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You don't tip competitors on Twitter; you beat them

You don't tip competitors on Twitter; you beat them | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"If we had the story first, we had the scoop. And you have the story first if you have it on Twitter and/or on your website. I’m going to respond here both to the reporter’s questions and to editors who need to lead reporters like this to working and thinking Digital First. This will continue both my #twutorial and advice for editors series." 

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Steve Buttry explains a forward-thinking approach to using Twitter -- for reporters. 

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Toronto Star apologizes for lazy Facebook research

Toronto Star apologizes for lazy Facebook research | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it
Bad Facebook journalism is popping up, because nobody really understands how it works. If only someone would pick up the phone to verify now and then.
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Journalists apparrently did not understand that a photo taken in 2008 might appear on your Facebook timeline in 2013. Major blunder. 

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YouTube introduces investigative journalism channel

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) is helping to launch the new “I Files” channel, which will curate videos from The New York Times and Al Jazeera. The channel’s purpose is to promote user-created content and citizen journalism, which has seen becoming a growing source of news for the average citizen.


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Joe Weisenthal vs. the 24-Hour News Cycle

Joe Weisenthal vs. the 24-Hour News Cycle | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“He is like the host of a daylong radio show, except no one speaks out loud. He rarely makes phone calls. His phone almost never rings.

 

“Some of what he writes is air and sugar. Some of it is wrong or incomplete or misleading. But he delivers jolts of sharp, original insight often enough to hold the attention of a high-powered audience that includes economists like The Times columnist Paul Krugman and Wall Street heavies like the hedge-fund manager Douglas Kass and the bond investor Jeff Gundlach.”

 

(Published May 10, 2012.) This is a New York Times profile of a financial blogger who works 16-hour days, often writing 15 posts in one day.

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Who owns a journalist’s Twitter account?

Who owns a journalist’s Twitter account? | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

When BBC News political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg left the BBC to join ITV News, she had to abandon her Twitter account and start a new one for her new job.

 

(Published June 2011.)

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Inside Pinterest: Business angles worth exploring

Inside Pinterest: Business angles worth exploring | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"For reporters who can use Pinterest to gain similarly deep insights into their readers’ behaviors, the site could provide an opportunity to try and get ahead of consumer trend stories. But Pinterest is still limited in its usefulness as a tool for business reporters. It might become a stronger business reporting tool if metrics better gauge product sales related to pinning emerge, said Anthony De Rosa, Reuters social media guru. At the moment that’s not something that’s easy to track."

 

(Published March 2012.)

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How to maximize your social media networks during events

How to maximize your social media networks during events | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

How to use LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, e-mail, blogs, Twitter, Foursquare and YouTube to cover events. This advice may be more useful to organizations that host events than to journalists -- but if you attend and cover big conferences, trade shows, etc., this might be helpful to you.

 

(Published March 14, 2012.)

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Use Content Curation to Build Readers’ Trust

Use Content Curation to Build Readers’ Trust | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"[T]here comes an obligation to use social media tools in a way that benefits both the reporter/news organization, and the reader.

 

"In addition to reporting the fact on the ground, providing context for stories and engaging readers, the reporter should also act as a content curator for the readers interested in that particular beat."

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The War Will Be Streamed - Arab Spring and Online Media

The War Will Be Streamed - Arab Spring and Online Media | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"... to cover a group of activists who are the constant target of their governments — is to enter a shadowy world. A world that largely exists online.

 

"How to make this into great radio? It’s a challenge.

 

"In the best-case scenario, those long hours of chatting with activists on Skype eventually yield secret meetings with people who are willing to go on tape."

 

(Published Feb. 14, 2012.)

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Verification Junkie

Verification Junkie | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"A growing directory of tools for verifying, fact checking and assessing the validity of social media and user generated content." 

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excellent
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really nice
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CNN’s head of social news: Twitter forces journos to report better

CNN’s head of social news: Twitter forces journos to report better | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“Services like Twitter remind us that reporting just the facts of an event isn’t enough. We all hear about what’s happening from everywhere. What journalists and thinkers and experts in subjects that matter should do is add deep context and understanding to events. When we are all inundated with unending streams of information, what matters most is context ...”

 

(Published Nov. 2, 2012.)

 

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Tweet-dropping: The ethics of live-tweeting overheard conversations

Tweet-dropping: The ethics of live-tweeting overheard conversations | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Examples include “a journalist live-tweeting a conversation overheard on a train” and an incident on a plane when a woman live-tweeted an exchange with an actor. Food for thought: What is the ethical course of action?

(Published July 19, 2012.)

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When should journalists use branded social media accounts? Or individual accounts?

“When should journalists use their personal social media accounts and when should they use the branded newsroom accounts? ... I see two primary issues here: effective crowdsourcing strategy and control of staff members and their work.”

 

Advice from Steve Buttry, director of community engagement and social media, Digital First Media.

 

(Published March 2, 2012.)

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How to: Verify content from social media

How to: Verify content from social media | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"This how-to features advice from a panel of experts on the key considerations, questions and tools journalists should have in mind when carrying out verification of content that surfaces via social media, be it a news tip, an image, a piece of audio or video.

 

"The process covers three main stages: monitoring of social networks and the online community before news breaks, checking the content when it comes into play and subsequently reporting that content once verified. The comprehensive advice outlined in this how-to guide offers practical steps, specific questions and cross-checks journalists can make at each stage, as well as online tools to support them."

 

(Published April 3, 2012.)

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Go offline to do great stories, former CNN journalist says

Go offline to do great stories, former CNN journalist says | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"‘The best journalism is reporting on stories by digging up information, adding analysis and putting it into context in a way that’s not already on Google,’ said Rebecca MacKinnon, former CNN journalist, co-founder of of Global Voices Online and currently a senior fellow with the New America Foundation."

 

(Published March 27, 2012.)

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Andy Carvin, virtual correspondent

Andy Carvin, virtual correspondent | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"He didn’t just retweet content without comment but vetted it, asking for confirmation, sourcing, more details, playing his followers against each other as if he were an assigning editor of an incorporeal newsroom.

 

"He became a dogged beat reporter, far removed from the scene but covering it at all hours, exposing his messy and complicated process for all to see."

 

(Published March 26, 2012.)

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Tweeting a War: How One Journalist Is Using Twitter in Afghanistan

Tweeting a War: How One Journalist Is Using Twitter in Afghanistan | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it
Mustafa Kazemi, an Afghanistan-born war reporter, is using Twitter to cover political strife and warfare in his home country.

 

(Published Feb. 20, 2012.)

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How I Used Instagram While Reporting on Garage Fires

How I Used Instagram While Reporting on Garage Fires | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"Today was a perfect example of how I use Instagram in the field. My goal is to spark interest and start discussions well before the story airs. My updates mention my station, and if I know what time the story will air, I’ll mention that as well."

 

(Published Dec. 28, 2011.)

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