enhance and extend the ABC’s coverage of national politics”, ABC spruikers say.
Bourke’s reaction? “Excited”, she tweeted ad nauseum today, thanking her 10,000-plus Twitter followers for what is a “compliment to yourselves that social media is being taken so seriously”. She’ll file for ABC current affairs programs AM, PM and The World Today. And of course, tweeted PM host Mark Colvin, “as well as tweeting”. — Jason Whittaker
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