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Using social media
on your beat
Steve Buttry
New Haven Register
sbuttry@journalregister.com
June 8, 2011
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What’s your social media strategy?
Ways to use social media
• Daily routine
• Find sources
• Breaking news
• Crowdsourcing
• Investigative reporting
• Distri...
• Follow officials & agencies on beat
• Twitter Search (advanced)
• Hashtags (regular & spontaneous)
• NearbyTweets
• Brea...
• Connect w/ sources (balance,
disclosure?)
• Check pages of agencies, people on beat
• Crowdsourcing
• Look for people in...
• Do agencies on beat post photos?
• Search for keywords, photos
• Invite people to contribute photos on
news stories
• Co...
• Do agencies, people on beat use?
• Watch for public videos getting attention
(will often see links, mentions on Twitter)...
• “Mayor” is great source about a business
or venue (employee or customer)
• See who has checked in for breaking
news stor...
• Connect with sources
• Find new sources through connections,
groups
• Discussions help find experts
• Check updates, sli...
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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.

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Social Media on the Beat

  1. 1. Using social media on your beat Steve Buttry New Haven Register sbuttry@journalregister.com June 8, 2011
  2. 2. Read more about it • stevebuttry.wordpress.com • slideshare.net/stevebuttry • @stevebuttry • zombiejournalism.com
  3. 3. What’s your social media strategy?
  4. 4. Ways to use social media • Daily routine • Find sources • Breaking news • Crowdsourcing • Investigative reporting • Distribute content
  5. 5. • Follow officials & agencies on beat • Twitter Search (advanced) • Hashtags (regular & spontaneous) • NearbyTweets • Breaking news • Crowdsourcing
  6. 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. 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. 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. 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. 10. • Connect with sources • Find new sources through connections, groups • Discussions help find experts • Check updates, slides, travel
  11. 11. Read more about it • stevebuttry.wordpress.com • slideshare.net/stevebuttry • @stevebuttry • zombiejournalism.com

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