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.