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These are the slides for my presentation on using Twitter for journalism for the Iowa High School Press Association in Iowa City on Oct. 29, 2009. The handout for my workshop is on my blog: ...

These are the slides for my presentation on using Twitter for journalism for the Iowa High School Press Association in Iowa City on Oct. 29, 2009. The handout for my workshop is on my blog: http://bit.ly/SstLO

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  • I’ll ask the students about their own use of Twitter (vs. Facebook, MySpace, YouTube) as well as their peers’ use. Will note that while HS use is less than adults, it’s growing.
  • Twitter use is not widespread among high-school students, so I want to make the point here that it’s a valuable tool, even for reaching audiences not on Twitter
  • I’ll make the point that you can use Twitter in a variety of ways, and that being social is important to engaging a community on Twitter
  • I’ll make the point that sharing links (or promoting links to your blogs, videos or stories) is an important use of Twitter
  • From one day last spring, I will show different ways to use Twitter to follow or report the news
  • Journalists need to maintain good ethics whatever tools they use, so I will raise some ethical issues relating to Twitter use
  • Just because something is on Twitter doesn’t mean it’s true. I’ll stress the importance of verification

Twitter For Ia Hs Press Twitter For Ia Hs Press Presentation Transcript

  • for Journalists
    Steve Buttry, Gazette Communications
    Iowa High School Press Association
    October 29, 2009
    steve.buttry@gazcomm.com
    @stevebuttry on Twitter
  • Twitter use by age
    Chicago Tribune graphic
  • Audiences for Twitter
    Develop followers; they read your tweets
    Use Twitter app on Facebook
    Feed tweets into CoverItLiveliveblog
    Twitter RSS feed for home page, blog
  • What should I tweet about?
    Link to a new blog post, story, video, photo
    Retweet (with a comment) a link from a colleague
    Reply to students’ tweets
    Tweet an unfolding story
    Tweet something insightful or funny
  • Linking with Twitter
    Use compressed links: bit.ly, tinyurl.com, is.gd, tr.im, etc.
    Write a headline or a comment; give tweeps a reason to click
    Credit (RT or via)
  • Examples from one day in Iowa
    Click trends
    Search hashtag #iagaymarriage
    @tdorman from Supreme Court, press conference
    @DM_in_the_PM from rally
    @dianeheldt from court
  • Advice from your peers
    “We are starting to use twitter for getting sources, gaining interest, and getting contacts.”
    Students covering games text scores to Twitter account editor, who posts updates.
    – Sana Bakshi, @thevikingmag, Palo Alto, CA
  • Ethical considerations
    How do you identify yourself?
    Separate personal and journalism Twitter feeds?
    What, if any, opinions are OK?
  • Be careful
    39 percent of teens have posted something they later regretted.
    25 percent of teens have created a profile with a false identity.
    24 percent of teens have hacked into someone else’s social networking account.
    Source: Common Sense Media, 2009 study
  • Wrapping up
    These slides at slideshare.net/stevebuttry
    Follow me on Twitter: @stevebuttry
    The handout for this workshop is on my blog: stevebuttry.wordpress.com
  • Some final advice
    From @mathewi (Globe and Mail):
    Don’t answer, “What are you doing?” Answer, “What am I thinking?”
    And from @stevebuttry:
    “What do I want to know?”
    “What am I reading?”