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Elevate Social Media Storytelling with RebelMouse: A Digital Tools Tutorial

About This Course

RebelMouse is a social web publishing tool that lets you organize your online presence into a social site. You can use it to curate and aggregate breaking news stories, topics, live events and user-generated content. Plus you can embed RebelMouse onto your personal sites or blogs. News organizations can use RebelMouse to cover stories in real time.

RebelMouse can even power your domain. Any RebelMouse site or subpage can be embedded on a news organization's homepage, which can then be toggled to reflect breaking news and live events.

Connect and add posts from several social media networks—including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr, Instagram and RSS. RebelMouse is also compatible with several video platforms, too.

See more tools at Poynter's home for digital tools: Try This! — Tools for Journalism.

Updated: See note from Rebel Mouse team - Free download of Rebel Mouse no longer available

What Will I Learn?

  • How media organizations are using RebelMouse.
  • How to aggregate and curate social media content on the platform.
  • How to embed RebelMouse onto a personal or news organization site or blog.
  • About new features that are in RebelMouse's roadmap.

Who Should Take this Course?

Reporters, editors, social media managers and anyone who wants to quickly build a real-time online social presence.

Course Instructor

Niketa Patel

Niketa Patel oversees news partnerships in the U.S. for Twitter and is based in New York City. Previously, she was director of news and content partnerships at RebelMouse and became managing director of RebelMouse’s Media Lab. She focused on key initiatives with an eye toward content creation, audience development and multi-platform products.

Patel has 12 years of experience in digital journalism and audience development at CNN, ABC News, CBS News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Florida Times-Union and more. She’s also been a long-time member of the Online News Association, Asian American Journalists Association and South Asian Journalists Association.

Her Twitter handle is @Niketa.


The Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change.

Training Partner

American Press Institute

American Press Institute

The American Press Institute conducts research and training, convenes thought leaders and creates tools to help chart a path for journalism in the 21st century. The organization was founded in 1946 with the mission to help the news industry fulfill the purpose of the First Amendment sustaining a free press in the public interest. That mission continues today.

The Institute initially was located at Columbia University’s Journalism School before moving in 1974 to Reston, Va. In early 2012, the Institute merged with the NAA Foundation of the Newspaper Association of America. The NAA Foundation was established in 1963. The new organization has expanded its mission of training through research, convening, digital education, workshops and more.

This $30 course is free thanks to the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Frequently Asked Questions

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See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.

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