Can Social Media Be a Reliable Tool for Journalists?

David Clinch
Atlanta, GA

Media & Communications Technology


David Clinch
Editorial Director
David Clinch is prepared to speak about social media and its effects on the industry of professional journalism. He can highlight social media's potential use as a reliable newsgathering tool and methods for low-cost content management. He can also speak about the use of Skype by the Broadcast and Media Industry.
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Atlanta, GA 30338
United States
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David Clinch is founder and President of Clinch Media Consultancy.  He consults for a number of companies and organizations to develop a better Social Media and Skype strategy.  He is also assisting in the development of a new Web News Content service, Storyful, and is Editorial Director at  Clinch is also launching a new Global real-time Web Service called "WorldAlert."   WorldAlert  uses the power of the Web and Skype to create a platform that will help save lives during emergencies, natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

Clinch was part of the management team on the CNN International Desk in Atlanta and pioneered the use of Social Media for International Newsgathering at CNN.  He played a leading part in training CNN staff in using Twitter, Skype and other online services for finding breaking news, guests and content.

He also developed a newsgathering system for CNN that is centered around an internal Sharepoint website with newslinks and built-in RSS feeds.  This "iDesk" system also harnessed the power of Twitter, Skype and other web resources to allow CNN to find news and content online and to stay one step ahead of competitors.

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Recent Publications/Appearances


April 17, 2013 CBS News "Crowdsourcing or witch hunt? Reddit and 4chan users attempt to solve Boston bombing case"

September 30, 2011 Columbia Journalism Review "Unknown Quantities"

September 11, 2011 Mashable "How the Media Is Using Digital Tech to Tell the Story of 9/11"

Feb 24, 2011 Bloomberg Businessweek "The Struggle to Put Libyan Video on YouTube"

Feb 4, 2011 Mashable "Youtube Partners With Curation Startup to Chronicle Protests in Egypt"

Feb 4, 2011 Nieman Journalism Lab "Storyful, YouTube: The value of the impermanent team-up"

Oct 13, 2010 PBS Media Shift "Revamped Forbes Pushes Advertorials, Social Media, Conflict"

Sep 13, 2010 Mashable! "The Future of Social Media in Journalism"


Feb 16, 2011 "The Future of Local Media"


August 30, 2011 Nieman Journalism Lab "The NYT joins forces with YouTube and Storyful to collect and share video reflections of 9/11"


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