Twitter For Journalists


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

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Twitter For Journalists

  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. Things you might need to know...
  4. 4. Things you might need to know... # This is a hash tag
  5. 5. Things you might need to know... # This is a hash tag (Use it to tag tweets by topics)
  6. 6. Things you might need to know... # This is a hash tag (Use it to tag tweets by topics) #kdmcWeb
  7. 7. Things you might need to know... # This is a hash tag (Use it to tag tweets by topics) #kdmcWeb #twitterPresentation
  8. 8. Things you might need to know... # This is a hash tag (Use it to tag tweets by topics) #kdmcWeb #shooting #twitterPresentation
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. Ways Journalists Can Use Twitter • Content distribution. • Crowdsourcing. • Finding sources. • Connecting with a community. • Networking.
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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.
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. Finding Sources (Events)
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. Twitter Lists Examples
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. Searching Social Media Sites • - Better search than whostalkin, also includes alerts on a certain search term. • - Not as feature rich on stats. Includes lots of web results from sites like wikipedia and blogger. • - Slow site, but might fetch results the other don’t find.
  20. 20. Twitter Directories • - The YellowPages of Twitter. • - Find local tweeters. (only mid-size to large cities in some countries) • - Great place to find new followers
  21. 21. Twitter Search • However, it only goes back about a week. • Tries to find topics and links within Tweets. • Search “[query]” (Google now has real-time search results from Twitter)