Journalism.co.uk asked six questions about ReportingOn.
I answered them.
“4) Why are you doing this?
I saw a need to connect reporters to each other. So much local news lacks context, lacks a clear idea of where a local event fits into a larger trend, whether we’re talking about drunken driving or school funding or foreclosures.
Twitter has been a big inspiration, as well. I’ve been impressed at how casual, public conversation can be packed with information and benefit to anyone willing to ask questions and give answers freely.”
Plenty more about ReportingOn to come in the next few weeks and months.
For now, follow reportingon on Twitter and send your own Tweets @reportingon to make connections with your peers across town or on the other side of the world.
An interesting twist on aggregating tweets with the API – this one uses direct messages from followers.
The DCTwits Twitter Group
From the message I sent to members of the What Are You Reporting On? Facebook group yesterday:
The initial, humble little piece of integration with Twitter is live now at www.reportingon.com.
If you look at the right side of the page there, you’ll see a list of all the recent tweets sent to @reportingon. If you have a Twitter ID, try it out by posting a message like “@reportingon working on a review of There Will Be Blood.”
Your message will show up at reportingon.com.
I’m working on ways to let you subscribe to all those replies by RSS or Twitter.
Thanks for participating – I hope to see you all making connections with other reporters at reportingon.com.
If you don’t have a Twitter account yet, sign up for free at http://www.twitter.com.
The next step will be a site with groups where you can share your strategies and sources for working your beats with peers at other news organizations, in other towns and around the world.
I’m going to leave it at that for the moment.
In the immediate future, I’m still working on:
- Using the Twitter API to get this done instead of piggybacking on existing services that use the API themselves.
- Pushing the @reportingon tweets back out to users following ReportingOn, which in turn would make it easy to…
- Push @reportingon tweets out by RSS
Please feel free to add your feedback here, in the comment thread at reportingon.com, or e-mail me about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Site is running searches (through tweetscan or on its own?) for all candidate names, pulling the feeds, parsing the XML into this well-designed display. Very cool.
Politweets – When Twitter gets political