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A presentation on how journalists can use Twitter for reporting and connecting with communities. Presented by Jeremy Rue, multimedia trainer.

A presentation on how journalists can use Twitter for reporting and connecting with communities. Presented by Jeremy Rue, multimedia trainer.

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    • KNIGHT DIGITAL MEDIA CENTER WEB 2.0
    • Microblogging Web Sites • Short 144 character messages. • You “follow” other accounts, and people can follow you. • Updatefrom anywhere using cell phone SMS, smartphone • Replyto specific tweets.
    • Things you might need to know...
    • Things you might need to know... # This is a hash tag
    • Things you might need to know... # This is a hash tag (Use it to tag tweets by topics)
    • Things you might need to know... # This is a hash tag (Use it to tag tweets by topics) #kdmcWeb
    • Things you might need to know... # This is a hash tag (Use it to tag tweets by topics) #kdmcWeb #twitterPresentation
    • Things you might need to know... # This is a hash tag (Use it to tag tweets by topics) #kdmcWeb #shooting #twitterPresentation
    • Things you might need to know... To “re-tweet” is to re-post a message (tweet) by someone else. This used to be done manually by simply copy and pasting, but now Twitter has integrated retweets into its service.
    • Things you might need to know... A “list” is a new feature in Twitter that allows you to compile a list of Twitter users that you can either follow or send around. You can create your own list, or follow someone else’s list. The people in a list do not show up in your main feed.
    • Ways Journalists Can Use Twitter • Content distribution. • Crowdsourcing. • Finding sources. • Connecting with a community. • Networking.
    • Content Distribution • Sending your content out through as many places as possible. • Keepit topical, specific, and sporadic. (don’t turn it into an RSS feed) • Content is king. • Don’tautomate. Be a filter. Use news judgement about what’s important. link
    • Crowdsourcing • Works best if you build a large audience/following. • Thinkabout the audience you are asking. • Questions that ask for opinions or ideas tend to work best.
    • Finding Sources (research) • Use the natural filter of social networks to help you find links to your questions. • Peopleusually weed through the crud, and only the best content reaches the top. • Use the different networks to their advantages.
    • Finding Sources (Events)
    • Connecting with a community • Follow people in your community. Search by locations, topics, keywords periodically. • Add to the conversation, so you become a contributor/ member of the community. • Build personality for the news organization.
    • Twitter Lists Examples
    • Geocoding individual tweets • Twitter has implemented geocoding on individual tweets, but it’s an opt-in situation. • Identify where people posted tweets from. • Collect data, use map visualizations. Mashable’s 9 ways to find local tweets
    • Searching Social Media Sites • http://socialmention.com - Better search than whostalkin, also includes alerts on a certain search term. • http://www.samepoint.com - Not as feature rich on stats. Includes lots of web results from sites like wikipedia and blogger. • http://www.whostalkin.com - Slow site, but might fetch results the other don’t find.
    • Twitter Directories • http://www.twellow.com - The YellowPages of Twitter. • http://www.twellow.com/twellowhood - Find local tweeters. (only mid-size to large cities in some countries) • http://wefollow.com/ - Great place to find new followers
    • Twitter Search • http://search.twitter.com However, it only goes back about a week. • http://www.bing.com/twitter Tries to find topics and links within Tweets. • http://www.google.com Search “[query] site:twitter.com” (Google now has real-time search results from Twitter)