Social Media for Journalists: My Top 10 List

Posted: April 7, 2011 in Week #11

10. Not only can LinkedIn connect you with people in your industry, expertise, or passion, it literally can help establish “connections” with professionals that can affect your career trajectory.

9. Of all the social media platforms, Facebook is the most helpful when taking an online course. Creating a class group (such as a our Journ65 group) is a great way to stay connected with classmates and the professor.

8. Advertising a “work-in-progress” blog [such as this one] on Twitter, no matter how big or small the posting, is the key to improving “traffic” and getting feedback/input from the general public.

7. Finding a great WordPress theme can enhance the look and feel of your blog. Do you like mine?

6. Attending your professor’s office hour can greatly benefit the content of your blog. Even when taking an online course, take advance of face to face interaction whenever possible.

5. Over the past 11 weeks I’ve gained a great deal of inspiration from reading my fellow classmate’s blogs. My advice would be to read everything you can get your hands on, and especially to leave them comments with constructive criticism. One of the most important pieces of advice I’ve been given came from another student: “Give HTML codes a try because it will make your blog standout from the rest.”

4. Think outside the box: for example, if you have questions that needs immediate attention, take them to one of the many search engines like Yahoo Answers, Wiki Answers, LinkedIn Answer, and especially YouTube.

3. Time management is critical when taking an online course. Just because the class happens to focus on social media, one still has to be diligent on a daily basis to read, write, and especially log your every step. Regardless if you’re a “citizen journalist,” or just a blogger, it is still important to think and act like an old school journalist.

2. When mixing social media with filmmaking, one can become a “citizen filmmaker.” When you mix social media with journalism, you can become a “citizen journalist.” When you mix social media with curation, you can become a “super journalist.”

1. Taking Social Media for Journalists was the smartest move of my college career. Just read through my last 17 blogs and you’ll understand why.


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