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