I challenge Twitter journalists to create a list

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Okay, all you self-proclaimed social media journalism geeks, here is your chance to win absolutely nothing except the satisfaction of helping fellow reporters, photographers and editors who are new to Twitter.

If you’ve ever helped a person create a Twitter account, you know that one of the first questions newbies ask is “who should I follow?” I always suggest reporters follow officials, experts, companies, customers and constituents of the industries, communities, issues and topics that they cover.

In addition to entities related to their beats, some journalists want to find Twitter accounts that provide good tips and information about journalism and social media. I often point to a few Twitter lists, like Jay Rosen’s selection of Top Journalism Linkers. I have my own list of people who frequently tweet about journalism.

As good as some of those lists are, new Twitter users could easily be turned off when they scroll through tweets from Rosen’s list and find Dale Cressman tweeting about a cure for Taylor Swift converts, me tweeting about bovine dysentery, and Mathew Ingram retweeting trivia about Mark Hamill’s age.

Those off-topic tweets could be avoided if Twitter allowed users to “follow” search results instead of people. Imagine if your first Twitter experience was a timeline full of tweets that only included certain words and phrases.

To make my point, I conducted a Twitter search that includes all English language tweets that include the word journalism along with the word social or mobile. I also included the word data, to capture conversations about data journalism.

The result was a constant stream of comments and links about how Twitter and Facebook affect the spread of news, how people use phones and tablets to consume and share journalism, and how data is used in reporting. Take a look:

The challenge

Here is what I ask of you. Create a list of existing Twitter accounts that a new user could follow to keep track of news and information about mobile, social and data journalism.

The challenge is to create a list that has as little “noise” as the search results shown above. Come up with your own way to compare the results.

Tell me about it

Share your list with me @ksablan. Post a link to your list in the comments below. Share your list with your Twitter followers. Brag if you come up with a list with better results than my Twitter search.