[social sandbox] how to use linkedin and facebook graph search to diversify sources, menpr
Tamara Keith is doing a Reddit AMA today at 10am ET. Ask her anything about working as a White House correspondent and traveling on Air Force One recently.
MARGOT ADLER ON THE ARCHIVAL TUMBLR: Major kudos to librarians Jane Gilvin and Kimberly Springer who deftly compiled several of Margot Adler’s early pieces on the archival Tumblr. Also thank you to Smokey Baer and Neal Rauch for contributing pieces and remembrances. (Related: how other news organizations are thinking about archives.)
MOVIES THAT MAKE MEN CRY: Serri Graslie from ATC writes: “We asked our audience to tell us about the movies that make men cry. There’s been a lot of great discussion on Facebook and with the #menpr hashtag on Twitter, on top of the 2,000+ submissions in the Google form that we can use to build a radio segment. A couple of things that worked well – posting the callout on NPR’s FB and Twitter at about the same time (thank you and HP editors!) and seeding the conversation a few hours before we mentioned it on air. When people go to our social pages now, they’ll understand where to jump in and contribute. Pinning the relevant posts [at the top of Facebook] helps a lot, too.”
USING FACEBOOK GRAPH SEARCH TO DIVERSIFY YOUR SOURCES You can use the Facebook Graph Search to find sources. Type in something like “People who like NPR and live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania” or “People who work at NPR and who like Metallica” and you get an entire list of people. What’s particularly
useful is the ability to search by location — if you’re looking for sources somewhere in the US, you might consider Facebook to find people who work at a certain location, live
in a certain place, or have an interest in a certain group. (How Journalists Can Use Facebook Graph Search for Reporting)
USING LINKEDIN TO DIVERSIFY YOUR SOURCESSimilarly, you can use LinkedIn to find people who a) work at a certain company b) used to work at a certain company or c) are in a certain location and industry. I could see this being very useful for anyone looking
to interview someone who might know something about a company — but no longer works there and can therefore speak freely. (http://www.poynter.org/how-tos/newsgathering-storytelling/137926/10-ways-reporters-can-use-linkedin-to-find-sources-track-changes-at-companies/.)
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Mel “today is my 30th birthday” Kramer