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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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How to verify information from tweets: Check it out

How to verify information from tweets: Check it out | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“Your job is to verify the information that looks useful. As with all the other information you gather, you can verify lots of different ways, and no single technique works for everything.”

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This is required reading for every journalist and every journalism student. 

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Miquel Loriz's curator insight, March 16, 2013 5:37 AM

Una buena guía con sugerencias para verificar los tweets

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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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Why Twitter Will Live and Facebook Will Die

Why Twitter Will Live and Facebook Will Die | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Forbes contributor Rocco Pendola provocatively writes: “You might not know it yet or use it as such, but Twitter is the modern day version of the newspaper. And it will sustain.”

 

(Published August 28, 2012.)


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Storify Twitter chat: What's OK to curate?

Storify hosted a Twitter chat and asked people what they consider "fair game" to pull out of social media and insert into a story. Some good resources are linked in the responses!

 

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How to break news on Twitter

How to break news on Twitter | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“In a live Twitter chat hosted by Muck Rack and moderated by blogger Elana Zak, journalists gathered to share tips on how to deal with the redefined protocol created by social media news-sharing.” IJNet summarized four takeaways. There's a link to the transcript.

 

(Published June 4, 2012.)

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How a reporter live-tweeted her own speech — and won the #backchannel

How a reporter live-tweeted her own speech — and won the #backchannel | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“The New York Times reporter anticipated people on Twitter missing the nuance of her ideas, so she came prepared. ... As slides appeared on the big screen behind Amy O’Leary, @amyoleary would somehow — magically — tweet out expertly compressed summaries of her ideas, right on cue. They were live footnotes, a real-time narrative surprise.”

 

(Published May 22, 2012.)

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How Reuters journalists use social media

How Reuters journalists use social media | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"Reuters journalists Anthony De Rosa and Lauren Young gave their own set of best practices for navigating the stream in a recent webinar [link]. They shared tips for using social media as reporting tools, conversation starters, audience builders and more. IJNet tuned in and found these takeaways ..."

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Q&A on podcasting and journalism with Claire Wardle

Q&A on podcasting and journalism with Claire Wardle | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"User generated content comes in all forms and the sheer quantity of material is eye-watering. The most talented journalists today are those who can find the best material and verify it as quickly as possible. The best way of verifying content is to contact the person who uploaded it, and to ask them detailed questions about where they are, what they can see ... Verifying user generated content is much harder than people think, it’s not just a case of doing a search of Twitter and publishing the first thing you see."

 

(Published March 13, 2012.) Claire Wardle is Director of Development and Integration at Storyful. Previously she developed social media training for BBC journalists.

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Lauren McCullough: Twitter can be a ‘streamlining savior’ for journalists

Lauren McCullough: Twitter can be a ‘streamlining savior’ for journalists | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Lauren McCullough was the “audience and engagement manager” for the Associated Press at the time of this interview. She has since moved to MSNBC.com.

 

“I’m a big proponent of having one account per social network that you use personally and professionally. It’s what we encourage AP’s journalists to do. I’d guesstimate that I’m about 2/3 professional, 1/3 personal, but it really depends on the day (and how bad my commute was).”

 

(Published July 2011.)

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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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Think fast: Is that tweet true or false? How we use credibility cues to make decisions

Think fast: Is that tweet true or false? How we use credibility cues to make decisions | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"[R]esearcher Meredith Ringel Morris surveyed avid Twitter users to identify 32 features of a tweet that help determine credibility. What features were associated with low credibility?"

 

(Published March 16, 2012.)

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5 Twitter tips for the TV anchor (or anyone)

5 Twitter tips for the TV anchor (or anyone) | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Great list! "1. Be consistent. 2. Be available. 3. Add a personal touch. 4. Offer an inside view of the industry. 5. Don’t waste your audience’s time."

 

(Published December 2010.)

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Nicholas Benequista's curator insight, January 15, 2013 2:46 AM

I also found these ten general tips elsewhere that are useful to keep in mind (and I'm breaking one of the guidelines by not crediting it):

Have a voice that is credibile and reliable, but also personal and humanBe generous in retweets and credit othersLink to external material rather than simply broadcast your own contentListen and respond to othersProvide information that adds valueSeek out the views of usersPromote the most interesting and useful content for audiencesUse hashtags created by the Twitter communityInclude multimedia with tweetsLink to other networks where a conversation is happening, such as Facebook
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How news orgs are using RebelMouse for blizzard, Fashion Week

How news orgs are using RebelMouse for blizzard, Fashion Week | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“If you haven’t seen  The Wall Street Journal’s RebelMouse page for New York Fashion Week (NYFW) or their previous Davos coverage, you are missing out on some of the most rigorous and vital social beat reporting experiments in digital journalism.”

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Interesting that the article does not mention Scoop.it. 

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9 Ways You Should Be Using Twitter - Forbes

9 Ways You Should Be Using Twitter - Forbes | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it
Every day I meet people who ask me why they should be active on Twitter and every day I see Twitter friends try to hide their frustration over those that don’t understand their attachment. Here are 9 great ways to use Twitter.
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This is a good list that emphasizes how Twitter differs from Facebook (and consequently is more useful, if you use it well). 

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How Romney Learned the Hard Truth about Promoted Hashtags

How Romney Learned the Hard Truth about Promoted Hashtags | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Telling people to use a hashtag can turn around and bite you: “Thanks to Twitter's overdeveloped instinct for mockery, this is a fairly common tale. ... so common that it even earned an insufferably jargony name: a bashtag. ... Romney's stacks up as one of the worst bashtags Twitter's seen.” #AreYouBetterOff

 

(Published Sept. 6, 2012.)

 

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Hi Mindy, You have put together a nice collection of articles here. Thank you.
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Best Twitter Tools: News Discovery and Topic Monitoring via Hashtags

Best Twitter Tools: News Discovery and Topic Monitoring via Hashtags | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Robin Good: One of the most effective and popular methods to stay abreast of a topic area or to discover new stories about an issue is the use "hashtags" for Twitter seaches.

 

Here is a bunch of tools that make it easy for you to monitor and  search, one or multiple Twitter hashtags on your preferred topics.

 

Tools list: http://www.searchenginepeople.com/blog/best-tools-to-summarize-twitter-hashtags.html

 

(Published August 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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Should the mainstream media see Twitter as competition?

Should the mainstream media see Twitter as competition? | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“Twitter unveiled an interesting partnership with the NASCAR auto-racing circuit on Thursday, in which the real-time information network has created a kind of portal for the Pocono 400 race ... [A]n editor hired by Twitter will also be selecting or ‘curating’ the stream. If that sounds like the kind of thing a media company might do, it’s probably because it is the kind of thing a media company would do — the NASCAR deal takes Twitter even further into the realm of being a media entity.”

 

(Published June 8, 2012.)


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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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What Are Basic Social Media Skills Journalists Need?

What Are Basic Social Media Skills Journalists Need? | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

This short list was written by Ben LaMothe, who blogs for 10,000 Words. Example:

 

"Knowing What Stories Get Good Traction On Social Media Sites:

 

"Not every story you write, shoot or take video for, will translate well on social media sites. But there’s a skill to knowing an online community, and having a sense of what will resonate with that audience on that platform, and what is less likely to have an impact."

 

(Published April 10, 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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12 (of the) Best Social PR Guides, Tips and Techniques of 2011

12 (of the) Best Social PR Guides, Tips and Techniques of 2011 | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

For p.r. folks:

 

"What are the best practices for pitching journalists in this new environment? What are the (current) best practices for pitching bloggers? How can PR pros optimize their use of social media tools? How can you make a press release more friendly to blogs, Twitter and search engines? Find the answers to these questions and more here in a dozen of the best social PR guides of the past year."

 

(Published March 18, 2012.)

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How much do Twitter and Facebook boost local news-site traffic?

How much do Twitter and Facebook boost local news-site traffic? | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"I can attest that [Twitter's] promotional aspects are tertiary to newsgathering (talking to and finding new sources) and analysis (honing – and sometimes discarding -- ideas in conversation with smart people). Hopefully, reporters are making better stories for all readers, not just web-focused or socially networked ones." -- David Brauer, journalist, MinnPost

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Twitter and journalism: It shouldn't be that complicated

Twitter and journalism: It shouldn't be that complicated | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"By pretending that their journalists don’t have opinions, when everyone knows that they do, mainstream media outlets are suggesting their viewers or readers are too stupid to figure out where the truth lies, or too thick to consider the facts of a story if the reporter happens to have retweeted someone or joined a Facebook page."

 

(Published Nov. 8, 2011.)

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