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This presentation breaks down the key points from First Draft's article "Essential Guide to Newsgathering and Monitoring on the Social Web". Scroll through to find unique, cutting-edge methods and tools to meet your investigative needs and keeping up with the dynamic of online news.

This presentation breaks down the key points from First Draft's article "Essential Guide to Newsgathering and Monitoring on the Social Web". Scroll through to find unique, cutting-edge methods and tools to meet your investigative needs and keeping up with the dynamic of online news.

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Newsgathering and Monitoring on the Social Web

  1. 1. Newsgathering and Monitoring on the Social Web Nadia Goldstar Dr. Fady Ramzy Social Media Journalism
  2. 2. “ REGARDLESS OF YOUR BEAT OR AREA OF FOCUS, UNDERSTANDING HOW TO USE THE SOCIAL WEB TO DISCOVER, MONITOR, AND RESEARCH STORIES IS AN ESSENTIAL SKILL. ” ❏ Find sources ❏ Monitor conversations ❏ Track events and issues that a ect a community Page 6, Newsgathering & Monitoring on the Social Web {Newsgathering} Active Search
  3. 3. The feedback loop of keywords and wedge topics and sources from specific platforms First Draft used to monitor the 2019 European elections. Source; First Draft, p.6 Identifying sources and keywords forms the core of online newsgathering. Platforms, Sources, and Keywords
  4. 4. {Monitoring} Passive Search Iterative process that involves the constant collection of new information relevant to the topics, sources and conversations you are tracking.
  5. 5. I. Search Engines Boolean Operators in databases Always capitalize Boolean search terms. Narrowing Results in Newsgathering
  6. 6. Return results with the exact phrase contained in quote marks Groups the terms contained in parentheses to clarify search strings with multiple operators Fill in the blank Search - recruit* Result - recruiting, recruiter, recruitment
  7. 7. Additional Filtering ● Date Search ● Google Scholar + Google Dataset ● Using search engines relevant to location of interest. ○ E.g. Baidu instead of Google for search content in China ● For results not influenced by previous search history, use a search engine like DuckDuckGo that doesn’t track activities
  8. 8. Search Engines for News Monitoring ● Activating alerts to stay apprised of new and relevant content ● Use Boolean operators & adv. search features to structure alerts ● Power searching with Google ● Google Search lessons ● Research Clinic
  9. 9. II. Twitter a. Twitter Lists b. Twitter Advanced Search c. Tweetdeck dashboard d. Tweet Beaver
  10. 10. a. Twitter Lists ● ● Keywords site:twitter.com/*/lists ○ Subscribe to lists ● Identify a good source then add /memberships to the URL of a particular user. E.g.: ○ twitter.com/FDNY/memberships ● 3rd Party Tool ○ Scoutzen ○ Narrows search to most popular and relevant lists by subscriber number and members.
  11. 11. b. Twitter Advanced Search An interface to make very specific queries, like only searching for tweets from or to specific accounts, during certain time periods, or containing particular types of content, like videos or links.
  12. 12. c. TweetDeck ● Tailored dashboard displaying an unlimited number of columns with Twitter lists, search strings and specific accounts or activity all side-by side, updating in real-time. ● Streamlined and filtered feeds ● Customizable Notifications
  13. 13. d. Tweetbeaver ● Find Common Friends ● Find conversations between two accounts ● Download a user’s followers list ● Much more...
  14. 14. I. CrowdTangle ○ Social Media Trends & Engagements by Lists ○ “Weights” feature: Identify post metrics by reactions ○ “Link Checker” Chrome Ext. ■ See where link has been shared online ○ Live Display ■ Track Columns from different columns with advanced filters ○ Custom Notifications
  15. 15. ● Filter Search Results ○ Date, Photo, Video, Location, Livestream ● Google Query ○ For pages: site:facebook.com/pages “keywords” ○ For groups: site:facebook.com/groups “keywords”
  16. 16. Mashfeed, Iconosquare, etc. ○ 3rd Party Tools ○ Build Instagram Lists ○ Find and monitor viral hashtags and users ● {Search my Bio} ○ Find relevant people or accounts from keywords in users’ bios. ● Google Query: ○ inurl:instagram.com/p/ “keyword”
  17. 17. Search Subreddits ● Keywords to identify relevant communities. ● Set filters and Boolean operators to narrow search results. Track Subreddits by linking them to an RSS feeder or CrowdTangle.
  18. 18. ● RSS Feeder ○ Monitor multiple websites in one aggregated feed by creating lists V. Websites ● Klaxon ○ Scans and notifies you of any website changes on a URL with each scan ● Wayback Machine “Changes” feature ○ Pinpoint changes on websites within given time frame. ● First Draft ToolKit ○ Multi-faceted, all-in-one resource for news gathering and investigation
  19. 19. ● Search filters ● Export and categorize YouTube channels to RSS for real-time feed alongside other blogs and websites you are tracking
  20. 20. News by Location map.snapchat.com ❖ Engage with interactive visualizations ❖ Explore trends from users locally → globally https://www.trendsmap.com/
  21. 21. Finding experts in any given topic ● linkedin.com/search/results/people ○ #1 Tool ○ Narrow Search with Keywords to find professionals in that field ■ e.g. “Business Coach” ● Followerwonk.com ● http://hunter.io
  22. 22. ● Consider your own biases ● Comment sections are gold mines ● Think about how people talk online about issues ● 3 Pillars of Newsgathering: Platforms, Sources, and Keywords
  23. 23. The information presented in this project was derived from: “First Draft’s Essential Guide to News Gathering and Monitoring on the Social Web” from October 2019 in partnership with the Google News Initiative. “How to find stories by newsgathering and monitoring the social web | Webinar” by First Draft Course content from Dr. Fady Ramzy’s Social Media Journalism class, AUC Spring 2021

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