Tomorrow, Joy Mayer will come back to class and lead a discussion about social media and how it’s being used (and sometimes misused) by journalists. Could be you’re not getting the most out of Twitter in particular, or that fear of a humiliating misstep has kept you on the sidelines of the Twittersphere.
Read two things: This cool thing that Jessica Hische created called, “Mom, this is how Twitter works” and this excellent piece by Mallary Jean Tenore for Poynter called “10 Ways Journalists Can Use Twitter Before, During and After Reporting a Story.”
They’re both quick reads. And even if you’re already a Twitter pro, you will likely find them fun and thought-provoking.
Also, have a look at Anthony De Rosa’s “Social Media Cheat Sheet,” which casts a wider net and is open to the public to build upon. This document is full of tips on all kinds of social media and how people in news can use them to produce better journalism.
What do you love/hate about the way journalists use social media? What have you learned through your own trial and error that has helped you develop confidence about using social media in journalism?