Sarah Booker


Great people for journalists to follow on Twitter #ff

Alan Rusbridger‘s article today, Why Twitter matters for media organisations listed a great many reasons for using Twitter.

During my years on Twitter I have found it is a great way to learn and I continue to learn a great deal by following other digital journalists, educators and developers.

In an effort to help journalists stepping into the Twittersphere for the first time I have compiled a list of really useful people to follow and learn from.

Teaching and learning

Paul Bradshaw – Lecturer and social media consultant Online journalism blog – great tips

BBC Journalism College

Clay Shirky – Influential future media blogger

Glynn Mottershead – Journalism lecturer

Andy Dickinson – Online journalism lecturer and links;

Jeff Jarvis – The Buzz Machine blogger and journalism professor

Sue Llewellyn – BBC social media trainer and TV journo

Steve Yelvington – Newsroom trainer

Jay Rosen – Journalism lecturer at NYU

Roy Greenslade – City University, media commentator


Alison Gow – Executive Editor, digital, for the Liverpool Daily Post & Liverpool Echo

Marc Reeves – The Business Desk, West Midlands

Richard Kendall – Web editor Peterborough Evening Telegraph

David Higgerson – Head of Multimedia, Trinity Mirror

Sam Shepherd – Bournemouth Echo digital projects

Jo WadsworthBrighton Argus web editor

Matt Cornish – journalist and author of Monkeys and Typewriters

Louise Bolotin – Journalist and hyperlocal blogger

Sarah Booker (me because I try to be useful)

Joanna Geary – Guardian digital development editor and

Adam Tinworth –  Consultant and ex-Reed Business Information editorial development manager

Adam Westbrook – Lecturer and multimedia journalist

Patrick Smith – The Media Briefing

Shane Richmond – Telegraph Head of technology

Edward Roussel – Telegraph digital editor

Damian Thompson – Telegraph blogs editor

Kate Day – Telegraph communities editor

Ilicco Elia – Former Head of mobile Reuters

Sarah Hartley– Guardian local

Jemima Kiss – Guardian media/tech reporter

Kate Bevan – Guardian media/tech reporter

Josh Halliday – Media Guardian

Jessica Reid – Guardian Comment is Free

Charles Arthur – Tech Guardian editor

Heather Brooke – Investigative journalist, FOI campaigner

Kevin Anderson – Journalist, ex BBC, ex Guardian

Wannabehacks – Journalism students and trainees

Simon Rogers – Guardian data journalist and editor of the datastore

Jon Slattery – Journalist

Laura Oliver –

Johann Hari – Journalist, The Independent (personal)

Guy Clapperton – Journalist and writer

Alan Rusbridger – Guardian editor


George Hopkin – Seo evangelist

Nieman Journalism Lab – Harvard

Martin Belam – Guardian internet advisor

Tony Hirst – OU lecturer and data mash up artist

Christian Payne – Photography, video, mobile media

David Allen Green – Lawyer and writer

Judith Townend – Meeja Law & From the Online

Richard Pope – Scraperwiki director

Suw Charman-Anderson – social software consultant and writer

Scraperwiki – Data scraping and information

Chris Taggart – Founder of Openly Local and They Work for You

Suzanne Kavanagh – Publishing sector manager at Skillset, personal account

Greg Hadfield – Director of strategic projects at Cogapp, ex Fleet Streets

Francis Irving – Scraperwiki

Ben Goldacre – Bad Science

Philip John – Journal Local, Litchfield Blog,

David McCandless – Information is Beautiful

Flying Binary – Cloud computing and visual analytics

Rick Waghorn – Journalist and founder of Addiply

News sources

Journalism news

Journalism blogs

Mike ButcherTech Crunch UK

Richard MacManus – Read Write Web

The Media Blog

Press Gazette

Hold the Front Page

Mashable – Social media blog

Media Guardian

Guardian tech weekly

Paid Content

The Media Brief

BBC news

Channel4 news

Channel4 newsroom blogger

Sky News

House of Twits –  Houses of Parliament

Telegraph Technology



  1. Hi Sarah

    thank you very much for sharing this list. However, there is one thing I would like to point your attention to. The “Neiman Journalism Lab – Harvard” is am misspelling of “Nieman …” and therefore leads to an incorrect Twitter-Account. The correct/direct link (you get redirected) would be Not big deal but I thought I should mention it.

    Take care


    Comment by Marek Hoffmann — 20/11/2010 @ 10:44 am | Reply

    • Thanks for that. I’ve missed a few people off, too, so expect a few edits.

      Comment by Sarah Booker — 20/11/2010 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  2. Cheers Sarah 🙂

    Comment by Laura Oliver — 22/11/2010 @ 10:38 pm | Reply

  3. Hi Sarah,

    You might be interested to follow Joni Ayn, online journalism lecturer at City University London. @joniayn.


    Olivia Bolton

    Comment by Olivia Bolton — 25/11/2010 @ 11:18 am | Reply

    • Ah yes. I follow her already.

      Comment by Sarah Booker — 26/11/2010 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

  4. Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for this list – some great people on here.
    I’m a little confused about “Matt Cornish” – the link goes through to a Twitter page for “Ginger Elvis”, and there is no mention of “Monkeys with Typewriters”. I published a book of the same name last year (“Monkeys with Typewriters: Myths and realities of social media at work” Triarchy, 2009), and would be really interested to know more about Matt’s work on this subject.
    Many thanks,
    Jemima Gibbons

    Comment by Jemima Gibbons — 28/11/2010 @ 8:24 am | Reply

  5. Now that I am getting more into twitter, I have to say this is one of the best lists I have found that is not filled with rappers or reality TV stars.

    Comment by Rolie R — 27/07/2011 @ 8:37 am | Reply

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