Sourcing is incredibly important for journalists whether we’re reporting for a newspaper, broadcast or even posting to our personal beat blogs. Where you get your information can spell the difference between snagging the juiciest scoop or looking horribly misinformed when your information proves to be bad. That’s why I thought I’d share a selection of users I’m keeping up with on Twitter to get the best and most up-to-date information on the 2016 presidential race. Without further ado:
- Bradd Jaffy: Full disclosure here – Bradd is a colleague and friend from my time with NBC Nightly News, where he works as a head writer. But Bradd is also a Twitter superstar who manages to always have a finger on the pulse of the election for both camps and does a great job of posting relevant and timely information (mainly campaign updates) which he attributes to the various press releases and interviews each candidate provides. I’ve gotten a lot of my breaking news updates regarding Clinton and Trump directly from his Twitter account and he always sources his information.
- Katy Tur, Hallie Jackson and Kasie Hunt: I’ve grouped these three fabulous reporters for NBC together because they’re all considered ’embeds’ for the Clinton and Trump camps and I can always rely on at least one or more of their accounts to have quick and easy to digest breaking updates from on the trail. Their information comes straight from the source.
- Tom Llamas and Cecilia Vega: For the exact same reasons as above – Tom and Cecilia are campaign ’embeds’ for ABC News and I generally tend to check both networks’ coverage this way to get the most comprehensive on the trail updates.
- Mark Halperin: Halperin is the managing editor of Bloomberg Politics, host of “With All Due Respect,” as well as a common face on television, providing election updates and some really funny tweets (always good to laugh every once in a while especially about an election this serious). I rely on Mark’s political savvy and his retweets of articles I should be looking at.
- Don Lemon: Since each reporter I’ve cited thus far obviously shows loyalty to their respective network, I’d be remissed not to mention at least one from CNN, and I would most certainly choose Don Lemon because he truly is a “Twitter King” as he calls himself, or at the very least a “Retweet King.” While most of the posts are CNN based, he also includes major new sources for political articles I (and anyone interested in the election) should check out.
- David Fahrenthold: Reporter for the Washington Post and he is a particularly important one to follow on this list because his dogged reporting on Trump’s charitable record and financial records could end up paying off big time if this latest news of Trump using charitable donations to pay himself pans out, all of his investigations will be all the more timely.
- Sam Stein: Senior political editor for the Huffington Post. One particular plus about Stein’s account is that it’s mostly consisted of his own penned tweets as opposed to just a host of retweets from other sources.
- PolitiFact: Okay so this account isn’t a reporter or even attributed to one person, but it might be the most vital one on this list. Just about every major news outlet uses PolitiFact at some point to check up on the candidates’ statements, not to mention the claims of just about everyone else involved in national politics. If I’m ever in doubt about something I hear Trump or Clinton say, chances are they’ve also had that same doubt and have fact-checked to the max. This account is the place to be during the upcoming presidential debates this fall.