Forward: Brian Stelter is the senior media correspondent at CNN. Mr. Stelter is also the host of CNN’s Reliable. Mr. Stelter is a former New York-Times reporter, and author of the New York-Times best seller; Top of the Morning.
Q and A:
Q: “What was your initial reaction to journalism’s merger with social media?”
A: “It’s mostly positive, slightly negative. Social media gives us new ways to interact with our audience.
Q: “How has your career benefited from social media?’
A: “Absolutely, social networking sites help me find sources, spot breaking news stories, trends, and talking with my audience.”
Q: “Who or what inspired you to become a journalist and what continues to inspire you?”
A: “I don’t know, I’ve wanted to be a journalist ever since I was a kid”
Q: What is your preferred method of social media, in regards to journalism and why?”
A: “Twitter is the most useful for my best, because lots of other reporters are on it.”
Q: “What has influenced your reporting the most?”
A: “I dunno, but I cover the media and there’s no shortage of stories to write about how the media is changing. That motivates me.”
Over the weekend I contacted Mr. Stelter about an assignment my classmates and I received in our journalism class; at Towson University, MD. The assignment involved engaging in a Q and A session with a professional journalist we could find on Twitter. We could contact them via phone, email or Twitter. Mr. Stelter was kind enough to answer my questions over a Twitter discussion. I deeply appreciate the valuable insight provided by Mr. Stelter.
During my digital trek, I skimmed and read through many great stories, offering advice on how to use social media as a journalist. Or the articles referred to social media’s potential advantages within journalism.
But none of them gave me the step by step guidelines I hoped for, until I came across Grant Marek of ragan.com. Marek’s article, How Journalists Use Twitter gave me detailed and systematic guidelines to using Twitter as a Journalist. They are: 1.) Tweeting-not just from your personal page, 2.) Geo-targeted searches, 3.) Hashtag Crawling, 4.) Liking someone’s tweets until the follow you back and 5.) Responding to @ replies.
These five steps are essential to navigating and using Twitter as a viable source of information. Not just as a journalist but also as a consumer.
1.) “Going into their NATO summit in Wales today, Western leaders are focusing on a failed policy in Ukraine.”-Oren Porell (USA Today) This news-lead introduces the who, the what, and the where. But I’m left with a few questions that I want answered and it forces me to read more.
2.) “It took a little longer than expected, but Micheal Sam is grateful for a chance to find a professional home in his home state.” -Eric Prisbell (USA Today) It introduces a prominent figure in society with a human interest story attached. I want to know where, why, what and how.
3.) “Welcome Back Tigers!”- Paige Whipple (Tower-Light) The who are the Towson University students, the where is Towson University, the why; is that we are returning from summer break. It’s a simple, short and sweet welcome back to good old TU. It makes you look forward to a great new year filled with promise.
4.) “Martha Kummer first came to Towson in 1971, when she was encouraged by the chair of the Political Science Department to apply for a job.” Readers are given who, when, what, and where.” – Cody Boteler (Tower-Light) I’m left curious as to how and why.
5.) “Marin Cilic defeated Kei Nishikori, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3, at the United States Open on Monday night to win his first Grand Slam Title.”- Christopher Clarey (New York-Times) It identifies who, what, when and where. But I must keep reading to discover how and why.