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N.B. This guide has been fully updated as of April 2017

Welcome!

The Social Media Reporter is a guide to help you leverage the power of social media in your reporting.

If you feel less than comfortable with all this, you are in the right place. …


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This section covers:

  • Twitter lists (public and private) and how to make and find them
  • Using Tweetdeck effectively
  • Facebook Interest Lists and Groups
  • Tools for getting organised (free and paid)
  • IFTTT (If This Then That)

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This is the first section for…


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This section covers:

How to find images and video from a specific location:

  • Direct from Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites
  • Using free and paid tools
  • The ethics and crediting of eyewitness media

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Ethics and crediting

I’m putting this first because it’s important…


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This section covers:

  • Fake accounts
  • Verifying images
  • Verifying video
  • More resources

Update: The US election in November 2016 and the debate around fake news has thrown a huge spotlight on this important area. For more reading and the latest updates, check First Draft News.

One of the most important things…


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This section covers:

  • Advanced search on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Reddit to find interviewees, story ideas and for research
  • Tracking people down via their social media accounts

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✳️ Facebook Signal

Update: Facebook Signal has closed down, so these links no longer work unfortunately…


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This section covers:

  • How to find out what’s trending — on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Google, and Reddit
  • What’s the best hashtag to use?
  • Who shared this story?

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The last couple of years have seen an explosion in tools and interest…


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Here are a few places I’d recommend you go for more on social media and news.

✳️ First Draft News has rapidly emerged as the go-to place for everything to do with verification and ethics. It pulls together articles, guides, case studies and online training courses from many of the…


** This is preview of what’s to come in The Social Media Reporter — a guide to using social media for newsgathering. It will be up-and-running soon. If you’d like to like to be alerted when it’s ready, please send me an email at cordeliaheb@gmail.com …

Cordelia Hebblethwaite

Commissioning editor for @bbcideas — short films for curious minds. Via @BBCNewsnight, @JSKStanford, @BBCTrending and more. Wrote www.socialmediareporter.org

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