Fun With Journchat
Last night I decided to give Journchat a spin, which is a Twitter-hosted discussion of journalism topics between PR folks and journalists.
Question: As a journ, who should I follow on Twitter to ensure my newsroom is on top of breaking news? (quick one) #journchat
If you think news is happening somewhere, do location in search.twitter.com to see if there’s a mention.
if you want breaking news, tie a search from search.twitter.com RSS to an RSS->SMS service. Text to your phone of breaking tweets.
Connect Twitter RSS to Yahoo Pipes, filter, then send to Google Reader. See www.FinancialAidPodcast.com/twitterbook
You should also be using marketing tools like Google Trends, Insight for Search, etc. to find trending topics.
Plug in every kind of RSS search – Twitter, Google News, etc. – into Google Reader to find stories, esp. overnight.
Question: What do u think of The Big Video Debate: Rough or Slick?
Slick or rough matters less than relevant.
Crappy video in HD is still crappy video. Instead of spending money on HD, spend less money on a stabilizer!
If you want to try slick video on a Mac, look into the free software CamTwist. Text, crawls, logos, etc.
@howardkang and every reporter regardless of medium should carry a Flipcam or other pocket camera.
I carry a Nikon D90, Flipcam, and Samson Zoom H2 all the time, just in case. Have gotten decent local stuff.
Question: Journs and bloggers: how do you use twitter/online to source stories?
I use every channel available. Bloomberg, Twitter, Facebook, CNN, whatever has the info I want for my blog/podcast.
I do a lot of financial services writing, so Google Finance, Econoday, and friends on Twitter all are sources.
Twitter is great for reality-checking a piece and getting immediate feedback, esp. fact check. 4,800+ friends = fast checks.
Question: What do journs need and/or look for in a web 2.0 press room? (source’s site)
I need to see obvious contact information, multiple channels. Don’t make me hunt you down or I won’t bother.
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