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Much has been said about the role of social media as a useful tool for finding sources and contacts, and earlier this week we had a read through BBC's best practice guide to Twitter.

But professional networking platform LinkedIn can also provide an insight into a journalist's beat, and could be particularly useful for business reporting.

In this post from Contently, freelance writer Yael Grauer shares five steps journalists can take to make the most of LinkedIn as a resource for breaking stories and making new contacts.

Grauer gives some examples of published stories sourced from the platform, and offers advice on how journalists can find their own.

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