Better, deeper sourcing

Jake Sherlock talked a little this week about using social media to source stories. We could spend a lot more time on the subject.

Or you could just read this terrific, comprehensive look at social media in journalism that I found on Mashable some time back. It’s pretty amazing, when you consider all of the ways these tools have already been used. I think of the information that’s traveling on these channels as “incoming,” “outgoing,” and “going back and forth” between journalists/news organizations and people/communities.

It takes some energy and commitment to stay tuned in to those channels and have an identity on them, but there are some big, busy conversations taking place out there that journalists have a place in.

We’ll talk more about sourcing — traditional and new — in class tomorrow, as well as how to do better searches.

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4 Responses to Better, deeper sourcing

  1. Ryan Cornell says:

    You were completely right about the Bing thing. I’ve always been wary of it — I guess I’ve just grown too used to Google’s algorithm, but I tried Bing after class today. And I plan on using it a lot more often.

    I’m working on a story about wanted fugitives in Boone County and Google wouldn’t feed me anything besides Facebook profiles with the same name and Pipl ads. I tried Bing and it gave me some really helpful results in a fraction of the time.

    • reedkath says:

      It really is quite amazing, isn’t it? I’m going to dig up the link to the New York Times story about the comparison between Bing and Google and post it ASAP.

  2. Tonight I am working a GA shift at the sports desk and I had to write a brief about a track and field event. The teams official website did not have any information up yet about the competition. I looked on the website and found the team’s twitter account, so I followed it. They had already updated the results of the tournament, including times, points, pretty much anything specific to the event. I was able to write a brief just off the twitter updates. We of course waited until the SID released a news brief via email- to confirm the information, but it was interesting that I had just written an entire story that was based off sourcing from twitter. Yet another example of how the social media has changed journalism in the present day.

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