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Last year, Jon Daniel of Peoria had his home raided, his property seized, and he was arrested after creating a Twitter account that spoofed the city's mayor.  Legal action ensued, and last week it was announced Daniel will be awarded a $125,000 cash settlement.

The Shop Talk panelists debate whether Twitter should be used simply as a “play-by-play” tool during live events.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss examples of bad judgment by reporters using social media.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss whether Twitter followers belong to the reporter or the news outlet.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss how Twitter is changing the way news is gathered and disseminated.

The panelists debate whether journalists should be concerned about news makers using social media to circumvent reporters.

The starting point for the discussion is a New York Times piece by David Carr, who wrote about Rupert Murdoch's use of Twitter. Murdoch has only recently started tweeting and has used the platform to sound off on a wide variety of topics.

Some journalists fear news makers will use social media to eliminate the middleman - ie, reporters - and simply distribute their thoughts and information directly to the audience.