This Top 15 list from the Center for Sustainable Journalism creatively informs readers of the rise of social media in journalism, and how the new medium has been effectively used over a dozen times in contemporary situations.

As a journalism student who grew up alongside computers, I have a solid understanding of social media’s strengths and weaknesses. What I don’t have – or didn’t have prior to reading this list – is a list of examples where social media undeniably enhanced coverage of a specific event.

The most striking number on the list to me is number 11. A New York Times reporter covered the Joplin tornado via social media, and the list links to a large blog post by him about his experience using that tool to do his job.

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