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#Tip: Learn how to use Weibo to find Chinese stories

March 31st, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Social media has become a vital tool for distributing content and its growing usefulness in finding stories and sources makes it a key part of the modern journalist’s toolbox.

Self-proclaimed social newswire Storyful has made a business out of finding stories on social media, far beyond the mainstream of Facebook and Twitter, and shared some tips on the subject recently.

In a blog post looking at how to “discover content” on Chinese social network Weibo, Storyful’s Sophia Xu said “its integration with other social platforms make it the first place where Chinese users spread news and share viral stories”.

The whole thing is well worth a read if you’re looking to find stories that may not have made it into the English-language media.

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#Tip: ‘Doorstep’ key YouTube accounts so uploads are emailed to you

October 11th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Malachy Browne, news editor at social news agency Storyful, advises “doorstepping” key YouTube accounts so you receive email alerts when new videos are added to a particular account.

In a presentation at news:rewired, our digital journalism conference, Browne gave an example as to how this helped Storyful.

He explained how sources within Storyful’s US politics Twitter list said that an April Fool’s prank had been pulled on Mitt Romney, who was on his presidential campaign rally.

Sources said that staff had taken Romney into an empty room. But who would have a video? asked Browne.

Romney’s “bagman” has a YouTube account and Storyful was able to sign up to an alert and receive an email about the video 30 minutes before Romney tweeted about it.

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#Podcast: Managing user-generated content in breaking news

April 19th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Multimedia, Podcast

User-generated content is becoming increasingly important in reporting on breaking news situations, so this week’s podcast looks at how different organisations and platforms manage the influx of user submitted content.

  • Markham Nolan, managing editor, Storyful
  • Dan Petty, social media editor, Denver Post
  • Paul Owen, journalist and regular live blogger, Guardian
  • Ken Goldberg, project leader of the Rashomon Project, UC Berkeley

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

 

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Read Storyful’s new ebook on social newsgathering

January 25th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Social media and blogging
Image by IsaacMao on Flickr. Some rights reserved

Image by IsaacMao on Flickr. Some rights reserved

Social news agency Storyful has published an ebook on social newsgathering.

It has been edited by Claire Wardle and includes articles previously posted on the Storyful blog.

The ebook is in PDF format and is free, allowing you to learn things such as how to spot a fake or hoax image, how to verify content from social media, and how and why your should use Twitter’s own version of TweetDeck.

The Storyful blog has become one of our favourite tips sites, with practical advice shared by working journalists on how to get the most out of social newsgathering. Save this PDF to your tablet or phone and your next train journey will be an educational one.

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at Journalism.co.uk email us using this link.

Hat tip: Mark Little

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Watch Storyful’s Hangout on verifying Sandy footage

If you are interested in learning more about verification, particularly around how user-generated video footage of Hurricane Sandy was verified, there is a Google+ Hangout later today that you should watch.

Social news agency Storyful, which verifies images and videos shared on social media and sends them to news outlet clients, is hosting a Google+ Hangout at 4.30pm today (10 December).

The Storyful blog explains why it is taking place and who is participating.

One month on [from Sandy], Storyful is hosting a Live to Air Google Hangout to discuss what happened during Sandy, the continued challenges faced by journalists trying to verify content in real-time, and the possibilities offered by technology during a big news event.

The panel includes:

Adam Blenford, journalist, BBC (US Bureau)

Liz Heron, social media director, Wall Street Journal

Aine Kerr, politics editor, Storyful

Tom Phillips, international editor at MSN UK and runs http://istwitterwrong.tumblr.com

Craig Silverman, editor of Regret the Error on Poynter.com

Paul Watson, chief technical officer, Storyful

The discussion will be moderated by Dr Claire Wardle, director of news services at Storyful, and will be held in front of a live audience at Google HQ Dublin. Students from New York’s Columbia Journalism School and a number of Dublin journalism programmes will also be joining the Hangout.

Storyful has prepared a short video which gives you a sense of the verification process.

Link to the Hangout: plus.google.com/+Storyful

Catch up later: youtube.com/storyful

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at Journalism.co.uk email us using this link.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Using Facebook to find stories

Storyful, a service that partners with media companies to aggregate and verify news from social networks, has a guide to Facebook for journalists.

The blog post by Storyful.com editor Fiona McCann explains how journalists can use Facebook’s own search facility, and recommends a tool for anyone who is not logged into a Facebook account.

The post explains how to search public posts by ‘group’, ‘people’ and ‘pages’ within Facebook, and shows how to click on ‘see more results’ to bring up “a host of search filters”.

McCann also recommends Open Status Search [formerly known as Open Facebook Search] and has another great tip:

Open Status Search also offers a ‘get embed code’ button which offers the easily-copied html code for embedding a particular search on your own site, with options to customise width, height and number of search items displayed.

Read the full Storyful blog post.

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at Journalism.co.uk email us using this link.

 

 

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#Tip of the day for journalists – using Facebook for news gathering and more

Social news wire Storyful runs through the different ways journalists can use Facebook in this recent blog post, both for news gathering and finding leads as well as community engagement.

For more on using Facebook, here is a Journalism.co.uk guide to using Facebook Subscribe and a feature looking at how ProPublica is using a Facebook group to generate conversation and a support network around an investigation.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Verifying locations featured in videos

September 27th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Each week social news wire Storyful is publishing a blog post outlining a key skill for journalists, and this week looks at ways to verify locations featured in a video using online tools. This includes reference to tools such as Google Translate, Panoramio, Google Maps, OpenStreetmap, Bing Maps and Flickr, as well as many more.

See the full post here.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Browser advice

September 19th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

The Storyful blog has a useful post on browsers: “the one internet tool that newsrooms use probably more often than any other”.

And Gavin Sheridan, Storyful’s innovation director, has a message for users of Internet Explorer 6.

These days, using IE6 in your newsroom isn’t just bad practice, it’s a professional hazard.

The post talks through the pros and cons of Firefox and Chrome. Read it in full at this link.

Storyful, a social media news agency, has great expertise in using internet research tools in newsgathering.

Related: Here’s our list of 10 incredibly useful browser extensions for journalists and 10 free apps in the Chrome web store that journalists should know about.

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#Podcast – Tips and tools for sorting the social media chaos

September 14th, 2012 | 2 Comments | Posted by in Podcast, Social media and blogging
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This podcast looks at tips and tools for finding sources and stories via social media. It includes practical advice on finding the signal in the noise.

Journalism.co.uk technology editor Sarah Marshall speaks to:

Related listening and reading:

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

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