The tweeps provided lots of answers when we asked who were the best journalists using Twitter in their coverage of local news. In emails, comments and tweets, you gave us a huge slate to consider. We narrowed to a top 20 for this ballot.
Please vote today for your favorite journalists to follow for local news.
Responding to requests on Twitter, we created a separate politics category, so reporters covering local politics have been moved there. That ballot will be posted later this week, along with ballots in other categories. The politics slate includes journalists covering local and national politics.
Perhaps reflecting our emphasis on local news, the the mixture so far includes more journalists covering local politics than national politics. If we get enough journalists covering national politics, we might note winners in both categories. And don't confuse this ballot with the #DCLeaders list (including policy makers as well as journalists) being compiled by Politico.
Keep sending us nominations (use #dcjournotweeps on Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below) for journalists in politics, sports or entertainment, for non-journo tweeps who give you useful news or for journalists who are AWOL (nowhere to be found on Twitter) or quitters (abandoned Twitter after a few lame tweets).
The ballot does include Twitter feeds for three blogs that were nominated from the TBD Community Network that do a great job on Twitter: @borderstan, @ggwash and @welovedc. They are team efforts, though, and we are seeking to recognize individual journalists here.
The nominees follow, with stats (as of the moment we checked each this week), TBD's scouting report (including some comments from the nominators) and a tweet from this week. No, we don't understand Klout score either. We think it's something like the NFL's quarterback rating: perhaps meaningful in some cases but not meant to be understood.
A ballot follows the scouting reports.
@amandahess, sex and gender blogger for TBD.com. 5,464 tweets, 6,048 followers. Following 987. Klout score 58.The only TBD journalist on this ballot comes first because of the blessing of alphabetical order, not our bias, which we admit. Not a lot of chit-chat, but a conversational voice, lots of retweets and links to her blog post. Cool avatar.
Wear a rape joke for $11.99 (plus shipping) http://tbd.ly/ed8GZO
@amorrissey, Aaron Morrissey, DCist editor-in-chief. 6,115 tweets. 1,088 followers. Following 633. Klout score 51. When he links to DCist posts, he's conversational, rather than headline-ish. Engages frequently with the tweeps.
sheesh, finding an impartial jury for the Lululemon murder trial is going to be real tough: http://is.gd/cOFs9x
@ARLnowDOTcom, Scott Brodbeck, ARLnow blogger. 3,601 tweets. 2,752 followers. Following 298. Klout score 58. Mostly tweets links to new blog posts and replies to tweets. Covers Arlington like crazy. First member of the TBD Community Network.
Bozzelli's Italian Deli -- favorite of Sen. John McCain -- now serving pizza and mini cupcakes in Crystal City http://bit.ly/ewoBKL
@atuss, Adam Tuss, transportation reporter for WTOP. 2,177 tweets. 871 followers. Following 74. Klout score 50. Steady stream of news of interest to commuters. Often doesn't need the full 140 characters.
That entire stretch of Constitution is essentially going to be replaced - heavy lifting starts week of 4/10. Project lasts until next year
@DCAbloob, DCAbloob blogger Everett Will. 21,680 tweets. 1,262 followers. Following 837. Klout score 55. Tweets links to lots of local news, not just his own posts. Nominating email praised his thoroughness, including items from Prince George's County of interest to the nominator.
@PGD9Politico thank you. for obvious reasons, wanted to make sure there was official police confirmation before retweeting the Patch report
@dcist_martin, Martin Austermuhle, senior editor at DCist. 3,389 tweets. 1,376 followers. Following 327. Klout score 55. Mix of news, commentary, conversation. Bonus points for "Simpsons" background image.
If this is true, I'm f**ked: "Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet."
@jfdulac, Washington Post enterprise reporter J. Freedom du Lac. 3,133 tweets. 1,297 followers. Following 161. Klout score 50. He writes and tweets some about entertainment, but we put him in the local category, because he covers more than entertainment. Not afraid to tweet a link critical of the boss.
Two speakers, no #wmata board members present and the public hearing for $851m in spending is done.
@lydiadepillis, Lydia DePillis, real estate reporter for Washington City Paper. 1,633 tweets. 1,204 followers. Following 718. Klout score 49. News, lots of retweets and replies and an occasional mention of personal needs (new glasses and a needle and thread this week).
Oh dear Marion Barry. Comparing DC to an "apartheid system"? Really? http://bit.ly/fqCmM5
@mikemadden, Mike Madden, managing editor at Washington City Paper. 13,417 tweets. 7,367 followers. Following 894. Klout score 60. Most top editors barely engage in Twitter, if at all. Madden offers conversation, commentary, links to City Paper and other media and some humor.
This is not a helpful way to respond to the Japanese tsunami/earthquake/nuclear problem: http://bit.ly/goK2ye
@mjneibauer, Michael Neibauer, covering regional economic development and government for the Washington Business Journal. 2,407 tweets. 993 followers. Following 484. Klout score 50. Mix of news and conversation. Not a heavy volume.
Everybody's suing the online travel companies. Montgomery County in December. Now DC. http://bit.ly/hzMQ5d
@nealaugenstein, WTOP reporter Neal Augenstein. 2,165 tweets. 884 followers. Following 827. Klout score 50. Conversational and tweets news, too. Lists email address in his Twitter bio. And uses iPhone as primary field recorder. Multiple nominations from tweeps for #dcjournotweeps.
@oconnellpostbiz, Jonathan O'Connell, Capital Business reporter for the Washington Post. 2,461 tweets. 1,069 followers. Following 320. Klout score 50. Live-tweets meetings. Lots of links and bits of news through the day.
Every single condo sales pitch cliche in one amazing 7.5-min video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZgDgirfPfE Please share your fave lines
@PeoplesDistrict, blogger Danny Harris. 814 tweets. 610 followers. Following 135. Klout score 47. TBD Community Network member. Tweets links to daily photo and story about someone in the District. Plus some conversation.
@TopShelfWBJ, Missy Frederick, Washington Business Journal columnist covering restaurants and retail. 942 tweets. 1,829 followers. Following 193. Klout score 49. Chatty, shares links. Nominated several others for #dcjournotweeps. Also nominated for her personal Twitter account, @bylinemjf.
Does Pollo Campero's logo remind anyone else of the "Cluckin' Chicken" SNL sketch from the 90s?
@unsuckdcmetro, unidentified "metroloverhater" who blogs about Metro. 6,803 tweets. 6,677 followers. Following 4,256. Klout score 59. Swiftly tweets and retweets news, complaints and humor about the Metro system. Gets retweeted a lot.
@wbjsarah, Sarah Krouse, Washington Business Journal real estate reporter. 1,881 tweets. 1,434 followers. Following 709. Klout score 43. Nominated lots of journalists for #dcjournotweeps and was nominated multiple times herself. Tweets links to stories, plugs for print stories, Foursquare checkins and some conversation.
@wpjenna, Washington Post student life and culture reporter and Campus Overload blogger Jenna Johnson. 3,616 tweets. 4,413 followers. Following 867. Klout score 58. Lots of varied tweets: conversation, links, crowdsourcing, invitations to live chats. Even disclosure of "the most evil stomach virus in the world."