The idea of embarking on another social media platform is daunting, but I know it would be a bad idea not to explore using Google Plus as a news gathering tool.
IJNet, a media organizations that helps journalists worldwide receive training and network, has outlined three tips for journalists seeking to use Google Plus for reporting.
The most interesting of these points is using the Hangout feature, a place to communicate via video with others in your circle, to interview sources. I’m always nervous about asking someone to confirm information through e-mail or instant messenger because there’s a chance that the person responding is not who she claims to be. But using a Hangout (or Skype, or Google chat’s video feature) eliminates these doubts.
Which tip is your favorite? And is there anything IJNet missed?