When it comes to a journalist’s Twitter, who owns the account?

University of British Columbia journalism professor Alfred Hermida leads an interesting discussion on his blog, Reportr.net about journalists, Twitter, and ownership. He asks: When it comes to media branded accounts, who owns the Twitter ID?

Take BBC News political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg, whose BBC twitter handle, @BBCLauraK, has nearly 60,000 followers. Her recent move to ITV News, as Hermida points out, has prompted people to ask questions over who “owns” her followers.

In the end, Kuenssberg opted to start from scratch with the new handle @ITVLAuraK. But was it the right move? For more, check out Hermida’s blog.