Searching Social Media on Deadline

October 25, 2012

Cutting through the social-media clutter on deadline is essential. Here’s some search engines that are good for tracking breaking news:





How Journalists are Using Foresquare as a Reporting Tool

November 29, 2011

Foresquare is a location-based social network that allows users to “check in” to public places using a smart-phone app or SMS. More than 10,000 people worldwide are using Foresquare, making it a powerful platform that reporters can use to track people during breaking-news events and protests.

The photo above is from the Washington Post, which used Foresquqre to create a dynamic visualization of the Occupy Wall Street movement across the United States.

For an interesting primer on using Foresquare as a reporting tool, check out the website of the International Journalists’ Network.

Using Storify to Track Breaking News

November 29, 2011

View the story “A second wave for Egypt’s revolution” on Storify

Storify offers journalists a platform to quickly integrate social media into their reporting of breaking-news events.The Poynter Institute has a great column on using Storify to turn news into a conversation.

Here is a Story I put together capturing some of the Tweets at the Pal Con Social Media Conference in Ramallah.

Josh Sterns of the media and tech policy organization Free Press has been using Storify to track journalists  arrested at Occupy Wall Street protests across the U.S.

Breaking the News with Social Media

November 29, 2011

These were a series of Twitter posts and a video I produced from footage I shot in the hours leading up to when the Los Angeles Police Department swooped down on the Occupy L.A. encampment and ultimately arrested nearly 300 protesters.

Digital Platforms as a Tool to Investigate City Government

November 28, 2011

The series below was a simple investigation of neighborhoods neglected by the city government in Los Angeles. The video showed the deplorable conditions that existed is some of the poorest communities in L.A. because of refuse that was not collected for weeks. The reaction by the city was swift.

VIDEO: For Alex Rodriguez, the rats and stench are the worst things about the rubbish routinely dumped on the street and alley in his South Los Angeles neighborhood. BELOW: The illegal dumping article as it appeared on the front page of the Los Angeles Times.

Digital Reporting on Deadline

November 28, 2011

I covered a protest against the Los Angeles Times by hundreds of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers who marched and rallied in front of the newspaper.

The teachers were angered by what they said was unfair reporting in recent articles that used a statistical analysis to compare the performances of thousands of elementary school teachers. The rally started at 5 p.m., which meant my deadlines were very tight. But that wasn’t a problem. I shot and edited a short video, wrote a story and blog post, all of which was done before 7 p.m.