Social Media Newsgathering Tips for journalists (and others)
A good addition here to the tips for journalists using social media file from the Wall Street Journal.
Social media and journalism have developed a symbiotic relationship evidenced as we reported recently by a study showing many UK journalists say they “can’t work without social media. It is only some on the fringes who continue to argue that social media destroying good journalism. That is simply not true.
You only have to look to how journalists have used it to cover the Arab spring and Syria — that conflict in-particular has been noted as a ‘War Reported by social media and citizen-journalists’.
The tips here while aimed at those working in the media are more widely applicable to many others working in social media. It’s about good practice and that is universal.
We have had some good pieces here recently looking at social media and news. Particularly on the Twitter front as it recently issued its best practices for journalists.
That said another recent report pointed to Twitter not being as important as you might think in this arena. That is debatable as these tips point out.
Some of the tips here are about tools. We all have our favourites, the ones we can not do without. Mine are Tweetdeck, Scoop.it for more curation, the wonderful Storify, Word Press, ScribbleLive for live blogging and Twitter itself with the embedded Tweet function.
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