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Winning #DCjournotweeps: Freeman Klopott, Katy Adams, Ben Goessling

April 6, 2011 - 10:00 AM
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Update: Responses from Katy Adams and Ben Goessling to TBD questions about their Twitter use have been added at the end.

We have three more winners in the #DCjournotweeps voting:

Freeman Klopott, City Hall reporter for the Washington Examiner, @FKlopott, was voted the best journalist using Twitter to cover local politics. 

Katy Adams of the Washington Examiner, @katyadams, was chosen as the best journalist covering local entertainment using Twitter.

Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com, @masnBen, was voted the best Washington sports journalist using Twitter.

Tomorrow we'll recognize the best non-journalism news feed in the area. We'll also recognize some non-players: Key journalism figures in Washington who are notably absent from Twitter and some quitters who started Twitter accounts and bailed after a few lame tweets.

When we first started seeking nominations to recognize local journalists' use of Twitter, we didn't have a local politics category. We figured politics would be lumped in with local news. After Keith Ivey called for a politics category, Klopott echoed the call.

Agreed RT @kcivey: #dcjournotweeps should include DC politics category, or at least local politics.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®   Favorite | Retweet | Reply

So we added a local politics category and Klopott ran away with it. He won 46 percent of the vote, easily besting NewsChannel 8 "Capital Insider" producer Rebecca Schatz, @journalistabex, with 21 percent and Washington Post reporter Mike Debonis (@mikedebonis) with 13 percent.

No one else topped 10 percent.

Klopott provides followers a steady flow of news from District events he covers:

Baumann and Lanier will soon testify on pensions on the same panel and they'll actually agree.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®   Favorite | Retweet | Reply

In the entertainment category, Adams, Yeas and Nays columnist for the Examiner, won 39 percent of the vote, edging Clinton Yates, @clintonyates, of Express by 4 percentage points. Adams' column collaborator Nikki Schwab, @nikkischwab was third with 15 percent.

Adams' most common tweets are links to her latest items about "people, politics and power":

Baldwin, Spacey get stood up by Congress http://dlvr.it/MZVz7less than a minute ago via dlvr.it   Favorite | Retweet | Reply

Other tweets reflect some personality:

#thiscabbie'snuts thinks he's in NYC traffic. I feel like I'm on that ride at the fair...the sizzlerless than a minute ago via TweetDeck   Favorite | Retweet | Reply

In the sports category, Goessling won 28 percent of the vote to edge the Washington Post's Steven Goff, @SoccerInsider, who had 24 percent. The Post's Dan Steinberg, @dcsportbog, had 14 percent.

If you can't watch a Nationals game, following Goessling on Twitter will give you lots of the action and flavor:

Ryan Zimmerman goes deep off the folded seats in left field -- only sound in the stadium is the ball hitting plastic. 2-1 Nats.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck   Favorite | Retweet | Reply

Porter was waving Hairston, but changed to a stop sign as Hairston rounded third. Too late, hence the rundown.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck   Favorite | Retweet | Reply

TBD asked Klopott about his Twitter use:

TBD: What’s your approach to using Twitter in your work?

Klopott: I try to incorporate Twitter into my news gathering activities as much as possible. I live tweet events I think my followers are interested in. As I gather information on a breaking story, I'll tweet various pieces of it, which can be difficult because I also don't want to show all of my cards to my competitors. I also try to provide my followers with a sense of what's going on behind the scenes at news events or even as I'm walking the halls of the Wilson Building. I've been experimenting more and more with finding ways to shed light on what my life is like as a reporter.

TBD: How do you find it most useful?

Klopott: I love the connection to readers that Twitter provides. I can get instant feedback on stories and on more than one occasion a follower's Tweets have led me in directions I would not have otherwise gone on my own.

TBD: What’s the best tip, if any, you’ve received through Twitter?

Klopott: The best tip I ever received with the help of Twitter was that then Mayor-elect Vince Gray's wallet was stolen on Thanksgiving Day.

TBD: Who’s a local journalist you enjoy following?

Klopott: As far as city hall reporting goes, I like Loose Lips' feed for Alan Suderman's sarcasm. I would be remiss, though, if I didn't mention how quickly Examiner reporters have taken to Twitter in the last several months and how each has his or her own voice that's worth following. Check beneath their bylines for an easy follow.

TBD also asked Goessling about his Twitter use:

TBD: What’s your approach to using Twitter in your work?

Goessling: When I started using Twitter at the Washington Times in 2009, it was still a novelty in sportswriting. Now, it's become a necessity. I use it to post news and updates about the Nationals, pass along links to my stories and especially to connect with fans and other writers. On game days, it becomes a kind of virtual sports bar, only you're tuned into every game that's going on in baseball, with writers from other cities updating you on their games and fans in your market talking to you about the ones you're covering.

TBD: How do you find Twitter most useful? 

Goessling: Twitter has fundamentally changed the way baseball writers work. Everybody's on there now, so it essentially works as a RSS feed as much as it does a vehicle for your own work. Baseball's Winter Meetings are as good an example of this as anything. Back in the dark ages of 2008, you'd run to the lobby of the hotel, spend some time talking to sources, then double back to your computer to post whatever you'd found out and make a quick check of all the major news sites, to see if anything had broken while you were away. Now, when I've got a free minute, I just pull up my phone, check through all the recent tweets and post anything I've learned, all from the lobby.

TBD: What’s the best tip, if any, you’ve received through Twitter? 

Goessling: As in, tip on a story? Sorry, can't share those. But I will say, I've definitely gotten tipped off to breaking news on Twitter, or used it to confirm stories. It's remarkable the relationships you can build with people you've never met in person on Twitter. The best ones of those turn into offline relationships that can broaden your source network.

TBD: Who’s a local journalist you enjoy following?

Goessling: I'm probably not alone in saying Dan Steinberg of the Post's DC Sports Bog; he's as industrious, clever and responsive on Twitter as anybody in Washington. His blog relies so much on reader tips and feedback that I don't know how he did it before Twitter. I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention MLB.com's Bill Ladson (@washingnats) and WTOP's Craig Heist (@cheist). Those of us on the Nats beat refer to them as Tom and Jerry, and their bickering is as entertaining on Twitter as it is in real life. It's all in good fun, though.

TBD: Anything else you’d like to add?

Goessling: Thanks for running this contest -- it's been fun to see readers weigh in and vote for their favorites. There were so many great choices among your nominees, and I'm honored to win the vote. Twitter's become an essential part of covering the Nats for me; I get a kick out of interacting with readers in real time, and it's great to be recognized for something I enjoy doing so much.

And here are answers from Katy Adams:

TBD: How do you find Twitter most useful?

Adams: For me, Twitter is all about generating the buzz. It's this endless stream of consciousness of mostly useful information that allows me to promote my stories and our brand and engage the audience in light chatter.

TBD: What’s the best tip, if any, you’ve received through Twitter?

Adams: A source who I just reconnected with via Twitter a few weeks ago tipped me off about Spacey and Baldwin getting snubbed by Congress yesterday (Adams' tweet highlighted above). This morning, our story was picked up by Drudge so that one wins so far.

TBD: Do you have a favorite tweet (yours or someone else’s)?

Adams: I asked FOX News' Brett Baier (@Bret_Baier) what he was giving up for Lent over Twitter and someone named Bubba replied to us: "I'm giving up sex and watermelon, just like last year." Brett gave up pizza and has been sticking with it. I haven't followed up with Bubba.

@Bret_Baier @katyadams I'm giving up sex and watermelon, just like last year.less than a minute ago via web   Favorite | Retweet | Reply

TBD: Who’s a local journalist you enjoy following?

Adams: Aside from my fellow reporters at The Washington Examiner Nikki Schwab (@NikkiSchwab),Tim Carney (@TPCarney) and Byron York (@ByronYork), I think my former FOX 5 colleague and pal Brian Bolter @brianbolter is a fun one to follow. Oh, and Washington Post's @DCHagedorn is always good for a laugh ... and he's fast too! I saw his speedy, little fingers first hand when we were having lunch at Equinox about a month ago -- at the same time as First Lady Michelle Obama. Human Rights' Emily Miller @EmilyMillerDC is another favorite of mine.

TBD: Anything else you would like to add?

Adams: I love getting story ideas and tips and hearing feedback from our readers. So tweet me and tell your friends to follow me because my 10,000th follower will get an iPad. (Kidding)



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