As more and more journalists around the world take to social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, the way that news is reported and consumed is inevitably changing. Blogs and microblogs have broken down the barriers of repressive regimes and changed the way wars are reported. At the same time, they are providing new tools for journalists to communicate or collect information.
As part of the Media 140 conference, journalists gathered at the ABC to discuss the potential ramifications on their craft. In this standout session, Australian journalists consider the relationship between Twitter and the reporting of politics.
Annabel Crabb has just been appointed as the ABC's chief online political writer. Formerly, she was a political columnist and sketchwriter for the Sydney Morning Herald; she joined the federal parliamentary press gallery in 1999 and has covered politics ever since, aside from a three-year break as a correspondent in London for Fairfax's Sunday titles.
She is a regular panelist on ABC TV's "Insiders."
Bernard Keane studied History at the University of Sydney and in 1993 moved to Canberra to join the Australian Public Service. Since then, he has been a public servant, speechwriter and blogger.
In February 2008 he joined Crikey as its Canberra correspondent and works in the Parliamentary Press Gallery.
John Kerrison is a former network reporter for Nine News & ABC.
Julian Francis Xavier Morrow is an Australian comedian and television producer from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is best known for being a member of the satirical team The Chaser.
As a member of The Chaser he has appeared on several ABC television programs including "CNNNN" and "The Chaser's War on Everything," of which he is also executive producer.
Caroline Overington in a two-time winner of the Walkley Award for investigative journalism and a winner of the Sir Keith Murdoch prize for journalism.
She is the author of three books, including Kickback, which won the Blake Dawson Prize for Literature, and a new novel, Ghost Child (Random House), which explores the mystery and the horror of child murder.
Julie Posetti is a journalist and journalism academic from the University of Canberra.
She is currently undertaking a PhD on the way the media portrays Muslim women and has published academically and journalistically on this theme.
Chris Uhlmann is the ABC's Political Editor for The 7.30 Report based in Canberra.
Uhlmann was appointed the role in August, 2009 after three years of working in the Canberra Press Gallery, as the Political Editor for ABC TV News, and as the ABC News' Chief Political Correspondent for radio current affairs. He won the Walkley for Broadcast Interviewing in 2008.