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Journalists are spending a lot of time chasing down sources or vetting the tips that end up in their inbox, DMs, or news outlets’ tip-lines

Current stories and sources represent people who are the most followed on Twitter, or well-connected with the media

The general public doesn’t know how to best submit tips or stories to the media, unless they have pre-existing relationships or far reach on social media

Journalists default to asking pre-existing relationships for anecdotes and sources, leading to over-reliance on a few sources
 for their second-degree connections

People who are not literate with the media might never make their way to a journalist or platform

Corporations have large PR teams to get through to journalists, but everyday people with stories don’t

People who are not literate with the media might never make their way to a journalist or platform

Most journalists take to Twitter to find sources, but huge swaths of the population are not on Twitter


Sources can be sloppy in their sharing of information, putting their digital security and employment security at risk


Tip-lines are inundated, and some big stories fall through the cracks

Why do we think news organizations’ story-gathering process could be improved today?