MuckRack.com

Saturday, December 3, 2011

"Thousands of journalists are using Twitter to research stories, break news, find sources, and keep tabs on their beat...Don't be left out of the conversation."

This is the tagline for the website muckrack.com, a site founded by Gregory Galant in 2009.

By developing this website, Galant hoped to answer the question, "What if you could get tomorrow's newspaper today?"

This website tracks thousand of professional journalists on Twitter and other social media sites and shows what news topics are trending.

This is a very useful tool for media professionals, particularly those in public relations.

The website filters and analyzes how journalists are covering the news in real-time and emails users when journalists tweet about relevant terms.

So for example on Dec. 3, the top topics most tweeted about by journalists were the death of news sportswriter Allen Wilson, the New York Times' interview with Sandusky, and Herman Cain.

For each topic, it gives a little paragraph description and than the tweets by journalists about the topic.

1 comments:

Lance Kramer December 6, 2011 at 1:19 PM  

What if I could get the newspaper for tomorrow, today? Is that not what is going on today with social media sites? I believe it is because I feel that if I read the social media sites I already know what is going on when reading the paper the next day. The newspaper, in my opinion, will die out in my generation. One benefit from the newspapers dying would be the saving of trees being cut down.

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