I figured journalists out there needed to know about these things if they didn’t know already:
Create a profile, pick the kind of Australian news you want to hear about and Wotnews doesn’t just deliver everything, it delivers everything that the rest of the internet deems relevant. It sort of works out how many links each article has and uses that to figure out how worthwhile the news item is. There are also a few sources that always have their articles included such as ABC websites and so on. Absolutely great for journos.
- Google Alerts:
Sign up for a gmail account for free. Basically any RSS feed can be read in Gmail. So keep your main account for all your other mail but direct any RSS feeds (such as Wotnews and so on) to this new Gmail account. Gmail stacks everything into conversations so that your inbox doesn’t get flooded with new emails. Set up Google Alerts for each specific subject you want to monitor – anything from news to who’s linking to your website. You get the option to set it up so that you get news “as it happens”, “daily” or “weekly”. Your other option is to get the RSS feeds directly from Reuters and AP and other wire services into your Gmail inbox as well.
- Help A Reporter Out:
If you are a journalist and you haven’t heard of this, you’ve been living under a rock. At the bottom of an extinct volcano. On a planet that isn’t even Earth. This service allows journalists to find sources for their stories. If you need a source badly, post a request to this site and it goes out to the email inboxes of over 50,000 sources. Extremely urgent requests get posted on the twitter at skydiver. If you are a company and would like more time in the media, post yourself as a source and respond to the requests that are tailored towards your company.
I hope this list helps some of you out. Toss your own two cents into the comments.