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Social Media on the Beat

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These are slides for my workshop on using social media on the beat, presented June 8, 2011, for the New Haven Register newsroom.

These are slides for my workshop on using social media on the beat, presented June 8, 2011, for the New Haven Register newsroom.

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  • We’ll discuss how reporters need to use social media to cover their beats more efficiently.

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  • 1. Using social mediaon your beat
    Steve Buttry
    New Haven Register
    sbuttry@journalregister.com
    June 8, 2011
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  • 3. What’s your social media strategy?
  • 4. Ways to use social media
    Daily routine
    Find sources
    Breaking news
    Crowdsourcing
    Investigative reporting
    Distribute content
  • 5. Follow officials & agencies on beat
    Twitter Search (advanced)
    Hashtags (regular & spontaneous)
    NearbyTweets
    Breaking news
    Crowdsourcing
  • 6. Connect w/ sources (balance, disclosure?)
    Check pages of agencies, people on beat
    Crowdsourcing
    Look for people in the news
    Ask for permission to use photos
  • 7. Do agencies on beat post photos?
    Search for keywords, photos
    Invite people to contribute photos on news stories
    Connect w/ people posting photos
    Seek permission (check conditions)
    Give credit
  • 8. Do agencies, people on beat use?
    Watch for public videos getting attention (will often see links, mentions on Twitter)
    Embed in stories, blogs
  • 9. “Mayor” is great source about a business or venue (employee or customer)
    See who has checked in for breaking news story
    Tips might provide questions for stories
    Break story w/ Foursquare “shout”
  • 10.
    • Connect with sources
    • 11. Find new sources through connections, groups
    • 12. Discussions help find experts
    • 13. Check updates, slides, travel
  • Read more about it
    stevebuttry.wordpress.com
    slideshare.net/stevebuttry
    @stevebuttry
    zombiejournalism.com