Twitter as a (mandatory) journalistic tool

Twitter as a Journalistic Tool For class on Tuesday, Jan. 27: After reading Briggs Ch. 4, post a 100-to-150-word comment on this post answering this question: How did the chapter change the way you think about how you use (or don’t use) Twitter as a professional journalistic tool? Be honest and specific. This is worth 5 class participation points and is due no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26.

16 thoughts on “Twitter as a (mandatory) journalistic tool

  1. As a recent Twitter member, I started out only following news outlets and I had no intention of gaining a large following through Twitter. As I read this chapter I realized that I can use Twitter as a tool to report the news I see firsthand, while engaging with other journalists and indulging in news from a variety of different sources. This chapter inspired me to be more proactive in creating a network and using Twitter as a way to connect with people holding my same interests.Briggs noted in the chapter, “Once a journalist starts microblogging, new doors open.” That is exactly what I want to do through Twitter – open new doors for people to experience my work so I can gain feedback and become an even better journalist.

  2. This chapter was extremely interesting because I didn’t know I was a microblogger. The history of the rise of Twitter along with other microblogging sites like Facebook and Tumblr exhibit how crucial microblogging is today. It changed the way I think about how I use Twitter because I only tweet my articles, not others. The chapter states that you get what you give and I only tweet my articles, so I need to start using my profile to promote all news, not just my own. The chapter also talks about reporters using Twitter on mobile phones to give updates and that had a lot to do with my internship in the fall. I would use Tweet deck to see reporter’s tweets and retweet them to the NBC DFW Twitter. The chapter is definitely very useful and describes the basics of microblogging. It showed me that I am active on sites like Twitter, but that I can be more professional with my tweets and gain a following through what I share.

  3. Before reading this chapter on microblogging, I knew that sites like Twitter and Facebook played a significant role in how news is reported today. However, I’ve now realized how much these particular sites are extremely vital. Microblogging not only allows journalists to report the news immediately, but it also helps them learn more about their audience. Twitter is not all about telling your followers what you had for lunch. Now, polls, videos, links, and photos can be published. According to Briggs, it allows “one-to-many communication” as opposed to talking to one person on the phone. Microblogging reaches a massive audience. Now, journalists aren’t contained to just a newsroom.

  4. I thought that the chapter was really interesting to read. I am on twitter, Facebook, and tumblr, but solely for personal use, so it was interesting to think of these platforms in a different light. It is interesting to think about how quickly news can travel on microblogging platforms as well. Something that really caught my attention, was that these platforms can be a useful tool to journalist for sourcing as well. I now see how important these advancements in technology are to the ever changing field of journalism and how important it is for me as a journalist to start taking them more seriously and begin using them as the tool they are.

  5. I don’t think I truly understood the importance of twitter from a journalistic point of you. By reading about how twitter break breaking news, even in court rooms makes me realize how inactive I am on Twitter. Even with a maximum of of 140 characters, Twitter is able to share and inform the latest topics to the public. For example, I had no idea that from Janis Krum’s twitter pic she was able to share one of the most captivating picture of the 2009 famous “Miracle on the Hudson” plane crush.I barely use my twitter for news or even to share my stories, so after reading this chapter I defiantly will make more of an effort.

  6. Since Briggs presents Twitter as a microblog, my prior notions about it have changed. When I first signed up to join Twitter, I did not initially think about it as a way to connect to people outside of my own existing social circles. I would always see how my friends were posting about what they had for lunch or just a funny post. However, with the way that journalism is evolving, news updates and newsworthy posts are always springing up and keeping us informed. It is amazing that even though I am from Colorado and cannot always watch the local news, I can still receive instant updates about local happenings via their Twitter page. Also, it was interesting to learn how often national news corporations use Twitter user-produced content to inform the public. I think people having the power through Twitter to contribute to what’s going on around the country, and even around the world, is a powerful change because not only do you have professional journalists contributing but their contributions are enhanced by the content of citizen journalists. I think it is a great new way to build community and since I see Twitter as a useful journalistic tool now, I will definitely be engaging with my followers in a more meaningful and active way.

  7. I’ve often been told of the importance of Twitter as real-time source. I consume most of my news through Twitter, as I seemingly get the most up-to-date information right to my phone. The only problem I find is the concept of “Publish first, filter later.” With everyone having an opportunity to contribute to the conversation, it takes an educated, seasoned consumer to be able to find the closest thing to the truth that’s available at the time. It is clear, however, that Twitter is here to stay, as Facebook, Instagram, and even Google can’t keep up. I definitely plan on using Twitter more effectively, both to stay on top of news and to further promote my own brand.

  8. I learned in chapter four that I was using Twitter wrong. I never thought of myself as a microblogger; however, it makes sense. Twitter is a useful tool for journalist and I should start using it more professionally to promote myself and discuss other articles I come across on the web. Twitter has changed the pace of the way new is reported. It’s made it even easier to obtain knowledge locally, nationally and internationally. I can use twitter to report news to my followers and gain an audience. Twitter can also be used to talk to potential sources because you’re able to connect to so many people with different experiences.

  9. We live in a society where what we do is shackled to our schedules. In other words, we act according to our notions of time–or a lack thereof. Many people don’t read or watch the news because “I just don’t have time. I’m too busy.” However, now that journalists are accessing Twitter as a microblog, they are making news more accessible to these people. It’s fast-paced, real-time, just like the lives we lead, and condensed. And what’s more, it even allows people to connect with news sources, to create their own news, and gain sources. Maybe Twitter isn’t so annoying, after all!

  10. As someone who makes it a point to steer clear of excessive social media use, this chapter was especially informative on the benefits of social media from a professional standpoint. I have primarily used Twitter as a vehicle to share my own published stories and find interesting news stories. This chapter helped me understand that, as a journalist aspiring to work for a magazine, I must embrace social media platforms like Twitter in order to be a successful journalist. Also, young journalists can reach audiences that they otherwise would not be able to without Twitter by building a following and engaging with their respective communities.

  11. Briggs provides an interesting take on the growth of microblogging, stating that it is the “ease of publishing, combined with the ease of consuming.” As easy as you can shoot out 140 characters about a breaking story, you can follow other people that are reporting the same thing. Another thing I took away from the chapter is that everyone knows what tweeting is, but not a lot of people know the term microblogging. The concept of microblogging is much beyond Twitter, extending to Facebook, Instagram, etc. When I signed up for these accounts, I had not even begun to mine the journalistic potential that these sites posed. The final thought I had about the chapter was that Twitter almost forces you to be a more ethical and responsible journalist. Editors are nearly out of the picture, because you are responsible for breaking the news on your own with no one to check your syntax or fact-check you.

  12. When I started using Twitter is was merely for social purposes, nothing professional. It wasn’t until I started using it as more a tool of knowledge by following news channels and posting about hard hitting stories that I realized it was a great tool for work. I didn’t even realize until I read this book that I was in fact a microblogger. This chapter inspired me to use my Twitter to the best of it’s abilities and expand my professional network. I can do this by following and tweeting stories with others who share a common interest with what I’m passionate about. Twitter is such a great tool for hard-hitting news. It expands beyond local news but allows microbloggers like myself to reach an international level. Twitter is a great way to keep myself and all those interested in what’s going on in the world updated.

  13. Twitter, like all forms of social media, is a tool that I often feel gets used for more narcissism than good. To a middle schooler, social media is a place to flaunt oneself and explore one’s own identity; to adults, even, social media can be simply a place to expel one’s thoughts into cyberspace in the hopes that someone may read them. Briggs’ chapter on Twitter as a tool, therefore, very much refreshed my viewpoint of Twitter as a means to do good. With the opportunity to express oneself to countless others online comes a responsibility as a journalist to use the tool well. I’ve grown excited at the possibilities Twitter may hold; once I connected to news sites, bloggers and public figures, my Twitter feed became far more meaningful. I see now that a fast-paced and often-updated social media site can be a huge asset to us as journalists in our ever-growing tech world, when the demand for information is rushed and urgent at all times. Being able to reach thousands, and communicate information quickly and on the scene, is what makes Twitter a unique and extremely valuable tool. I’m excited to explore Twitter this semester.

  14. The fact that Twitter is a journalistic tool is not a new idea to me. However the idea this chapter discussed regarding it being a place for news organizations to receive their own news was one I had not heard before. Whether they pick up on stories from well-regarded sites, or just from trending hashtags, twitter is a great place for a reporter to find a story. The large amount of streaming and changing information on it creates a constant supply of ideas and opinions for reporters.

  15. I’ve had a Twitter for about five years and I have almost never used it to convey or spread news. Seeing the SXSW example in the reading really made me change my outlook on Twitter. Instead of my usual “can I put sleeping on a resume” tweets, it made me think about how I can use my Twitter to disseminate news and not just trivial facts. Those tweets kept people up to date (or in this case up to the second) on what was going on and which events were occurring where. I do prefer being able to tweet funny and at times inappropriate things that may be NSFW, which is why I created a new Twitter for a professional and news worthy tweets. While I’ll still retweet the @hipstermermaid on my personal account, I’ll keep up with the latest news and recaps of what’s going on in the world on my professional twitter.

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