Teletraining: How to Find Sources & Stories on Social Media

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How to Find Sources & Stories on Social Media

Apr. 23, 2012 – 11 a.m. MST

Everybody’s using social media, but where in the billions of status updates and tweets can a journalist find solid sources and important stories? Spend an hour listening to experts with insights and tips.

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Social Media tools for journalists (PDF)

Eric Carvin, social media editor for The Associated Press

Allison Linn, senior business writer,

Jake Batsell, assistant professor, division of journalism and faculty adviser to, Southern Methodist University, Dallas


Eric Carvin is the social media editor at The Associated Press, where he helps guide more than 2,500 journalists on their social newsgathering and engagement adventures. He directs social media strategy throughout AP’s global news operations, overseeing the use of social media to uncover breaking news, gather user-generated content, connect with readers and promote AP stories and visuals. Carvin is a 12-year veteran at AP, where he has extensive experience with innovative and interactive storytelling methods.


Allison Linn is a senior writer for and, where she mainly writes about how economic and financial issues are affecting regular people. She uses social media extensively to find sources, get story ideas, interact with readers and distribute stories. Prior to joining, Linn worked for The Associated Press and several newspapers, and was a reporter in Germany.


Jake Batsell teaches digital journalism and investigative reporting as an assistant professor at Southern Methodist University’s Division of Journalism. He writes about online journalism for Columbia Journalism Review and conducts academic research on media convergence and emerging mobile platforms. He also advises, the website for SMU’s student newspaper. Jake previously worked as a staff writer for The Seattle Times and The Dallas Morning News, where he shot and edited videos as the Metro desk’s “hybrid” reporter. He holds a B.A. degree in Journalism from Arizona State University and an M.A. in Government from the University of Texas, Austin.

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