Project Puts Twitter News in Context

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By: E&P Staff

NPR is trying to add some context for those Tweet-crazy news followers with a new feature called NPRbackstory.

NPRbackstory is a Twitter service too that culls Google search data to see what topics people are searching for. In turn, it takes those subjects and searches NPR’s database of past stories for more relevant information. The archived information is then posted as links to Twitter.

Developer Keith Hopper told the Nieman Journalism Lab, “If somebody OD’s in their hotel room, or they get busted for drunk driving, NPR probably wouldn’t do a story. So you get the last time Terry Gross interviewed them, or something from NPR Music. You get a true backstory when that happens.”

For more on NPRbackstory, check out the story from Nieman Lab.

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