Digital Journal Launches Assignment Desk powered by Twitter

November 5th, 2009 by Chris Hogg Leave a reply »

Part of the daily editorial routine on the news site I operate ( is assigning stories to writers; we often reach out to Digital Journalists in various parts of the world if something local needs coverage.

We also operate a virtual Assignment Desk so any Digital Journalist can click “Post News” on the top of the page and see a list of top stories that need coverage on the site.

Yesterday we introduced a new initiative with our Assignment Desk: We’re using Twitter. We’re interested to see how effective this initiative will be to encourage Digital Journalists to cover various stories. The feed is also available on Twitter for citizen journalists who need ideas for news to publish on their own sites.

We hope an embedded Twitter widget will broaden perspective and coverage, keep the Assignment Desk updated more frequently and allow us to reach out to people all over the world for news tips.

Any Digital Journalist who clicks “Post News” will now see the embedded widget (here’s what it looks like) and the Assignment Desk will update in real-time as we add more stories to the feed. (If you want to become a Digital Journalist, click Post News at the top-right part of the homepage)

We’ll feature top news from around the world, including developing and breaking news. We’ll also use the Twitter Assignment Desk as a way to reach out to citizen reporters and mainstream journos around the globe. If you have a story idea, suggestion or news tip you can of course contact us via our website, and you can now also simply tip off our editors by sending a tweet to @djassignments on Twitter.

You can also follow @djassignments on Twitter for updates and links to breaking news.

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