How NPR uses Twitter and Facebook to Report Breaking News

MediaBistro’s E.B. Boyd has interviewed NPR’s social media strategist Andy Carvin and produced a great case study for how Twitter and Facebook can be used by news organizations to

  • report on breaking stories
  • use Twitter Lists to provide access to credible sources
  • find and vet sources to provide on-the ground insight and analyis
  • ask the community for assistance in reporting a story
  • use Facebook to collect personal stories to illustrate the news

The main take-away? You have to build up your social media cred over time in order to reap dividends when news breaks.

Read the whole interview at MediaBistro.