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Journalism 101: 100 Twitter accounts every journalism student should follow


Twitter has become an extremely useful tool for journalists in recent years. Veteran new-media blogger and Arizona State University journalism professor Dan Gillmor says “Journalists should view Twitter as a ‘collective intelligence system’ that provides early warnings about trends, people and news. Journalists should follow people who point them to things they should know about and direct questions back to them to do better reporting” [American Journalism Review 2012].

But for journalism students new to Twitter, how do you know who is best to follow? shares many handy tips to journalists around the world. They recently released an article which lists 100 Twitter accounts that every journalism student should follow, which I think is extremely helpful as someone who is very new to the Twittersphere.

The list below is in alphabetical order of Twitter handle and includes journalism lecturers, news sites, inspirational reporters and more:

@10000Words – 10,000 Words, blog on digital journalism
@acarvin – Andy Carvin, social-media strategist at NPR and a “one-man Twitter news bureau for developments in the Middle East”
@adders – Adam Tinworth, digital strategist, blogger and liveblogger
@alisongow – Alison Gow, editor, Daily Post Wales
@AntDeRosa – Anthony De Rosa, social media editor, Reuters
@APstylebook – Associated Press style guide
@atompkins – Al Tompkins, Poynter
@bbccollege – BBC College of Journalism
@BBCSteveH – Steve Herrmann, editor of BBC News website
@benfenton – Ben Fenton, oversees FT live news desk
@brianstelter – Brian Stelter, media reporter, New York Times
@charlesarthur – Charles Arthur, technology editor, the Guardian
@CharlieBeckett – Journalist and director of Polis, LSE’s media think-tank
@chrisboutet, Chris Boutet, deputy editor, digital, Globe and Mail, Canada
@chrishams – Chris Hamilton, social media editor, BBC News
@ChrisIrvine – Senior lecturer in sports journalism, University of Huddersfield
@CityJournalism – City University’s journalism department
@CJR – Columbia Journalism Review
@ckanal – Craig Kanalley, senior editor, Huffington Post
@CraigSilverman, Craig Silverman, editor, Regret the Error
@cshirky – Clay Shirky, commentator
@currybet – Martin Belam, blogger and developer
@dangillmor – Dan Gillmor, tutor in digital media entrepreneurship
@dansabbagh – Dan Sabbagh, head of media and tech, Guardian
@davelee – Dave Lee, BBC technology reporter
@DavidAllenGreen – David Allen Green, lawyer and legal correspondent
@davidhiggerson – David Higgerson, digital publishing director, Trinity Mirror Regionals
@DBanksy – David Banks, media law expert
@digidickinson – Andy Dickinson, online journalism lecturer
@egrommet – Glyn Mottershead, digital journalism lecturer at Cardiff University
@ejcnet – European Journalism Centre
@elanazak – Elana Zak, social media producer, Wall Street Journal
@emilybell –  Emily Bell, director of Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School
@faisalislam – Faisal Islam, economics editor, Channel 4 News.
@fieldproducer – Neal Mann, social media editor, Wall Street Journal
@fleetstreetfox – Anonymous Fleet Street hack
@freelance_hacks –’s account with news for freelance journalists
@georgeprof – George Brock, head of journalism, City University
@greglinch – Greg Linch, special projects and news apps, Washington Post
@GuardianJoanna – Joanna Geary, digital development editor, Guardian
@guardianstyle – Guardian Style Guide
@guidofawkes – Political blogger
@hackshackers – Main account for meetups of journalists and technologists
@Hermida – Alfred Hermida, journalism professor
@iburrell – Ian Burrell, assistant editor and media editor of the Independent
@ITVlauraK – Laura Kuenssberg, ITV News business editor
@JamesCridland – James Cridland, managing director, MediaUK
@jamesrbuk – James Ball, data journalist
@jayrosen_nyu – Jay Rosen, professor of journalism at New York University
@jeffjarvis – Jeff Jarvis, journalism commentator and professor
@jeffsonderman – Jeff Sonderman, Poynter
@JonHew – Jonathan Hewett, director of interactive and newspaper journalism, City University London
@jonsnowC4 – Jon Snow, anchor, Channel 4 News
@JosephStash – Joseph Stashko, recent journalism graduate currently building liveblogging platform Ocqur
@JoshHalliday – Josh Halliday, Guardian reporter covering media and tech
@journalism_jobs – jobs channel
@journalism_news – HoldTheFrontPage, news site focussing on regional press
@journalismjobs – jobs channel, including US jobs
@journalismnews – news channel
@journochat – Catherine O’Connor, head of journalism, Leeds Trinity
@journodave – David Wyllie, editor, BreakingNews
@journotutor – Marie Kinsey, journalism lecturer, Sheffield University
@kevglobal – Kevin Anderson, digital strategist
@knightfdn – Knight Foundation, which supports innovations in digital journalism
@Lavrusik – Vadim Lavrusik, journalism programme manager at Facebook
@lheron – Liz Heron, director of social media and engagement at the Wall Street Journal
@macloo – Mindy McAdams, online journalism professor, University of Florida
@mallarytenore – Mallary Tenore, managing editor, Poynter
@MarcSettle – Marc Blank-Settle, trainer at the BBC College of Journalism
@MarkJones – Mark Jones, global communities editor, Reuters
@marksluckie – Mark Luckie, manager of journalism and news at Twitter
@mathewi – Mathew Ingram, senior writer at GigaOm
@mediaguardian – Media Guardian, for industry developments
@MediaLawUK – Media law updates
@megpickard – Meg Pickard, head of digital engagement, Guardian
@newsbrooke – Heather Brooke, journalist and freedom of information campaigner
@newsmary – Mary Hamilton, deputy SEO editor, the Guardian
@newsrewired –’s digital journalism conference
@NiemanLab – A journalism site and project of Harvard University
@NUJofficial – National Union of Journalists
@nytjim – Jim Roberts, assistant managing editor, New York Times
@ONA – ONA, annual US journalism conference and awards
@paidContent – paidContent, media news site
@paulbradshaw – Paul Bradshaw, journalism lecturer, data journalist, founder of Help Me Investigate and Online Journalism Blog
@paulwaugh – Paul Waugh, editor of
@Poynter – US news site and project for journalists
@pressfreedom – Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
@pressgazette – Press Gazette, magazine and news site covering the news industry
@ProducerMatthew – Matthew Keys, deputy social media editor, Reuters
@psmith – Patrick Smith, editor of TheMediaBriefing
@rajunarisetti – Raju Narisetti, managing editor of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network
@risj_oxford – Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
@spikefodder – David Holmes, journalism lecturer, Sheffield University
@sree – Sree Sreenivasan, journalism professor at Columbia Journalism School
@stevebuttry – Steve Buttry, digital transformation editor, Journal Register Co and Digital First Media
@StKonrath – Steffen Konrath, founder of Liquid Newsroom, real-time news curation
@subedited – National newspaper commissioning editor
@suttonnick – Nick Sutton, editor of the World at One
@TheMediaTweets – Blog about the media
@WannabeHacks – Site by wannabe hacks with advice, insight and inspiration for wannabe hacks

[ 2012]

This is obviously merely a starting point and there are a lot of other Twitter accounts which are worth following. If you have any you can recommend, I would love to hear from you.

For those trying to share their articles to groups with similar interests, I also recommend setting up keyword searches and understanding “hashtags,” Twitter-speak for a group of tweets about the same subject or event, indicated by a # sign and topic word.

Happy tweeting everybody!


‘100 Twitter accounts every journalism student should follow’ []

‘The Twitter Explosion’ [American Journalism Review]


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