In the run up to news:rewired – noise to signal, we’re posting useful links and resources for each of the sessions. In the second post in this series, we look at session 1B: Sorting the social media chaos.
The panel will discuss the best tools in searching social media and filtering the streams of data available from such platforms for sourcing news, as well as offering examples through case studies of how this data can be brought together to cover breaking news or analysis of an event, while responsibly verifying user-generated content and eye-witness accounts.
Social media platforms can be a bit of a maze for journalists trying to source the latest news or opinion, but establishing an effective process for filtering through the data is an important step to getting the best results. Here’s a reading list of resources in preparation for a dedicated session on this topic at news:rewired – noise to signal.
- It’s a case of looking out as well as looking in – BBC News social media editor Alex Gubbay, who will be speaking at news:rewired, outlines the process of using social media sites, networks and aggregators as newsgathering tools and the importance of verifying what comes in
- New curation tool Bundlr sets sights on untangling the web – A blog post looking at new tool Bundlr and how it can be used by journalists to gather content from different social media platforms to present on a single page
- Why are we just doing static things? – Journalism.co.uk talks to Burt Herman, founder of Storify: a tool for telling stories by bringing in the best content published on the web into an embeddable story, or what he called “a future content management system for social media”.
- Journalists’ pride getting in way of user-generated content says Paul Bradshaw – Speaking at one of last year’s news:rewired events, Paul Bradshaw warns that journalists are letting their ego stop them from making the most of user-generated content
Useful blog posts and examples
- news:rewired speaker Matt Wells describes how the Guardian mapped Twitter coverage of protests around the Arab world, in a blog post on the Online Journalism Blog – Matt Wells on The Guardian’s interactive protests Twitter map
- Fellow speaker Alex Gubbay is interviewed in this BBC Newswatch programme, which looks in detail at the broadcaster’s use of social media and user generated content and its verification process.
- The Economist looks at the growing importance of journalists to be able to effectively aggregate coverage from other platforms as a way of telling a story, or more literally outline how to follow a story, as “one of the indispensable elements of journalism”, in this blog post following on from a discussion at SXSW – Meet the curators
- The BBC’s Matthew Eltringham looks at so-called ‘old media’ journalists “being forced to engage with the rumour, gossip, facts and factoids being circulated in places like Twitter and Facebook” and the importance of ‘good journalism’ in the verification of this new media content, in a post titled Social media: What’s the difference between curation and journalism?
- In a discussion on the role of journalists in authenticating user-generated content, Trushar Barot, senior broadcast journalist in the BBC’s UGC (user-generated content) Hub in London, talks in this video post about his view of reporters of the future as “trusted editors” of this information.
- In this video from Beet.tv, featuring footage from its Online Video Journalism Summit, US broadcasters debate the challenge of using user-generated content to cover breaking news, the importance of verification in this process and how they attempt to perform this.
- The 10,000 Words blog offers great tips in this post on the different ways journalists can use curation tools to make stories “out of content floating about in the social web”.
- In this series on her Data Miner UK site speaker Nicola Hughes looks in detail at “social searching”, offering a detailed and useful guide to just some of the tools you can use to cut through all the noise and find what you are looking for online on social media platforms. You can hear more from Nicola on this when she speaks at news:rewired – noise to signal.