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More resources

Here are a few places I’d recommend you go for more on social media and 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 leading experts in this field, and is a really excellent resource. You can also follow on Medium.

✳️ is focused on research and guidance to journalists using eyewitness reports from social media.

✳️ is an incredibly useful source of best practice examples of news organisations using social media.

✳️ The run by the Facebook News Partnership Team is a great way to keep up on the latest from them, together with the page, which gives advice on best practice. Update: In January 2017, they launched the Facebook Journalism Project, which includes free online training courses in getting the most of Facebook and Instagram

✳️ from The Wall Street Journal has an , where she posts updates on new tools and from journalism conferences.

✳️ is a great weekly email of top reads in the field of journalism, with a special (but not exclusive) focus on local reporting.

✳️ is a incredibly extensive pull together of tools to help journalists, and has recently relaunched with a new website.

✳️ is a Tumblr by the social team there, with useful — and refreshingly frank — info on things they are testing out and lessons learned. NPR also has a great on their training site

✳️ is a fantastic source of news and tips on digital and social media trends as they relate to journalism. They also run the excellent London-based

✳️ is another great resource for everything to do with media and technology. digital and social trends. They also run some excellent webinars.

✳️ is another must-read source of news on trends in journalism.

✳️ is run by the BBC’s Paul Myers, who is full of tips on how to use digital tools for investigations.

✳️ The has a number of videos and blogs on and journalism here.

✳️ For some seriously techie tips, is a great resource, also on Facebook here.

✳️ For those working for European broadcasters, the , as well as training, and regular conferences.

hold the excellent annual ONA conference looking at the future of digital journalism (the next one is 15–17 September 2016 in Denver), and have a useful newsletter for members.

runs online training course on social and digital skills

✳️ is a Twitter discussion for digital journalists every Thursday, with a new subject and guest each week

✳️ are the real experts at putting social media journalism into action. They cover international news sourced and reported using social media.

✳️ (where I used to work) is the place to go for analysis of stories trending on social media around the world.

✳️ have long been experts at sourcing stories using social media.


✳️ More from the Social Media Reporter ✳️

  • How to your feeds
  • video, images and sources from a specific location, and the ethics of using eyewitness material
  • . How to spot fakes and scams
  • How to use social media to track people down and for
  • How to find out what’s and dig to the bottom of trends

This guide is a starting point. I’d love others to contribute to expand and improve it. Please feel free to leave a note here, or get in touch at cordeliaheb@gmail.com or @cordeliaheb

The Social Media Reporter

A guide to using social media for newsgathering

Cordelia Hebblethwaite

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

The Social Media Reporter

A guide to using social media for newsgathering