Not exactly journalism related, but…


Not exactly journalism related, but...

My friend started this a year ago because he was bored. It’s grown to 13 likes and 2,985 comments. Social media TO THE EXTREME.


Look Before You Tweet

This lady is NUTS. It’s people like her that give journalists like me a bad name.

Seriously, some people shouldn’t be able to call themselves reporters.

I demand background checks.

Aside: clearly, some people don’t realize that people can see EVERYTHING you tweet if your account is unlocked. So moral of this story is if you be dumb on Twitter, people will mock you.

What makes a journalist?

That’s a valid question. I report news for a living (seriously, I get paid for being on STN’s directors board!) and I follow the journalist’s code of ethics. I think that makes me a journalist.

At the same time, there are a million bloggers like me out there “reporting” news. Does that make them journalists? I’m not yet out of school. Am I a “citizen journalist”? And why do so many professional journos hate that term? Citizen journalists can help out, they can teach us new things that maybe we never thought of before.

Maybe they’re not professional, but who’s to say they’re wrong?

So it’s not just me…!

So there’s an art to gathering news from other places? This seems a little common sense to me though…

1. Organise the chaos

Otherwise you’re just grasping at straws for something you may or may not find.

2. Create Twitter lists

This seems repetitive…
3. Create Facebook lists

Come on, really?

4. Set up searches in TweetDeck

When you can find things, you can report on them.

5. Use Twitter’s advanced search

Again, it’s easier to report on things when you find them.

6. Set up RSS feeds around keywords or sources

Okay, I’m getting tired of repeating things.

7. Use Google advanced operators to search other social media

Again, search. Easy.

8. Use contacts to find contacts

Just like in the real world, right?

9. Nurture contacts

Prove to them that you want to help them out.

10. Consider private v public lists

You keep sources confidential, don’t you?

11. Keep your lists

Just like you wouldn’t throw out a business card.

12. Question the information shared by your sources

They might be lying to you. Always look for someone else to say the same thing.

13. Verify your sources

You need two confirms before you report. Otherwise you’re reporting false info, and that’s bad.

14. Pick up the phone

No duh. How else are you going to get a confirmation?
Yay, see, easy.

This just in – I forgot to blog this week

I apologize about my lack of posts this week. I was being a News Director.

So, since this is about social media & journalism, here’s one of my favorite news blogs – “This Just In”. This blog is run by CNN ( ) and constantly updated with the news of the day. Some news outlets are adapting online very well. I think CNN is one of them.