It is very important to realize that Twitter can work for anyone when used in the right way. Whether you are a writer, a designer, a marketer or an ambitious journalist, there is always a specific path for you to follow on Twitter in order to promote your work and meet potential customers.
For today’s post, I will be sharing with you 5 great Twitter tips for journalists.
I will begin by stating the variety of purposes journalists can use Twitter for:
- Monitor activities and discussions of people in your community.
- Connect with people who will provide you with helpful tips and information.
- Connect with colleagues and share ideas with them or get ideas from them.
- Crowd source stories by asking the community for story ideas or information.
- Quickly find people who witnessed or experienced news worthy events.
- Break stories quickly.
- Provide live coverage of news events.
- Drive traffic to your website or blog.
- Report a story by text message using Twitter in disaster situations when you can’t transmit data.
- Improve your writing as you learn to make points directly in just 140 characters.
So how can you, as a journalist, make use of Twitter effectively?
- Organize and manage your Twitter account by selecting an application to work with throughout the day such as Hootsuite.
- Find local tweeps through Twitter’s advanced search feature or by using other tools such as TwitterLocal.net, NearbyTweets, Localtweeps or various iPhone apps, such as Twinkle and Tweetie.
- Follow breaking stories in real time through Twitterfall. Create a custom search to follow topics you specify — and save them for later retrieval. Type in an address into the geolocation panel to see what people are discussing in that area.
- Find a resource – such as @helpareporter – and follow him/her to be connected to other journalists with more news sources.
- Report on location using Twitter based software such as Twitcam which is a new service that combines the simplicity of Twitter with the ability to stream live video, thanks to a partnership with Livestream. You could report live from the scene of a speech, a ﬁre, a protest or another breaking news event.
Hope you found these tips valuable!
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