Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Just tweet it.

As the semester started here at Colorado State University, I was in the routine of picking up another fresh copy of the updated Associated Press stylebook (2010) and noticed something different in the index:

"Social Media Guidelines"

Now, the Associated Press has updated their how-to bible to include "guidelines" on how to report what you find on the internet, be it Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or other social site.  This only proves the point that real-time internet is a serious source for bloggers and reporters alike.

Although the section states, "Social networks should never be used as a reporting shortcut," it also says that any questions you have that are partially or wholly answered by tweets are not a good source, but, "The tweet might also be worth reporting."

The following video, found on the Reporter Central YouTube Channel, explains briefly how Twitter works, what is important, and how to use related tools to narrow in on a topic:

Particularly, if you are interested in using social media in your reporting, download the TweetDeck application.  You can download TweetDeck here, and be sure to watch the video again.  It explains smart ways to use the advanced features of the program.

If you are not already on social networking sites (and many of you are selective on which to use), join them!  I can admit that I instated a personal boycott of Twitter for nearly a year, but unfortunately I had to succumb and join up.  It's your time to do so as well.

And don't forget, follow me on Twitter @OneManMedia! I'm addicted to my followers now.

1 comment:

  1. What do you guys think? Are you "for" or "against" using Twitter in legitimate reporting?