I am pleased to announce that Matthew Keys will be joining Reuters as our Deputy Social Media Editor. He will produce online content for Reuters.com; expand our presence on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr and on new platforms; and play a key role in helping to train Reuters journalists on best practices in social media.
Matthew is well known in social media circles as a reliable source for news and was recently nominated for an Online News Association award in the category of “Breaking News excellence” for his coverage of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.
Matthew is a recognized leader in helping journalists turn social media into valuable reporting tools. His online tools—a journalists guide for Tumblr, a guide for finding breaking news video on YouTube, as well as a guide for finding breaking news images on Twitter –have helped many journalists taking their first steps into social media.
Before joining Reuters, Matthew was an online content producer and manager for KTXL FOX40, a Tribune Broadcasting television station in Sacramento, and an online news producer for KGO-TV, the ABC affiliate in San Francisco, California.
Matthew will be based in New York and report to me. Please join me in welcoming him to Reuters.