We’ll discuss the leading social tools for journalists: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, each strong for a few years now, and Google+, the newest (potentially) major player.
I’ll get the participants started on Twitter if they aren’t already, so they can live-tweet the class.
I’ll suggest different approaches for people to take in their live-tweeting
We’ll discuss different types of social tools.
After the overview session, we’ll do a session focusing on Twitter.
We’lldiscuss some examples of Twitter’s use for breakingnews.
We’ll also discuss the Denver plane crash that Mike Wilson survived and how the media missed an opportunity by not using Twitter.
The next several slides will illustrate points from my February case study of how @statesman used Twitter effectively in the story of the terrorist plane crash into the IRS building in Austin.
I’ll use the next several slides in a discussion of how Bill Doskoch used Twitter on a more routine (and amusing) daily story.
The third session of the workshop will deal with curation, specifically the use of Storify, as well as live reporting using CoverILive.
In the last session, I will give the class time to work on new tools. Each person will choose a platform he or she hasn’t used much before and work on expanding his or her profile and exploring its uses for journalists.
Transcript of "Social media and reporting"
Social mediaand reporting<br />Steve Buttry<br />firstname.lastname@example.org<br />Committee of Concerned Journalists<br />Georgetown University #CCJPortugal<br />August 30, 2011<br />
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Getting started:<br />Set up profile at Twitter.com<br />Be sure to add bio, link, photo (later)<br />Add mobile option (later)<br />Tweet several times during workshop<br />Choose people to follow (later)<br />Twitter tips at stevebuttry.wordpress.com<br />
Live-tweeting this workshop<br />Straight reporting<br />Commentary<br />Links<br />Photographs<br />
Many more users<br />Much info private<br />Tougher to search<br />Not as immediate (less frequent updates)<br />Engage, don’t intrude<br />Great for breaking news<br />Great real-time search<br />Engagement not as intrusive<br />Hashtags help w/ search, conversation<br />
Connect w/ sources (balance, disclosure?)<br />Check pages of agencies, people on beat<br />Crowdsourcing (ask on their pages as well as yours)<br />Look for people in the news<br />Journalist page<br />
Before the big story breaks<br />Follow lots of local people (NearbyTweets, replies, retweets, check followers)<br />Join local conversation<br />Master Twitter search (advanced)<br />Promote local #hashtag taxonomy (#okstorm)<br />Use Twitter routinely on your beat<br />
Quakes and tornadoes<br />Indonesia<br />Twitter HQ, Virginia earthquake<br />
When the big story breaks<br />Twitter Search (advanced)<br />Connect w/ witnesses<br />Crowdsource<br />Tweet early & often<br />Seek verification<br />Address rumors (say what you don’t know)<br />Seek photos<br />Converse<br />Answer questions<br />Thank contributors<br />Promote fresh content<br />Link to new reports (even competitors’)<br />Be human (fun where appropriate)<br />
People to follow<br />Look for sources (find people)<br />Ask sources<br />Journalists in other communities<br />When someone follows you, check out to see whether you should follow back<br />When you follow someone, check whom they follow<br />Tweeps mentioned in interesting tweets<br />
Authenticate & attribute<br />Ask: “How do you know that?”<br />Ask careful questions of crowd to help you vet & verify<br />Check links, tweets & information on sources<br />Link to original source<br />Attribute<br />