10 easy ways journalists can better verify, monitor and manage social media

Notes from: Build a Better Journalist Conference, Portland, January 23, 2016.

Image source: http://www.wfsj.org/course/en/L10/10FacebookWFSJ.png

Is the traditional two sources model relevant in this day and age? What about social media? News is increasingly likely to break on Twitter or other social media, so how do you best use these tools? Here are 10 quick tips.

Breaking News

  1. Trending topics — follow the #tag
  2. Ask can you trust it? (e.g. spoof Prof Jeff Jarvis account) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/11/15/one-mans-hard- lesson-after-mistaking-the-eiffel-towers-darkness-for-a-moving-tribute/
  3. Verified accounts. Cross check with LinkedIn etc. Use common sense!https://twitter.com/JeffJarvis https://www.facebook.com/jeff.jarvishttp://www.journalism.cuny.edu/cunyj_profiles/jeff-jarvis/


  1. Google image search — and reverse image search
  2. Image date search tools like Tineye: https://www.tineye.com/
  3. Tweetdeck for monitoring #tags, geo location etc.https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/

Managing social media overload

  1. Create Twitter lists + IFTT
  2. Buzzsuno:http://buzzsumo.com/
  3. Nuzzel: http://nuzzel.com/
  4. AllTop: http://alltop.com/

Originally published on Medium.

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