When it comes to reporting the news, a journalist always wants to be first the story. But reporting local news can be a particularly tough challenge for small teams covering a large city or sprawling rural area. How can you know where and when the news will break far enough in advance so that you have time to investigate, react, and produce a compelling story?
Dataminr empowers news organizations to identify and sort through breaking news on a local level, empowering a nimble newsroom. Here are five strategies that will keep you ahead of breaking local news.
- See What’s Happening the Moment It Happens
Monitoring various social feeds, scanners and wire services can be incredibly time consuming, and for local news it’s difficult to use hashtag or keyword searches if you don’t know what to look for, or if they don’t exactly match what people are tweeting. Dataminr gives you a powerful tool to uncover breaking events wherever they are happening. Set up your alerts based on various criteria and let the alerts come to you. You can then see first-hand reports via Twitter.
- Mobilize Your Team Quickly
Get early enough alert to be able to investigate, plan your follow up, make phone calls, contact and coordinate with local resources, or even dispatch a Satellite or Microwave truck to the scene.
- Scale Your Reporting with Local Resources
Engage an army of citizen journalists. You’ve got great resources on the ground anywhere in the world, as citizens report breaking stories happening in front of them. Once you identify one story, you can piece together other accounts to gain a more robust perspective.
- Craft a More Robust Story
The more information you have about a breaking news event, the more accurate and compelling your story will be. Leverage multiple local accounts of events to gain different perspectives and weave them together. Using visual elements in Tweets adds richness to your story.
- Establish New Workflows
No need to change your favorite breaking news medium, Twitter, just work with it more efficiently. Set up your alerts, customized to whatever types of news you’re focused on, and receive those alerts in the medium you use most, such as email, Slack or mobile.