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Journalists use social media to interact with audiences, stay informed, find sources, and share news.
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How ‘Grammar Girl’ turned a single hobby podcast into a growing media network

How ‘Grammar Girl’ turned a single hobby podcast into a growing media network | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

She says: “I post links to my own work, but I also do a lot of curation. I post links to other things that I think people who like Grammar Girl would also find interesting…I answer a lot of questions [about grammar], as many as I can, and I think people appreciate that — the fact that I’m there and I’m constantly giving good information. It helps people remember me when they’re thinking about buying a book."

 

(Published Feb. 21, 2012.)

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Social Bookmarking for Journalists

Manage cuttings (clips); find new leads and information; publish (“link journalism”): Paul Bradshaw explains each one of these. Popular tools for social bookmarks include Delicious and Diigo.

 

(Published May 2008.)

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Social media pushes government, says Clement

Social media pushes government, says Clement | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

In Canada, Treasury Board president Tony Clement explained how popular opinion (via tweets and emails) inspired direct action from the national government:

 

" 'We decided to send a signal to the CRTC that if they came after the government of Canada with the status quo [and not change the decision] … we would just veto it. So I was enabled by the Prime Minister’s office to get that out on Twitter first.'

 

"[Clement] claimed the tweet created a controversy because he went 'direct to the people' and not through mainstream media. 'We were trying to break new ground,' Clement said."

 

(Published Feb. 17, 2012.)

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An Introduction to Pinterest

An Introduction to Pinterest | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"Explore this board for a sampling of how companies and people are experimenting with Pinterest. Share links to items you think we should 'repin' - or post - to this board in the comments section of the note pinned below."

 

Pinboard from The Wall Street Journal.

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Best social media tools for journalists

Best social media tools for journalists | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Here's a crowdsourced list of sites and tools that journalists are using in their work. The links point to articles that explain how journalists use these tools.

 

(Published Feb. 16, 2012.)

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Charlie Lares Rocha's curator insight, June 9, 2013 9:24 PM

Print Journalism is a dying art. Sadly, I push foward to see newspapers and print disappear into the past. Online is new, its trend, its now!

Pepa Badell Serra's comment, September 9, 2013 1:46 AM
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Storyful. » The Human Algorithm

"Genuine innovation requires a fundamental shift in how journalists think about their role in a changed world. To begin with, they need to get used to being ‘curators’; sorting news from the noise on the social web using smart new tools and good old fashioned reporting skills.

 

"I find it helps to think of curation as three central questions:

"* Discovery: How do we find valuable social media content?
"* Verification: How do we make sure we can trust it?
"* Delivery: How do we turn that content into stories for a changed audience?"

 

(Published May 20, 2011.)

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Social media tool aims to help journalists find undiscovered, reliable sources on Twitter

Social media tool aims to help journalists find undiscovered, reliable sources on Twitter | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"I wonder how reporters could have used those tweets to chase down leads and fill in some of the details of [Whitney] Houston’s death."

 

A prototype tool, developed by researchers at Rutgers University and Microsoft, designed to help you track down sources: SRSR (Seriously Rapid Source Review).

 

(Published Feb. 14, 2012.)

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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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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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ASNE guide to “10 Best Practices for Social Media”

ASNE guide to “10 Best Practices for Social Media” | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

From this page you can download a PDF (598 KB; 50 pages) that provides a list of guidelines, 10 key takeaways, AND ALSO the actual social media policies from various news organizations, including Bloomberg News, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

 

(Published May 2011.)

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Using Storify for journalism education

Using Storify for journalism education | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"How to use Storify in the classroom to help students connect with the news, explore sourcing and context. This is *not* cut-and-paste journalism. This is 21st century journalism which uses social media as dynamic wire postings and lets the reporter curate the content and provide context."

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Wall Street Journal covers Fashion Week fashionably, finding uses for Pinterest and Instagram

Wall Street Journal covers Fashion Week fashionably, finding uses for Pinterest and Instagram | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"The Journal has deployed nine journalists to cover Fashion Week in New York, all armed with iPhones and Instagram accounts. They are encouraged to file constantly."

 

"Pinterest offers the chance to reach massive, sharing-oriented new audiences — but also requires a different, more visual kind of editorial thinking. The Wall Street Journal is giving it an early try by looping in another booming young social app."

 

(Published Feb. 9, 2012.)

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Kudos to BBC News for thinking about how Twitter fits into breaking news coverage

Kudos to BBC News for thinking about how Twitter fits into breaking news coverage | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"When I was working for the local D.C.-area news websites of TBD.com and WJLA.com, I came up with a breaking news workflow that I think worked for us. Here are the steps ..."

 

(Published Feb. 9, 2012)

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Social Media and Journalism: Key Impact Areas

Social Media and Journalism: Key Impact Areas | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"[F]our areas impacted by social media: the changing definition of an authoritative news source, the concept of news participators, how news is shared, and the changing news cycle."

 

Thoughtful and useful article from consultant Debra Askanase. Although she focuses on NGOs (nonprofits), journalists can learn a lot from her ideas.

 

(Published Feb. 17, 2012.)

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SoundCloud for Journalists

SoundCloud for Journalists | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Record and share audio files.

 

"[W]hether you are holding an interview or doing some field reporting you can capture and distribute your content quickly. There are various ways to do this - you can record via our site or you can use our iPhone or Android apps."

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RT, MT, HT, via: Giving credit on Twitter

RT, MT, HT, via: Giving credit on Twitter | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

What do MT, HT, via, and RT mean in Twitter posts? This is a clear, brief explainer. Missing: OH ("overheard").

 

(Published February 2011.)

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Journalism and Social Media: 15 Examples Worth Learning From

Journalism and Social Media: 15 Examples Worth Learning From | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Examples include Reuters, ProPublica, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NPR; tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, Egypt; Foursquare, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+.

 

(Published October 2011.)

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6 things we learned about journalism from Social Media Week

6 things we learned about journalism from Social Media Week | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"It’s good to remember that some of these social tools have good internal uses for journalists; they’re not just for broadcasting to the public."

 

(Published Feb. 15, 2012.)

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How Journalists Are Using Timeline Apps to Share with Subscribers

How Journalists Are Using Timeline Apps to Share with Subscribers | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"From sharing what they're reading on news apps or the music they are listening to on Spotify, journalists have added apps to their Timeline to engage with their subscribers in a unique way."

 

(Published Feb. 16, 2012.)

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How Mainstream Media Outlets Use Twitter - Pew Research Center

How Mainstream Media Outlets Use Twitter - Pew Research Center | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"A new study of the practices of 13 major [U.S.] news organizations by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism ... reveals that these news organizations use Twitter in limited ways -- primarily as an added means to disseminate their own material. Both the sharing of outside content and engagement with followers are rare."

 

(Published November 2011.)

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Twitter on TV: A Producer’s Guide

Twitter on TV: A Producer’s Guide | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

This is a really good 2.5-minute video that +shows+ how hashtags, Twitter handles, and so on are used on TV shows to encourage audience feedback and participation. Guidelines and tips at the end of the article (below the video).

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Instagram signs up a new user every second; more than 10 million users

Instagram signs up a new user every second; more than 10 million users | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"So what made Instagram so successful? Some of it was good timing ... the app launched not long after the new iPhone 4 was released ... had a much better camera than its predecessor. This led to more demand for a good photo-sharing service ... Instagram was one of the few photo apps that connected to other services as well as its own, including Flickr and Tumblr and Facebook."

 

(Published Sept. 27, 2011.)

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Using Storify to report

"These are a collection of suggestions and tips for creating and populating a report in Storify."

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Tweeting the news for CBS 6

Tweeting the news for CBS 6 | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Reporter and anchor Lorenzo Hall (@LorenzoHall) of WTVR CBS 6 "admitted that it took him a while to get acquainted with Twitter.  ... Now, Twitter is one of the first things he checks when he wakes up in the morning. Hall said he has his phone with him throughout the day to check Twitter updates from other news organizations. He pointed out that checking Twitter can help him ensure that he does not miss stories that the other local stations are covering. And he uses Twitter to break the news long before the evening newscast. Hall shoots photos and videos with his cell phone on the story he is covering for TV and posts them on Twitter."

 

(Published Feb. 8, 2012.) This story was reported by VCU journalism student Alix Hines (@AlixHines).

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Why journalists should break news on Twitter

Why journalists should break news on Twitter | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"[T]o advise journalists not to break news on Twitter is anachronistic. It ignores the value that a journalist and their parent organisation can gain by signalling that they are across a major development.

 

"People who’ve heard that something has happened may wonder why a journalist with BBC or Sky News hasn’t tweeted it yet.

 

"Moreover, tweeting the news can add to their credibility as a trusted news source, especially if Twitter is awash with rumour and speculation."

 

(Published Feb. 8, 2012)

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