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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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social media
Social media
  • Crowdsourcing for reporting
  • Monitoring
    • For trends, conversation, what is happening in community.
  • Finding sources
  • Inspiration – story ideas

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

monitoring with twitter
Monitoring with Twitter

Picking the brains of smart people and influencers.

Great way to monitor news, events and happenings in your community.

Inspiration for story ideas.

twitter lists
Twitter lists
  • A great way to organize
    • Who you follow
    • Who follows you
    • Accounts you may not officially follow but want to keep track of.
where to find good followers
Where to find good followers

Twitter suggestions

Look at the followers of people you follow

finding helpful people to follow
Finding helpful people to follow
  • Topsy – idea-generator
  • WeFollow – can search for experts, influencers
  • Twellow – a mixed bag
  • Listorious– find followers and experts.
  • Twiangulate – discover inner circles.
  • Socialmention – real-time search
  • Advanced Twitter search – by subject or location
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Twitter lists

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.

who to follow
Who to follow?
  • When you follow someone, Twitter will suggest others
  • You can add the followers of the people you follow
  • You can follow the lists of others
how to find sources
How to find sources?

You can follow the lists of others

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Twitter lists

Need to be strategic

Need to be constantly adding and deleting.

  • Twitter hashtags
    • City
    • University
    • State government
    • Schools
monitoring hashtags
Monitoring hashtags


Twitter reach:

search twitter
Search: Twitter

Advanced Twitter search

Search operators

Real conversations (no links)


breaking news
Breaking news

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.

search facebook
Search: Facebook

Finding people

Real-time public posts

Contacting a source

Crowdsourcing – asking for storm photos, for example.

search linkedin
Search: LinkedIn

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.

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Search: LinkedIn

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

ban jo

How a reporter used it.

finding sources on the scene
Finding sources on the scene


Use Storify to search tweets by location.

be proactive
Be proactive

Build your credible online news source network before news breaks.

Map out connections between sources.