While many may have once scoffed at the idea of a social media network helping to drive news coverage, Twitter has become a useful resource for both readers and reporters. Despite it's 140-character limit, Twitter his a powerful platform that enables journalists and news organizations to break news fast, report updates as they happen, and communicate with readers in a very quick and direct way. Yet in an era where fake news abounds and Twitter boasts some 317 million users, it can be difficult to know who to follow for reliable news and analysis.
While this is by no means meant to be a complete list, these journalists are among those that have been leading the charge in providing powerful reporting and insightful analysis. I encourage you to consider this list a jumping off point, something to help you curate your own list of informative, insightful, and entertaining journalists to follow.
Here are 17 journalists to follow on Twitter in 2017:
1. Jay Rosen | @jayrosen_nyu
Jay Rosen is a media critic who tweets (and writes) about journalism for Press Think while training new journalists as a professor at New York University. He has been published in the New York Times, Salon, the Los Angeles Times, and the Nation.
2. Brian Stelter | @brianstelter
The host of CNN's Reliable Sources has already begun covering Trump's potential effect on news coverage and press freedoms.
3. Matthew Yglasias | @mattyglesias
4. Amy Fiscus | @amyfiscus
5. Michael Barbaro | @mikiebarb
6. Tim Dickinson | @7im
Rolling Stone's National Affairs reporter offers sharp analysis and commentary on many of the nation's trading news stories.
7. Andrew Kaczynski | @KFile
Formerly of Buzzfeed, Andrew Kaczynski now reports for CNN's KFile while continuing to fact-check politicians with his Twitter.
8. Matt Viser | @mviser
The Boston Globe's deputy Washington Bureau chief tweets with a national perspective, offering a good mix of reporting and commentary.
9. Philip Bump | @pbump
Philip Bump writes for the Washington Post's politics blog the Fix.
10. Tina Nguyen | @tina_nguyen
11. Domenico Montanaro | @DomenicoNPR
Domenico Montanaro is NPR's lead editor for politics and digital audience. Expect insightful, but entertaining news commentary.
12. Jenna Johnson | @wpjenna
13. Gregor Aisch | @driven_by_data
Gregor Aisch is the graphics editor at the New York Times. His tweets often relate to data driven journalism.
14. Kurt Eichenwald | @kurteichenwald
Kurt Eichenwald currently works as a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and a senior writer for Newseek.
15. Shadi Rahimi | @shadirahimi
Shadi Rahimi is a deputy producer for AJ+, the online channel of Al Jazeera who's Twitter provides a good mix of international and domestic news.
16. Eric Lipton | @EricLiptonNYT
As a Washington-based investigative reporter for the New York Times, Eric Lipton digs deep to get to the facts.
17. Tanzina Vega | @tanzinavega
Tanzina Vega covers race and inequality – two issues we're sure to see heavily discussed in 2017 – for CNN.