Screencasts - by on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 11:34 - 22 Comments

Screencast: How to use Twitter for reporting

This screencast goes over how I use Twitter for reporting.

This is not a beginner video, but many newcomers to Twitter will be able to watch this and quickly understand what is going on. In the future, we will have a beginner video and more advanced videos, but we first wanted to create a video that shows how Twitter can be a useful reporting tool.

This video goes over:

  • Why I use Twitter for reporting
  • The importance of a good profile
  • The value of
  • Desktop clients like TweetDeck
  • How to get an RSS feed of a search term
  • And more

This is our second screencast video. You can find our first about Publish2 here. Both of these are pilots, and we would greatly appreciate any feedback.

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About was a grant-funded journalism project that studied how journalists used social media and other Web tools to improve beat reporting. It ran for about two years, ending in the fall of 2009.

New content is occasionally produced here by the this project's former editor Patrick Thornton. The site is still up and will remain so because many journalists and professors still use and link to the content. offers a fascinating glimpse into the former stages of journalism and social media. Today it's expected that journalists and journalism organization use social media, but just a few years ago that wasn't the case.

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Patrick Thornton is the editor and lead writer of BeatBlogging.Org. He is @pwthornton on Twitter.