I have day-to-day oversight of the BBC's eyewitness media unit (UGC Hub) and largest social media accounts for news. This involves managing a team of audience engagement producers and writers posting regular content to accounts including @BBCBreaking https://twitter.com/bbcbreaking, BBC News on ...
Sharing the news of Nelson Mandela's death on social media
Like many of my compatriots across the digital news industry over the last few years I have been preoccupied by the battle against mis and dis-information. We have all concentrated our energy on building audience trust through fact-checking initiatives, algorithmic adjustments and tackling the economic incentives for the dissemination of falsehoods across digital platforms. Trust in news journalism has plunged across a number of countries recently.
We humans have long sought to enhance ourselves beyond normal through cosmetic surgery and drugs. Science is increasingly becoming humanity's partner and handmaiden in those efforts ( 1 ) and has added genetic manipulation to our enhancement tool kit. Many forms of human enhancement are becoming more feasible, sought-after, and even justifiable in the quest for healthier, happier, and longer lives.
I've read a lot about live-streaming on social media recently. There's little doubt it will remain a big part of the landscape in 2017 for news journalists. However, as opportunities to 'go live' grow by the day are we becoming more creative or just a little lazier?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".