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.