Today we are pleased to announce that MuckRack's featured journalist for Friday is Ezzedine Said with the Agence France-Presse. As the Middle East and North Africa chief editor for AFP, Said understandably is a go-to source on Twitter for recent heavyweight topics such as Syria and Egypt. Perusing his portfolio also reveals a wealth of headlines such as "Rebel chief calls for air strikes to speed fall of Syrian regime," and the eloquently reminiscent "The fall of Baghdad." When crafting stories on any subject that falls within his jurisdiction, we highly recommend you go to his twitterfeed for a gauge on goings-on.
So it should come as no surprise that Said is an integral part of AFP's social media strategy. In an Emergency Journalism article detailing the AFP's digital game plan, Said pointed out the importance of verifying tips from local sources--such as on Twitter--in order to compare statements against conventional sources. “On few occasions [we] contact numbers for witnesses on major stories were provided, mainly by militant groups, through Twitter," Said is quoted as saying, "but again we have to be very careful when reporting what they have to say because there’s always a risk of manipulation."
Said's words are sage advice for any journalist in social media.