For a journalist, it’s a big win to see a breaking event come in via Dataminr the moment it happens. But once the alert surfaces, the reporting process is just kicking into high gear. You now need to get to work, investigating story details, finding new eyewitnesses and other information sources, and following the trail of updates that are relevant to your story. The more you know, the deeper and more comprehensive your reporting will be. Real-time alerts give you broader and deeper access to stories than you could ever hope to attain doing your newsgathering manually.
Examining alert details are a critical next step, giving you an immediate look at relevant information that will impact your investigation and reporting. You get to see where the original tweet came from, such as from an on-the-ground eyewitness, a statement from law enforcement, a company spokesperson or even just market chatter. Or hone in on a map view of where emerging events are taking place. Alert details help strengthen your ability to evaluate each development and make the best decision on how to follow up.
In most cases, multiple reports will come in for a developing story, all from different individuals that may have different perspectives, angles and images. Event timelines within each real-time alert make the story connections for you, showing you alerts that are linked together chronologically, wherever they surface. Connecting the dots between personal accounts of a story gives you better context to see what’s happening across a broader view, and helps you create a more compelling report to pass on to your audience.
And, of course, not all stories wrap up quickly. They are often ongoing sagas with changing circumstances, new players and developments that alter the scope of your reporting. As a journalist, you can easily track stories with Dataminr, receiving instant updates right into your alert feed to stay on top of every update and ensure that important information doesn’t slip by. And when you need to collaborate with your editorial team, you can easily save alerts into categorized folders and share them with others to ensure everyone has the latest information to choose the best editorial next steps as a group.
The Dataminr system is a powerful tool, helping you unearth and stay on top of every important detail and update of a breaking event. Of course, the end goal is to produce a complete and insightful report. By getting alerted to breaking developments fast, and being able to move quickly and meticulously through the investigative process, you’ll win back precious minutes and hours that you can dedicate to telling a more gripping story.