What we can learn from journalists’ Twitter habits

by IJNet
Oct 30, 2018 in Social Media

Lessons learned from analyzing journalists on Twitter, Le Monde’s coverage of the French election and more in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.

I studied how journalists used Twitter for two years. Here’s what I learned

Twitter reflects the good, the bad and just plain ugly reality of social media these days. For academics, journalists and voters, there’s never been a more crucial time to talk about the impact these social media platforms have on factual journalism and being watchdogs of the powerful. (Alecia Swasy, Poynter, 3/22)

How Le Monde aims to reflect a range of voices ahead of the French election

The French presidential election is coming up with voters heading to the polls in April and May 2017, and Le Monde has been planning its coverage many months in advance.

Changes have been made to the politics department, with new roles integrated focused on live reporting on the website and on social media, and new fact-checking initiatives have taken shape within the newsroom.

One of the key projects Le Monde has taken on to revamp its political coverage ahead of the election is Françaises, Français, for which reporters have been travelling to around 80 cities in France to talk to people who are not involved with the election campaigns. (Journalism.co.uk, 3/23)

How are your stories performing on distributed media? Facebook and Chartbeat are teaming up to solve the mystery

Chartbeat and CrowdTangle today announced a major expansion of a tool for measuring how stories are performing on social platforms. The two companies began a beta version of the Offsite Social service in September 2016.

Two months later Facebook acquired CrowdTangle. The announcement says that Facebook is now making a "robust" (but unspecified) additional investment in expanding what's measured and taking the service global including to European Union countries and India. (Poynter, 3/23)

Norwegian weekly newspaper Kommunal Rapport uses data journalism to build its digital presence

A Norwegian news organization has transformed its output in the last six years using data, now focusing on digital-first products that offer its audience original reports and analysis.

Kommunal Rapport, a niche digital news site and weekly newspaper in Norway, is aimed at senior local politicians and local government officials. (Journalism.co.uk, 3/22)

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