5 ways to interact with reporters on Facebook

Tons of reporters use Facebook for their work. You can use that to your advantage, but be cautious about how you do it.

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Facebook is crawling with reporters, editors, bloggers, and other members of the media.

They often use Facebook as a way to find sources, generate story ideas, connect with the communities involved with stories, share their stories, and so on. In other words, Facebook is an important resource for them.

You should understand how to use Facebook to connect and interact with reporters on a meaningful level. Here are five easy tips to get you started:

1. Find the reporters you’re targeting. The first thing to do is add reporters to your Facebook network. Many reporters include a link to their Facebook profile at the end of their stories or somewhere in their bios. You can also check out MuckRack’s directory of publications and journalists on Facebook (and other social media sites).

2. Share their stories. Reporters are usually thankful when people share their stories and help drive traffic to them. Sharing the stories of reporters you’re targeting can get you on their radar and earn their appreciation. You can also leave nice comments on their wall whenever they write a story you enjoy.

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