Getting started

By the end of the first week, I will expect everyone to have completed the following: 

1. Create a Twitter account and follow 10 news sources

HOW TO CREATE A CUSTOM TWITTER LIST: 

• Go to your Twitter ‘Home’ page – see “Lists” at far right above timeline Tweets

• Use pull down menu to “Create a list” – name the list, add description (optional)

• Add people/resources related to your beat to follow

Tips:

You should have at least one national news source – can be another journalist who covers a similar subject

You should have some ‘official’ sources – (i.e., CDC if your beat is health)

You should have at least one ‘official’ local news source – (i.e. “Oxford Crime Report” if your beat is crime)

2. Create Google Alerts using keywords related to your beat (http://www.google.com/alerts)

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