Digital reporting. Social media. Crowdsourcing for reporting Monitoring For trends, conversation, what is happening in community. Finding sources Inspiration – story ideas . Crowdsourcing. Jake Tapper of ABC News:
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Jake Tapper of ABC News:
A health insurance company raised its premiums in California, affecting thousands of people. He sent a tweet out to his followers, asking if any of them were members.
@lemoneyes tweeted she was. He followed her, got her information through DM, emailed her, verified her situation and sent a camera crew to her.
“The next morning she was on ABC's Good Morning America. There is no way I could have done that before.”
Denver Post: Parents raiding their children’s credit during the recession
Looking for a 20-something person whose credit had been trashed by parents who had taken a social security number for loans and other credit services
Found her through Twitter
Picking the brains of smart people and influencers.
Great way to monitor news, events and happenings in your community.
Inspiration for story ideas.
Look at the followers of people you follow
You can make your list private or public.
You’re the only person who can see your private account.
But because your account could be hacked, don’t put confidential sources in public or private lists.
You can follow the lists of others
Need to be strategic
Need to be constantly adding and deleting.
Advanced Twitter search
Real conversations (no links)
During breaking news, look for secondary hashtags
In a big breaking story, retweets and commentary around the country might quickly overtake the hashtag. To find local people tweeting what they saw or experienced, use advanced search to search the hashtag with a location filter close to the scene.
Reddit community is generally smart and extraordinarily resourceful, which Denver Post found during Aurora shooting. (Dan Petty)
Petty watches the sub-Reddit for Denver closely.
Real-time public posts
Contacting a source
Crowdsourcing – asking for storm photos, for example.
Advanced Search to find contacts. Sort the results by degrees away from you and then request an introduction from one of your connections so that the source will be more comfortable with you.
Let the story come to you! Keeping an up-to-date, robust profile ensures that potential sources will find you when they are seeking to tell their story.
Ask a private question to your network to find the right inside connection or piece of information.
LinkedIn for journalists
How a reporter used it.
Use Storify to search tweets by location.
Build your credible online news source network before news breaks.
Map out connections between sources.