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Melody Kramer: How PRI’s David Beard makes a Twitter feed worth following

David Beard is a scanner. Every day, the executive editor of PRI.org scans every story from his site, as well as stories from the many newsletters, Twitter feeds, and news sites he follows throughout the day. He then selects ones that he thinks will particularly resonate with the audience, adds a bite-sized fact or quote from each piece, and pushes them out on his own Twitter feed.

At various points in the day, you might see him tweeting about art, RPGs, jazz, public health, film, or gender politics – all while running a busy newsroom. What I like about David’s feed is that it’s authentic but not overwhelming. He’s there, for a time, and then he’s not there – because he’s doing other things at work. Read more

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Career Beat: Jessica Morgan named contributing writer at Cosmo

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Simon Rogers is now a contributing editor at Vox. He is Twitter’s data editor. (Poynter)
  • Juliet Eilperin is White House bureau chief at The Washington Post. Previously, she was a staff writer there. (Washington Post)
  • Heather Cocks is now a contributing writer at Cosmopolitan. She is the co-founder of Go Fug Yourself. Jessica Morgan is now a contributing writer at Cosmopolitan. She is the co-founder of Go Fug Yourself. (Fishbowl NY)

Job of the day: The Chicago Reader is looking for an editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Twitter’s data editor named contributing editor at Vox.com

Simon Rogers, data editor at Twitter, will be a contributing editor at Vox.com, the company announced Wednesday.

At Vox, Rogers will develop “data journalism and visualization tools” and improve the editorial, design and product teams, according to a press release from Vox Media. He will keep his job at Twitter.

Rogers, the founder of The Guardian’s data blog, was hired by Twitter in 2013 to be the company’s first data editor.

Here’s the release:

New York, NY (February 4, 2015) Vox, one of the world’s fastest growing news sites, announced today that Simon Rogers is to become a contributing editor for the site.

As contributing editor, Rogers will work with Vox to help develop its data journalism and visualization tools, and the editorial, design, and product teams in expanding the site’s interactive features.

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5 other times media Twitter accounts have been hacked

BuzzFeed | UPI | Mashable

On Friday, Twitter accounts for both UPI and the New York Post were hacked, BuzzFeed’s Ellie Hall and Nicolás Medina Mora reported.

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UPI reported on the attack on Friday.

It started on Twitter, where six fake headlines were posted in about 10 minutes, starting about 1:20 p.m. Some of them were about the Federal Reserve; others contained a false report that the USS George Washington had been attacked.

So it’s not the start of World War III, as Mashable’s Brian Ries reported. Here are five other times that the Twitter accounts of news organizations have been hacked.

Wall Street Journal

On May 6 of last year, four Wall Street Journal Twitter accounts were hacked.

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How one young Canadian reporter in Haiti helped turn Twitter into a storytelling tool

Twitter launched in 2006 and in less than a decade has almost 300 million users. Conceived as a social network to share information, it was gradually embraced by journalists and is now an essential tool for reporting and communication. In spite of its 140-character limit, it has also become a powerful platform for storytelling, used as a live blog or as a kind of inverted serial narrative, with each tweet a micro-scene or mini-chapter.

One of the pioneers of this use, I have argued, is a young reporter from the Toronto Star named Joanna Smith. A beat writer of Canadian government and politics, Smith was sent to Haiti to cover the effects of a devastating earthquake and early efforts to recover. This week marks the fifth anniversary of that disaster. Read more

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Maureen Dowd promised an interview subject ‘i would make sure you look great…’

Good morning. This is my last day at Poynter and my last morning roundup. Thanks so much for reading, and thank you for all the emails and tips (and corrections!) that have made it better. Poynter will keep the newsletter going — Kristen Hare will be your host. OK, enough talk. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Maureen Dowd emailed with Sony exec’s husband before publication

    Emails released by the Sony hack show the NYT columnist promised to show a column quoting Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal to Pascal's husband, former Times reporter Bernard Weinraub, before publication. "i would make sure you look great," Dowd told Pascal. (BuzzFeed) | In 2012, Times reporter Mark Mazzetti gave the CIA a peek at an unpublished Dowd column after she asked him to help her fact-check it.

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Twitter’s 2014 yearbook: #Ferguson, #RIPMayaAngelou, #MH17 and more

Twitter’s annual look back at the year on Twitter came out today. Major news moments from the past year begin with hashtags we’ve all likely seen, and used, a lot this year. Each moment has key tweets, with links to the hashtag search, and you can also see visualizaions of how the hashtags spread across time. Here are a few that have involved the work of many in our industry.

#Ferguson

And here’s my Twitter list of journalists covering Ferguson.

#Ebola

Here’s my Twitter list of journalists covering Ebola. Read more

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24 hours of immigration reform reporting on Twitter

President Obama’s executive action on immigration provoked a predictable political storm on Twitter, with politicians, pundits and the perennially opinionated staking out their positions.  A Twitter visualization shows tweets peaked at about 9,500 tweets a minute during the president’s White House speech on Thursday, Nov. 20. But while the social media platform heaved under the weight of immigration-related tweets, immigration journalists were relatively quiet.

How quiet? A survey of 34 national immigration reporters’ Twitter feeds returned a total of 913 tweets in the 24 hours starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20. This is in comparison to the 384,999 #immigration tweets which were posted in just two hours between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 20.

The original list of 34 reporters was compiled with the help of Frank Sharry, the founder and executive director of the immigration rights group America’s Voice and included well-known immigration reporters such as NPR’s Mara Liasson and Julia Preston from The New York Times. Read more

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Twitter makes it easier to report abuse

Twitter blog | SCOTUSblog | Pew | The Guardian

Twitter is making it easier to report abusive behavior, it announced Tuesday. Reporting will now be “more mobile-friendly, require less initial information” and it will be “simpler to flag Tweets and accounts for review.”

And you won’t need to be a victim of abuse to flag tweets: “These enhancements similarly improve the reporting process for those who observe abuse but aren’t receiving it directly,” director of product management Shreyas Doshi writes. (Another nice feature: If you block someone, they can no longer view your profile.)

On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court considered an appeal in a case involving threats on Facebook, and SCOTUSblog’s Amy Howe said the court was “difficult to read.” The “end result could be a decision that neither side likes,” Howe writes. Read more

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Twitter: New York Times investigation wasn’t spam

Twitter recategorized a New York Times investigation Friday that had been reported as spam “by an outside organization that tracks spam sources,” according to a Twitter spokesperson.

Earlier in the day, New York Times reporter Josh Barro tweeted that fans of Florida State were flagging the story as spam. Clicking the link brought up a page warning visitors they were going to view potentially harmful content:

The link now refers visitors to the story, an investigation into the Tallahassee police department’s handling of a hit-and-run involving two Florida State University football players. Read more

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