How to get verified on Twitter as a Journalist

Twitter verification procedure varies depending on the category you belong to. Some categories do not require a high follow count e.g. Sports/Gaming or Journalists. While other categories like influencers and content creators require  top .05% of mentions or follower count in their geographic region. Twitter verifies seven categories of notable people listed below:

Government

News organizations or Journalist

Companies, brands and organizations

Entertainment

Sports and gaming

Activists and organizers

Content creators and other influential individuals

For Journalists and individuals in news, you stand a chance to be verified if you work for news organization with a verified Twitter handle. To get a verification badge, follow the steps below.

  1. HAVE A ACTIVE ACCOUNT: According to Twitter, an active Twitter account must be COMPLETE with a profile name, recognizable profile photo and confirmed email address or phone number. An active account must adhere to Twitter rules and regulations and be at least six months old.
  2. UPDATE BIO:  Your account must @mention the verified handle of your employer. (Your employer must have a Verified account). Also link  the official URL of the qualifying organization in your Twitter profile.
  3. WEBSITE REFERENCE: Your Twitter handle or registered email address must be listed on the official company website.
  4. MUCKRACK: Having a verified Muckrack account helps Journalists get verified easily on Twitter as both websites are linked. However, this is not a compulsory step.
  5. APPLY FOR VERIFICATION: Go to settings and privacy under your Twitter profile, Under Settings, click “Your account”, then click “Account Information“.  When your account information is displayed, click “Verification request“. It will take you to a prompt page with “Start Verification”. Select the “News organisation or journalist” category. Select the account type that best suits you as a journalist e.g freelance. Confirm the eligibility of your news organisation by entering the Twitter handle then click “Yes, it’s complete”. Provide links to your work and submit.

Twitter will verify and notify you within 24 hours if you meet all the requirements. Note that failed verification attempts will reduce the chances of your verification requests being processed fast. Apply when you are qualified and ready.

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