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How Dallas Reporters Used Twitter to Get Un-Banned From Public Meeting

Twitter-birdI don’t think I can say it any better than Dallas Morning News reporter Tristan Hallman said it, when he blogged for the News about how he and a handful of local TV reporters were banned from a public, town hall-style meeting involving the Dallas Police Chief one night earlier this week:

“So last night was weird. For 40 minutes, reporters were banned from a public meeting with public officials in a public building.”

Definitely a weird moment, but especially unique was the way those reporters changed the outcome of their night through their tweets.

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Twitter Direct Message Change Could Make News Tips On Twitter Easier

By this point in time, every reporter has probably tried to reach out to some potential source via Twitter. It’s awkward, and often if the subject is of interest to you they’re probably inundated with other requests.

A quick search today of the phrase “reporter” & “reach” turned up examples of how most of us go about it today:
Finding sources on Twitter is awkward

See, awkward.

Not to mention exposed. What if you want to reach someone without tipping off your competition? What if you don’t want to put all your contact information out there day in and day out? What if you’re trying to reach a bunch of people — you look like a spam bot with tweet after tweet after tweet of the same thing. Plus, it gives off the “he’s just not that into me vibe” to potential sources.

In an ideal world, you’d be able to see their email address or other contact information and take the convo off Twitter where it belongs. That’s not happening. But Twitter recently made a subtle change to direct messages that over time should be good for journalists. You can direct message people who aren’t following you back.
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Why You Need To Verify Tweets Before Including Them In Your Reporting

New York Times social media staff editor Daniel Victor shared a simple tweet last night that says a lot about the hit-and-run-with-it journalism industry today.

The conversation he linked to was his own attempt to connect with a NY resident who had mentioned long voting lines in yesterday’s election. Good thing he verified the author’s intention and didn’t just run with it. Turns out, the tweet was attempting to make a joke:
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When NYT Site Goes Down, Journalists Turn To Jokes

What happens when one of the most-trafficked news sites goes down for more than an hour mid-day and mid-week? Well, journalists and readers turn to other ways to amuse themselves with jokes and speculation about why the New York Times site was offline from sometime in the 11 a.m. hour to slightly after 1 p.m. today.

If you tried to load the page (which seems to be back up again now), this is what you saw:

The site is now, finally, loading for me, but I didn’t see an actual explanation for the lunch-hour outage there. But the Times on Twitter had this to say when the site was finally back up:

Also on Twitter, here’s a sampling of some of the amusing tweets that came through during and about the “crisis,” including a few from NYT staffers themselves:

And my personal favorites:

And related:

If you want to see a fuller recap, the Atlantic Wire has a nice timeline on its post: “The Day the Web Learned What It’d Be Like to Lose The New York Times.” And if you’d like to see a few more jokes beyond what I dug up, The Daily Beast has you covered.

Hilarious “Mayor vs. Bear” Tweets Go Viral

A 250-pound bear climbs a tree in Connecticut, and the local mayor live tweets about it.  It sounds like a pretty standard day on Twitter, but this particular encounter was different.

It went crazy viral.

How does a seemingly ordinary alert from a mayor about a bear incident become the subject of the entire Internet’s curiosity? Well, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton’s Twitter presence explains a lot about his personality. Known for tweeting rap lyrics and maintaining a casually silly presence on the social media site, Boughton is the mayoral version of a lounge lizard compared to other high-profile political social media stars (the heroic Cory Booker, hailing one state over in New Jersey, comes to mind).

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