I’ve been preaching this for several years now, but here is a screen-by-screen walkthrough on how you can find possible sources through Foursquare.
First, an obvious but necessary PSA: Just because it is on social media, it does not make it a fact. These are tips, not facts. In fact, I checked in from my USC office 20 miles away from the Los Angeles International Airport.
Search for the location. (NOTE: Your location doesn’t matter. You can check in from anywhere.)
Check in… after finding the location you are looking for. (NOTE: For transparency, I recommend you add that you are checking in to look for sources. (Here’s my note/tweet):
After checking in, go back to your home screen and select your recent check in.
From your check in, click on the location you just check in on
Click on the thumbnails of people who are there with you
Select someone who has checked in that location, noting their relevant times.
On their profile, you learn more about where they are from, their bio and, more importantly, how to get a hold of them through social networks (in red box).
Reach out and start your reporting.
Person’s Twitter account:
An Instagram the person tweeted while on the plane, watching the breaking news coverage.
NOTE: While their profiles are set to public, as a courtesy, I tried to blur out and anonymize people’s identities.