Any journalist who hasn’t tried Twitter should re-think their career: New Year convictions

The last of my new year convictions I said Any journalist who hasn’t tried Twitter should re-think their career

A bit of link bait really. I don’t thing that any journalist who doesn’t use Twitter should not be a journalist.

But I do think is that if you have heard of Twitter but haven’t tried it then you should be thinking about what kind of journalist you want to be. Even if you try it and think it’s a complete waste of time.

You could substitute twitter with anything from trying RSS feeds,  Plurk, Qik or starting a blog. Whatever it is you have to engage and you have to engage for yourself.  If you don’t engage, you aren’t punishing your employer, you are limiting yourself.

I’m convinced that if you are journalist who isn’t curious about the web then you you may find yourself seriously limited  as the industry shifts or worse still, not being a journalist for very long.

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6 thoughts on “Any journalist who hasn’t tried Twitter should re-think their career: New Year convictions”

  1. Link bait no doubt — any journalist who hasn’t tried (twitter|facebook|rss|whatevs) is unlikely to be convinced to do so by a blog post telling them they’re not a journalist if they don’t… but, hey, if you change one person just one person’s mind, then you sir have done your job.

    My new year conviction? Write shorter, clearer sentences.

  2. Not sure about the link bait but intertesting just what attitudes people have with the likes of Twitter now.

    Even just a couple of years ago if we were to say to someone ‘you are going to build a network of people, these people will supply you with information and when you need clarification on a matter they may be able to help you’ this would have been considered a contacts book.

    we are working in exactly the same relms as we always have done, just across different platforms, utilising different technologies.

    where you may have had a closed book in the past with hundreds of phone numbers now you have potentially thousands of people from your region constantly feeding through snippets of potential news.

    yes the bulk of this is inane bollox but there will be some gems in there too.

    and the ability to strike up a relationship online is just as important too. this must be seen as a two way interaction not just an exploiting journalist on the take.

    i would also argue that any reporter worth their salt should also have numerous pipes set up on yahoo.

    Dan

  3. Nice post Andy – For me, your key point: “If you don’t engage, you aren’t punishing your employer, you are limiting yourself.”

    Too often reporters think being asked to get involved in the web is being asked to do extra work.

    But the question is how we encourage/convince people these are tools that can potentially help them source more and better stories…

    Suggestions anyone?? @danowen is starting off one of our staffers on twitter and another on pipes. The plan is to then show others the stories/contacts the ‘experiments’ have reaped – no doubt they will be many, if we get the coaching right!

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