A TWITTER BOOST FOR TRAINEE HACKS: 100 useful follows for future journalists

(c) AppAdvice

Since its founding on the 21st March 2006, the micro-blogging site Twitter has become an important vehicle for both journalists and news organisations to express themselves, both personally and through their news agendas and lead stories.

While the major news networks generally rely on Twitter for self-promotion, increasingly, both journalists and highly-literate people outside the media industries, the daily act of typing up 140-character ‘tweets’ has helped democratise journalism in a way, that older print-based media were less able to do.

Twitter has helped the popularity of grassroots journalism, and reinforced the voice of freelancers as well as alternative/niche media outlets. It has also benefitted less popular news outlets that may not have the financial capital or popular clout of say, the BBC or Al-Jazeera.

The role of Twitter, as well as other social networking and blogging formats, in benefitting the struggle for democracy and popular representation, should also not be underestimated under any length.  A good recent example was during the Arab Spring. Commentators on the ground in Egypt used Twitter to organise protests and agitate for social change, despite the Mubarak administration clamping down on social networking and the Internet in general.

Not only is Twitter a valuable aid to news-writers and gatekeepers currently working now, but it is fast becoming a benefit to the next generation of journalists. Compared to this article’s author’s experience of studying a journalism degree, when micro-blogging was practically unheard of, journalism students these days are strongly recommended by their university lecturers to maintain a Twitter feed. The benefits are obvious. Not only do graduates studying the media enhance their professional online sociability, networking and ICT skills, but they develop a keen eye for ‘hot’ newsworthy topics – which can only prove valuable for sourcing stories in the newsroom. They will be able to keep up to speed and informed on journalistic matters, and learn at the virtual feet of established newswriting gurus who are willing to pass on their knowledge and experience through Twitter.

(c) Journalism at UCLAN /Univ. of Central Lancashire

Journalism.co.uk, a journalism training and media news website, is valuable in offering employment and training opportunities to would-be reporters. Based in the United Kingdom and primarily aimed at people wishing to enter the British news media industry, Journalism.co.uk have today published an article which affirms just how essential Twitter is to both the training and news-gathering skills of the contemporary journalist.  The article is penned by regular contributor Sarah Marshall, and lists the top 100 Twitter accounts that journalism students should follow.

The starter list was created by Ms Marshall with the help of the 63,441 followers of Journalism.co.uk’s Twitter Page (@journalismnews).  It is intended to help college leavers beginning their first year of further education at university.

The Half-Eaten Mind blog has reproduced the list here in alphabetical order of handle. The 100 recommended people every media graduate should follow comprises some of the best movers-and-shakers in journalism, including media bloggers, editors, news presenters and lecturers. This list also features Twitter accounts for online meeting places where students can interact with those already setting out on their journalism journey, and for advocates for press freedom.

@10000Words – 10,000 Words, blog on digital journalism

@acarvin – Andy Carvin, social-media strategist at NPR and a “one-man Twitter news bureau for developments in the Middle East”
@adders – Adam Tinworth, digital strategist, blogger and liveblogger
@alisongow – Alison Gow, editor, Daily Post Wales
@AntDeRosa – Anthony De Rosa, social media editor, Reuters
@APstylebook – Associated Press style guide
@atompkins – Al Tompkins, Poynter

@bbccollege – BBC College of Journalism
@BBCSteveH – Steve Herrmann, editor of BBC News website
@benfenton – Ben Fenton, oversees FT live news desk
@brianstelter – Brian Stelter, media reporter, New York Times

@charlesarthur – Charles Arthur, technology editor, the Guardian
@CharlieBeckett – Journalist and director of Polis, LSE’s media think-tank
@chrisboutet, Chris Boutet, deputy editor, digital, Globe and Mail, Canada
@chrishams – Chris Hamilton, social media editor, BBC News
@ChrisIrvine – Senior lecturer in sports journalism, University of Huddersfield
@CityJournalism – City University’s journalism department
@CJR – Columbia Journalism Review
@ckanal – Craig Kanalley, senior editor, Huffington Post
@CraigSilverman, Craig Silverman, editor, Regret the Error
@cshirky – Clay Shirky, commentator
@currybet – Martin Belam, blogger and developer

@dangillmor – Dan Gillmor, tutor in digital media entrepreneurship
@dansabbagh – Dan Sabbagh, head of media and tech, Guardian
@davelee – Dave Lee, BBC technology reporter
@DavidAllenGreen – David Allen Green, lawyer and legal correspondent
@davidhiggerson – David Higgerson, digital publishing editor, Trinity Mirror Regionals
@DBanksy – David Banks, media law expert
@digidickinson – Andy Dickinson, online journalism lecturer

@egrommet – Glyn Mottershead, digital journalism lecturer at Cardiff University
@ejcnet – European Journalism Centre
@elanazak – Elana Zak, social media producer, Wall Street Journal
@emilybell –  Emily Bell, director of Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School

@faisalislam – Faisal Islam, economics editor, Channel 4 News.
@fieldproducer – Neal Mann, social media editor, Wall Street Journal
@fleetstreetfox – Anonymous Fleet Street hack
@freelance_hacks – Journalism.co.uk’s account with news for freelance journalists

@georgprof – George Brock, head of journalism, City University
@greglinch – Greg Linch, special projects and news apps, Washington Post
@GuardianJoanna – Joanna Geary, digital development editor, Guardian
@guardianstyle – Guardian Style Guide
@guidofawkes – Political blogger

@hackshackers – Main account for meetups of journalists and technologists
@Hermida – Alfred Hermida, journalism professor

@iburrell – Ian Burrell, assistant editor and media editor of the Independent
@ITVlauraK – Laura Kuenssberg, ITV News business editor

@JamesCridland – James Cridland, managing director, MediaUK
@jamesrbuk – James Ball, data journalist
@jayrosen_nyu – Jay Rosen, professor of journalism at New York University
@jeffjarvis – Jeff Jarvis, journalism commentator and professor
@jeffsonderman – Jeff Sonderman, Poynter
@JonHew – Jonathan Hewett, director of interactive and newspaper journalism, City University London
@jonsnowC4 – Jon Snow, anchor, Channel 4 News
@JosephStash – Joseph Stashko, recent journalism graduate currently building liveblogging platform Ocqur
@JoshHalliday – Josh Halliday, Guardian reporter covering media and tech
@journalism_jobs – Journalism.co.uk jobs channel
@journalism_news – HoldTheFrontPage, news site focussing on regional press
@journalismjobs – Journalism.co.uk jobs channel, including US jobs
@journalismnews – Journalism.co.uk news channel
@journochat – Catherine O’Connor, head of journalism, Leeds Trinity
@journodave – David Wyllie, editor, BreakingNews
@journotutor – Marie Kinsey, journalism lecturer, Sheffield University

@kevglobal – Kevin Anderson, digital strategist
@knightfdn – Knight Foundation, which supports innovations in digital journalism

@Lavrusik – Vadim Lavrusik, journalism programme manager at Facebook
@lheron – Liz Heron, director of social media and engagement at the Wall Street Journal

@macloo – Mindy McAdams, online journalism professor, University of Florida
@mallarytenore – Mallary Tenore, managing editor, Poynter
@MarcSettle – Marc Blank-Settle, trainer at the BBC College of Journalism
@MarkJones – Mark Jones, global communities editor, Reuters
@marksluckie – Mark Luckie, manager of journalism and news at Twitter
@mathewi – Mathew Ingram, senior writer at GigaOm
@mediaguardian – Media Guardian, for industry developments
@MediaLawUK – Media law updates
@megpickard – Meg Pickard, head of digital engagement, Guardian

@newsbrooke – Heather Brooke, journalist and freedom of information campaigner
@newsmary – Mary Hamilton, deputy SEO editor, the Guardian
@newsrewired – Journalism.co.uk’s digital journalism conference
@NiemanLab – A journalism site and project of Harvard University
@NUJofficial – National Union of Journalists
@nytjim – Jim Roberts, assistant managing editor, New York Times

@ONA – ONA, annual US journalism conference and awards

@paidContent – paidContent, media news site
@paulbradshaw – Paul Bradshaw, journalism lecturer, data journalist, founder of Help Me Investigate and Online Journalism Blog
@paulwaugh – Paul Waugh, editor of PoliticsHome.com
@Poynter – US news site and project for journalists
@pressfreedom – Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
@pressgazette – Press Gazette, magazine and news site covering the news industry
@ProducerMatthew – Matthew Keys, deputy social media editor, Reuters
@psmith – Patrick Smith, editor of TheMediaBriefing

@rajunarisetti – Raju Narisetti, managing editor of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network
@risj_oxford – Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

@spikefodder – David Holmes, journalism lecturer, Sheffield University
@sree – Sree Sreenivasan, journalism professor at Columbia Journalism School
@stevebuttry – Steve Buttry, digital transformation editor, Journal Register Co and Digital First Media
@StKonrath – Steffen Konrath, founder of Liquid Newsroom, real-time news curation
@subedited – National newspaper commissioning editor
@suttonnick – Nick Sutton, editor of the World at One

@TheMediaTweets – Blog about the media

@WannabeHacks – Site by wannabe hacks with advice, insight and inspiration for wannabe hacks

Reproduced courtesy of Sarah Marshall and Journalism.co.uk

“100 Twitter accounts every journalism student should follow” – Sarah Marshall (Journalism.co.uk) LINK
“Twitter” – Wikipedia LINK
“Twitter, Facebook and YouTube’s role in Arab Spring (Middle East uprisings)” – Social Capital Blog LINK
Journalism.co.uk on Twitter – @journalismnews LINK

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