Students in a University of Minnesota Duluth journalism class used the computer application Twitter for help with a recent story on how many handicap-accessible parking spots were available on campus at a given time, reports the Duluth News Tribune. The answer--seven at 10 a.m. on Feb. 12--was communicated almost instantly by 25 students in the class using Twitter. Prompted by a complaint from wheelchair-user Elizabeth Church-Davidson, a UMD senior, the issue of parking availability became a class project. "We're always trying to think about new media," said John Hatcher, an assistant professor of journalism at UMD. "That's what the students...

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