#NICAR2016: Twitter tricks and analytics you might not know about

Image by  Esther Vargas  on Flickr.  Some rights reserved .

Image by Esther Vargas on Flickr. Some rights reserved.


On March 10 and 11 I attended the NICAR computer-assisted reporting conference in Denver.  I covered some of Thursday's sessions on data verification and breaking news for Journalism.co.uk (links below), and on the Friday I took the opportunity to do some workshops.

One of those was a Twitter workshop led by Doug Haddix, director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University.

Even though I've been using Twitter since 2008 and pretty much know it inside out, I love being nosy about how other people use the platform in case I can lean something new.  

Here's a Storify of my tweets from Doug's session (although I also managed to teach him something new – the trick for removing yourself from a Twitter list is something I a while ago).



NICAR 2016 write-ups for Journalism.co.uk:

Data security advice for journalists from #NICAR2016
Journalists from ProPublica and NBC Breaking News discuss the state of data security and what journalists can do to protect themselves and their sources

New approaches to the same old data
Two news veterans outline ideas for new angles on data stories that have been covered dozens of times before

#NICAR2016: 3 tips for using data for breaking news
Advice and resources for using data to cover anything from natural disasters to breaking political scandals

Do your maths, know your acronyms, and more ways to verify data
Speaking at the NICAR conference in Colorado, investigative journalist Giannina Segnini shared techniques for evaluating the quality of large sums of data