How to Surface Stories in a Saturated Social Media Environment with Dataminr


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How to Surface Stories in a Saturated Social Media Environment with Dataminr

Get an inside look at how more than 400 newsrooms use Dataminr, a tool that identifies breaking news and pre-viral stories.



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BROADCAST DATE: Feb. 27, 2019 at 3 p.m. Eastern

The journalism profession has been transforming, driven in part by the speed and pervasiveness of social media. But are journalism schools and newsrooms keeping pace with the changes? Many breaking stories are now first reported by individual eyewitness accounts on social media platforms like Twitter, and today’s journalists must understand how to surface and monitor these early accounts to be first to the news.

Accordingly, journalism schools need to take the lead on teaching aspiring journalists how to master advanced newsroom technologies, like Dataminr, as they transition into the workplace and take on the role of separating news from noise.

Please join Associate Professor from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY, Barbara Gray, and Dataminr Director of News, Garrett Santora, for an interactive webinar, “How to surface stories in a saturated social media environment,” to get an inside look at how journalism schools and modern newsrooms can better prepare to thrive in an era of journalism heavily impacted by social media coverage of news events. Gray will show you how she uses Dataminr technology in course curriculum, and Santora will present case studies of how newsrooms leverage the tool.

To learn more about Dataminr for News, visit

What will I learn?

  • The vital role of real-time news alerts in today’s newsroom workflow
  • How Dataminr works — and why journalists choose this tool
  • How journalists use Dataminr to stay in front of breaking news
  • Ways to incorporate Dataminr into your course curriculum and newsroom operations
  • Examples of breaking stories that were discovered using Dataminr

Who should take this course?

Journalists who want to stay ahead of stories before they go viral and journalism educators who want to teach their students the most up-to-date tools.



Dataminr is a real-time information discovery tool that creates alerts from public social media activity.

Barbara Gray

Barbara Gray is Chief Librarian and Associate Professor at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY where she teaches newsgathering and investigative research methods. She is the former director of news research at The New York Times. Gray holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Long Island University’s Palmer School and a Master’s in Liberal Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Garrett Santora

Garrett Santora is a Director of News at Dataminr. Garrett has been with Dataminr for five years, predating the launch of Dataminr for News. As part of the Dataminr team, Garrett has helped develop and deploy Dataminr for News in over 400 newsrooms around the world. Prior to Dataminr, Garrett Santora was a journalist specializing in breaking news coverage and social media verification.