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Reddit is the self-proclaimed "front page of the internet", a platform which is increasingly being used by journalists to research stories or engage users.

Alan Rusbridger famously did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) in July 2013, which covered subjects including wikileaks, phone-hacking and marzipan.

Earlier this year, Reddit also began trialling live blogs for breaking news, such as this live thread on the conflict in Ukraine.

For those who are not familiar with the platform, Reddit works by allowing users to submit links to their own content or content elsewhere on the web which are then voted up or down by other 'redditors', with the most popular content gaining prominence hitting Reddit's much-coveted home page.

It is a format which former Guardian and New York Times journalist Benji Lanyado, who launched The Reddit Edit in 2012, describes as "the top of the crowdsourced pile".

Here he gives his tips for how journalists can use Reddit, alongside advice from Vice and Al Jazeera English.

1. To stay ahead of the crowd

Reddit is made up of various subreddits – threads which appeal to a specific topic or community.

Benji Lanyado, founder of The Reddit Edit

Some are mainstream, covering subjects such as science, technology or world news, while others, such as /r/amateur_boxing, /r/veghumor and the surreal  /r/AnimalsWithoutNecks, are more niche.

These subreddits are a potential goldmine for journalists to find new and interesting stories to pursue before they are covered elsewhere, said Lanyado.

"I've always been interested in Reddit's power of surfacing interesting stories that I wouldn't have found otherwise," he told Journalism.co.uk.

"Often you see a lot of stories appearing in the British media within about 12 hours of appearing on Reddit. It's definitely something that always seems to be ahead of the crowd, certainly the editorial crowd."

He advised that journalists should "always go beyond the first hundred stories, keep digging if you really want to find something" when searching for original content on Reddit.


Screenshot from reddit.com/r/worldnews

2. To gauge popular interests

The vast range of content featured on Reddit makes the platform a great resource for journalists wanting to determine the level of interest or opinion in a particular issue or topic they might be considering reporting on, said Lanyado.

"I think the absolute best use of Reddit for a journalist is as a kind of litmus test of where the internet stands on something," he explained. 

Though Lanyado noted Reddit was not an entirely level playing field for gauging opinion, due to the fact that "the vast majority of Reddit's users are probably quite left-leaning and liberal and libertarian," he added that journalists could gauge popular opinion around a certain topic, online at least, "just by looking at a couple of subreddits on the subject".

3. To engage users

One way Reddit can be used for engagement is in AMAs, where people invite other redditors to ask them anything.

Nazanine Moshiri, roving correspondent for Al Jazeera English, did one of the outlet's first AMAs from Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Though she admitted that opening yourself up to such public scrutiny was initially nerve-wracking, she said journalists should not feel anxious about not knowing all the answers to the questions they may be asked, because people were generally more interested in hearing about personal accounts and experiences.

"You can prepare a little bit by thinking through what the main issues are on the subject, but I don't think people are asking you questions just for you to give them facts and figures and soundbites," she said.

"I think they just want to hear what it's really like, your take [on something] and your thoughts."

4. To identify niche sources

Moshiri said that she now tends to use Reddit mostly for research into investigations or niche topics or to follow what her fellow Al Jazeera correspondents are saying.

She noted that the range of "niche" subreddits on the platform made it a useful tool for finding sources away from mainstream topics and issues.

"Our newsdesk do use Reddit sometimes to find witnesses or people who have an opinion on an issue," she said, adding that Reddit was particularly helpful for "finding experts on more obscure topics and investigations".

5. To get feedback

Vice began using Reddit to promote content and engage users through AMAs after realising the outlet already had a large fanbase on the platform.

Jonathan Hunt, Vice

Jonathan Hunt, global marketing director at Vice, said that another way the outlet uses Reddit is to get feedback on the content it creates and any changes to the design of its website.

"One of the main reasons why Vice is so enthralled with Reddit is that we understand Reddit is a place where our superfans exist, and as a community that has really been instrumental to the success of our content and the success of our brand," said Hunt.

"It's also a place where we know we can get a lot of very candid and honest feedback about the things that we're doing, whether that's the way we build our site and new products and series that we launch.

"It's a great sounding board."

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Straight-A students have taken to Reddit to tell the world where their top-class grades have got them in life - and it's not always the most high-flying lifestyles.  

The posts cover a wide variety of outcomes, from those working in a coffee shop or not working at all to aerospace engineers flying to Japan.

The page also offered an insight into the pressure students face, with many speaking out about suffering breakdowns and depression while striving to get perfect marks. 

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Straight-A students have taken to Reddit to tell the world where their top-class grades have got them in life.

The posts cover a wide variety of outcomes, from those working in a coffee shop (pictured) or not working at all to aerospace engineers flying to Japan

The majority of Reddit users set out to prove that top grades don't always mean a top career at the end of all your hard work.

Indigoreality was 'working in IT for a straight C boss,' while another straight A university graduate told, 'I work at a coffee shop. Yup.' 

Another had the not-particularly mentally challenging job of a train conductor, while waawftutki was feeling particularly disillusioned with the fact he was still unemployed three years after leaving school with straight As. 

'Unemployed, completely unsure what to do with my life.

'School made me really really good at remembering random things for short periods of time, but I don't see how that applies to any sort of job or hobbies. 

Waawftutki was feeling particularly disillusioned with the fact he was still unemployed three years after leaving school with straight As

RockrGrll decided not to go to college and instead go on tour with her band - despite graduating in the top 10% of her class and having her pick of top college scholarships

Anotherdirtyword told how they did so well in school that they felt like a complete failure when they were averaging a B- at college

'I've been out of high-school for three years, trying to go back to school right now and I've forgotten everything. 

'It doesn't mean a thing whatsoever to be a straight A student. You need some actual motivation/passion in something to get good at it, and school has nothing to do with that.'

RockrGrll would agree with the latter sentiment as she decided not to go to college and instead go on tour with her band - despite graduating in the top 10% of her class and having her pick of top college scholarships.

She wrote that her career adviser had a surprisingly positive response, and it turned out to be the right one.

'She said how much she loved my music and was excited I was choosing to follow my dreams. That really stuck with me.

'I now own my own recording studio, work my own hours, and life is f***ing awesome.'

A number of Reddit users could have used a careers adviser like her, as they left school on a high, but soon struggled when competing with the big boys at top colleges. 

Those who found their A grades didn't help them in life or who suffered from stress and depression trying to do well warned others not to worry so much about getting top grades

'We were all told at orientation 'get used to being average',' wrote anotherdirtyword. 'I've never been average, so I brushed it off, thinking it didn't really apply to me.

'Sure enough despite all my hard work and non-stop studying, I was a B- student. That struggle really took an emotional toll on me.'

Struggling to cope, they transferred school and graduated with a B+ average.

'Getting all As in my opinion isn't nearly as important as society tells us it is,' they continued.

In fact the Reddit user blames doing so well at school for not preparing them to deal with failing at anything down the line, meaning they had to learn the hard way.  

'Your health and happiness are what's important - no one should ever tell themselves that they're worthless because they're not a 4.0 student - not all of us can be, and I've just realised myself that that's okay,' they concluded.

Stop_pot4to also found life doesn't always go as expected after 'burning out' at private college.

'I dealt with lots of depression and anxiety that led me to stop caring about school. 

Of course good grades help if you want to command a high salary, too. Sophrosynic is a software developer and 'very well paid compared to the industry average in my city'

ThirstyWombat is giving their parents a run for their money, quite literally: 'Engineer at an aerospace company and making more money my first year out of school than both of [my] parents currently make combined'

Then there are those who sound like they're living their dream, such as notconradanker. 'I'm a research scientist with an aerospace materials company. Currently I'm sitting on a plane about to leave for Japan to do some collaborative research. 'It's a good life'

'I actually failed my last class of my undergraduate in biomedical engineering, so I have to re-take that when its offered again to get my degree.

'Remember, life isn't linear and there is no right path or best life.' 

Hidinginplain_sight was a straight A student, but then decided that getting a high-flying job wasn't all that important to them.

'I went to college and discovered my love for doing anything and everything except going to class,' they wrote.

'I live a very happy life, but I'm not in school and don't have an awesome job or anything. 

'No degree, minimal money in the bank, but still happy. 

'Just not where everyone expected me to be in life, and probably a bit of a disappointment to my parents.'

Of course there are plenty of students for whom all the hard work paid off, too.

'In my second year of medical school. I come from a poor family, so I worked two jobs to put myself through undergrad,' told MDfootball2014.

'Got a degree in biochemical engineering. Realised I wanted to work with people more than machines. So here I am now. And I love where I'm at.'

Of course good grades help if you want to command a high salary, too. 

Sophrosynic is a software developer and 'very well paid compared to the industry average in my city'.

While ThirstyWombat is giving their parents a run for their money, quite literally.

'Engineer at an aerospace company and making more money my first year out of school than both of [my] parents currently make combined,' they wrote

Then there are those who are living their dream, like UncleTrustworthy who's now a chemical engineer.

And notconradanker boasted, 'I'm a research scientist with an aerospace materials company. Currently I'm sitting on a plane about to leave for Japan to do some collaborative research.

'It's a good life.'

And then there are those, like bigdumbbears, who are paving the way for our future generations...

'I'm a teacher now, making sure I was the last straight A student.'

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