Twitter For Ia Hs Press


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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:

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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

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