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Updated by Martin Couzins on May 11, 2017
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Developing stories

This is a set of articles I shared with Bath Spa University students on using social tools to develop stories.

Feeling Stuck? 7 Tools for Developing Fresh Story Ideas

As writers, we have a number of jobs. Putting words down on a page is only half of what goes on behind the scenes, right? There's also the editing, the research, the continuous coffee making and, of course, coming up with ideas.

Meerkat: 'Everyone has a story to tell,' says founder of live-streaming app

Ben Rubin hasn't had much sleep over the last few days, and his legions of newly acquired fans have noticed. As the Guardian live-streamed an interview with Rubin, the founder and chief executive of hot new Silicon Valley app Meerkat, the most frequent comments from the audience of 51 people were along the lines of: "When was the last time Ben slept?"

10 ways journalists can use Twitter before, during and after reporting a story

There's no doubt that Twitter is a useful tool for news organizations. I see journalists use it throughout the day to find story ideas, share news and talk with one another, so I've long known that most journalists understand its purpose and appreciate its value.

How journalists can use social media to make their journalism more 'relatable' (Guest blog - #PolisSummer)

In the first of our Polis LSE Summer School guest talks, the Wall Street Journal's EMEA social media editor Sarah Marshall explained how social media is helping journalists to make news more relevant to readers. Polis Summer School student Eleanor Hudson reports.

Philip Pullman's latest literary endeavour: the Twitter tale of Jeffrey the housefly

In the event, it was a false alarm. Jeffrey had simply flown out into the wide world to taste dung for the first time, a substance to which he has since become addicted. "I joined Twitter back in November because the people who do my website suggested it would be a good quick way of keeping in touch with readers," Pullman told the Telegraph.

How to: create stories using Storify

Storify is a powerful tool for curating content from social media such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram and SoundCloud. The platform has come a long way since it launched in private beta in 2010, and used by news outlets to cover everything from the Arab Spring to the Oscar Pistorius trial.