Who are the best reporters on Twitter?

I was part of the judging panel put together by Press Gazette editor Dominic Ponsford to vote for the best UK reporters on Twitter and other social media. It was a really interesting exercise — the long list came from reader suggestions — and made me aware of a number of journalists I hadn’t followed before.

Among the was @AlexandraRucki, formerly with the Wandsworth Guardian and now an online journalist with the Evening Standard. She was beaten to the top spot by Peter Jukes, @peterjukes, who has done an excellent job covering the hacking trial.

Here’s the top 10:

 

1 Peter Jukes – @peterjukes – Author and journalist who has been live-tweeting from the hacking trial

2 Alexandra Rucki – @AlexandraRucki (formerly @WandsworthHack – Online journalist for the Evening Standard, formerly with the Wandsworth Guardian

3  Alex Thomson – @Alextomo – Chief correspondent and presenter Channel 4 News

4  Steve Hawkes – @Steve_Hawkes – Deputy political editor The Sun

5 Faisal Islam – @faisalislam – Economics editor Channel 4 News (joining Sky as politics editor)

6 Paul Waugh – @paulwaugh – Editor of Politics Home, editor in chief of Dods

7 Lucy Manning – @lucymanning – ITV News UK editor

8 Mark Stone – @Stone_SkyNews – Sky News Asia correspondent

9 Dave West – @Davewwest – Chief reporter Health Service Journal

10 Phil Mac Giolla Bhain – @Pmacgiollabhain – Journalist and writer living on the west  coast of Ireland

 

You can read the full list over on the Press Gazette site.

Mastering Social Media Workshop at the Frontline Club, 23 May

I’m running my latest social media workshop at the Frontline Club on 23 May 2014. You can find full details on the Frontline site. Meanwhile, here’s a taster:

 

From understanding the basics of social media and their applications in journalism, to the fine art of online editing, this workshop is ideal for established and emerging journalists alike. It will also appeal to anyone in a communications role who truly wants to understand the power of social media.

The workshop will be divided into two parts:

How to Tweet: A social media primer

This session will teach journalists – in-house and freelance – and communications professionals how to raise their profile, extend their reach and understand how to integrate social media into their newsgathering, research and campaigning.

How to Blog . . . For reputation, profile and reach

In this session, Bernstein will explore the basics of blogging, the dos and don’ts, reveal who are the masters of the craft, and layout the editorial techniques – as well as the tactics and tools – you’ll need for success.

 

More information here.