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Report: Journalists are largest, most active verified group on Twitter

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Journalists make up the largest category of Twitter’s verified users, according to a report from Triggertrap CEO Haje Jan Kamps published on Medium Monday.

The report, which is based on a sample of 15,000 verified Twitter accounts, shows that journalists make up nearly a quarter (24.6 percent) of the service’s authenticated users. The next-largest category is sports teams and athletes (17.9 percent) followed by actors and entertainers (13.6 percent).

Although journalists make up a significant proportion of the Twitter’s verified userbase, they have relatively few followers (140,000 on average) compared to their higher-profile counterparts in music (more than 1.2 million on average)
and acting (more than 400,000 on average).

The report also says journalists and news organizations are the most active group on Twitter, a claim it supports with two metrics: follower ratios and number of tweets. Read more

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White House reporters stampede to follow @POTUS

White House reporters, who get frustrated tracking the physical presence of President Barack Obama, were rushing Monday to follow him on his newly announced Twitter account.

The White House communications army is trying every way to get out Obama’s views to new audiences. And while Twitter is far from new, it’s a de facto wire service for many in the media. @POTUS will now be part of their information gathering arsenal, but reporters also potentially serve as a marketing arm for the White House by retweeting him.

The White House’s official Twitter account heralded Obama’s Twitter debut earlier today.

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ESPN asks Adam Schefter to take a Twitter holiday during the NFL draft

AdamSchefter-TwitterAdam Schefter’s lifeline is Twitter. And it is quite a lifeline.

The NFL reporter for ESPN has 3.73 million Twitter followers. They receive NFL tweets from Schefter early and often on most days.

Twitter is a big reason why Schefter carries two cell phones with him.

“There are a lot of times when I’m getting news from someone on one phone and typing [in the tweet] on the other phone,” Schefter said. “Multi-tasking.”

Yet on one of the biggest nights of the year for breaking news in the NFL, the first-round of the draft Thursday, Schefter will tell his 3.73 million followers that he will be going dark on Twitter. They won’t be getting any tweets from him about all the various machinations taking place in draft war rooms around the NFL. Read more

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‘Investigative reporting is obviously alive and well’ and other observations from first-time Pulitzer jurors

Pulitzer Medals. (Photo from Columbia University)

Pulitzer Medals. (Photo from Columbia University)

This year, several first-time Pulitzer Prize jurors came from online news organizations and platforms, including Quartz, Twitter, Trove, The Marshall Project and The Texas Tribune. I spoke with three of them about their experiences judging the Pulitzers. They can’t talk in specifics about entries, but they did talk about what the Pulitzers say about journalism, the role of social media and what they’d like to see next.

1. On what makes for powerful work and where that work is coming from:

“I think the winners this year validate the fact that important, game-changing journalism is being produced regardless of the medium, and that newspapers — even those facing dwindling resources — are continuing to emphasize the most important kind of reporting, work that exposes injustice,” said Emily Ramshaw, editor of The Texas Tribune. Read more

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Twitter launches ‘Curator,’ its answer to Storify

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On Tuesday, just days after introducing its Meerkat rival Periscope, Twitter rolled out its potential rival to Storify: Curator, a new product designed to enable media publishers and eventually lay users to search the flood of tweets and vines in the Twitterverse, filter them by content or author, curate them, and package them into a coherent storyline.

With Curator, media organizations can now create more complex hashtag and keyword search queries, filter the search results by location or the high number of followers, and assemble them into collections of tweets and vines that most directly pertain to a breaking news event, high-profile press conference, or an ongoing March Madness game. As Twitter spokesperson Matt Dennebaum wrote on the company’s media blog:

Curator was built to allow media publishers to search, filter and curate Twitter content that can then be displayed on web, mobile and TV.

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Death and writing short – the missing SXSW session

I once heard the great Francis X. Clines of the New York Times tell a group of journalists never to apologize for writing about death.  “We tell the morbid truth,” he said.

I was scheduled to deliver a workshop on “How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times” on St. Patrick’s Day at SXSW.  But on Friday the Thirteenth my mother, Shirley Clark, died at the age of 95.  I cancelled my trip to Austin and turned my writing skills to crafting her eulogy.

Here are some of the things I would have said at SXSW if I had been able to make the trip.  It riffs off my handout for the session, which you can access here.  When I picked the selections of short writing for study, I didn’t realize how many of them were about death:  dying, almost dying, fear of dying, recovering from a death, remembering a death, the legacy of death.  Read more

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New study finds millennials are strong news consumers, but take an indirect path

Millennials are getting a bad rap as a newsless and disengaged generation, according to a new study of their news habits. But print newspapers and digital home pages are not their main way of finding what they are looking for.

Rather social media and search are the two top avenues for finding news, according to a report released today by the American Press Institute, Associated Press and NORC center at the University of Chicago.  Facebook is the top way of encountering news, used by 88 percent of those who do.

Eighty-five percent of 1,000 millennials surveyed said that news is at least somewhat important to them. News is their third top digital activity after e-mail and check of weather and traffic. Games and keeping up with friends came in fourth and fifth. Read more

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The death of Mr. Spock was the most tweeted story in February

NewsWhip, the Dublin-based technology company that tracks how news stories are shared on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and other social media sites, has released its list of the most tweeted news Web sites for the month of February. Here are the details.

The British Broadcasting Corporation easily won Twitter last month, as its stories were shared more than 5 million times. The New York Times came in a distant second, with readers tweeting its stories just over 2.6 million times. Interestingly, the number of times Mashable stories were tweeted rose by 400,000, making it the third most tweeted news site and trailing the Times by just 7,680 tweets. Mashable was the most prominent of all the digital news sites, but BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, and the Bleacher Report all competed with more traditional outlets like CNN and ABC for slots in NewsWhip’s top ten list. Read more

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Tech blog Gigaom shuts down

Good morning. Here are 9 media stories.

  1. ‘This hurts more than I can say’

    Gigaom, the tech blog founded in 2006 by journalist Om Malik, has shut down due to apparent financial problems. Several staffers, including senior writer Mathew Ingram, tweeted about the news Monday. "This hurts more than I can say: I was just told Gigaom is shutting down -- it has run out of money. We tried our best, but it wasn't enough." (@mathewi) | Malik published a statement about the closure. "Gigaom is winding down and its assets are now controlled by the company’s lenders. It is not how you want the story of a company you founded to end." (Om.co) | The site posted a terse explanation about the closure: "Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time.

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ESPN’s Vince Doria retires without ever posting a tweet

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Vince Doria

As ESPN’s director of news, Vince Doria has been at the forefront of the new media. Yet he never has posted a tweet.

He is on Twitter at @VinceDoria. However, Doria didn’t set up the account. His colleagues did it for him in the hopes that he might share some of his thoughts.

It didn’t happen. Under number of tweets for Doria, the number still says 0. Doria gets that it’s part of the job these days, but he simply is adhering to the age-old doctrine that journalists should remain objective.

“I just never felt it was good to do it in my current role,” Doria said. “No matter how you cut it, Twittter turns out to be a platform for opinion.”

And a platform full of potential landmines. Read more

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