From toppling dictators in the Middle East to complaining about bad replacement referees in the NFL, Twitter has become an indispensable source of breaking news and collective conversation. It is an essential tool for journalists seeking to stay aware of what is going on and to share their stories with the widest possible audience. This session will cover some strategies for reporters seeking to use Twitter to cultivate sources, cover a live event or breaking news, establish themselves as a go-to source of information on their beat, uncover good story ideas, interact with readers, and promote their work.
Social media guru Carrie Brown-Smith of the University of Memphis conducts this hands-on social media workshop.
Or if you’ve been hoping to get more active with mobile, check out the session on “Making the Most of Your Smartphone.” You’ll learn the basics of how to use hand-held devices as a journalistic tool. With the help of social media, apps and some gear, you’ll immerse yourself in the best practices for reporting, editing and sharing stories to any media platform with your smart phone.
Chair of SPJ’s Professional Development Committee and trainer for the Society’s traveling Journalism Training Program Deb Wenger conducts this training session.