Facebook, Tumblr and Instragram all have their purposes for college writers, but let’s face it, Twitter is the social tool that any modern journalism student must master if she or he wants to earn their living in a newsroom.
Nobel-prize winning author William Faulkner once advised young writers to read as much as possible, “Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write.”
That advice might well be applied to learning how to master your Twitter account.
The folks below (in no particular order) may not be “masters” of the craft, but they do have their fingers on the pulse of modern journalism. Following them should help you raise your Twitter game significantly.
Bio: “I teach journalism at NYU, direct the Studio 20 program there, critique the press and try to grok new media. I don’t do lifecasting but mindcasting on Twitter.”
Skinny: Rosen tweets frequently, sends lots of @ replies and is fascinated by the transition from traditional newsrooms to digital new media newsrooms.
Bio: “The Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University: Trying to figure out the future of news.”
Skinny: Trends, developments and a eagle eye on news media across the nation – if you like the inside scoop on who, what and where, Nieman is essential.
Bio: “Senior strategist at NPR. Online community organizer since 1994. Former director of the Digital Divide Network. Writer. Photographer. Dad.”
Skinny: WARNING – Carvin tweets A LOT. But no one rides the cutting edge of new media and social like he does, honest, open and brave.
Bio: School for journalism & democracy, with tweets by @juliemmoos, @myersnews, @mallarytenore, @jeffsonderman
Skinny: Like Nieman, Poynter focuses on happenings within journalism, but uncovers fascinating stories in the process. Mix of voices keeps the feed lively.
Bio: “The essential style guide for journalists. Ask the Editor remains the best place to take specific style questions: bit.ly/14CdnW”
Skinny: Writing properly helps you write well. Solid knowledge of AP style will please every editor you work for. The parody account, @FakeAPStylebook is pretty great, too.
NYTimes The Lede
Bio: “New York Times bloggers remix the news on national and international events.”
Skinny: Inventive feed that broadcasts the stable of NYT bloggers and their take on stories from across the globe – a look at how journalists look at top news stories.
Bio: “The Journalist’s Toolbox from SPJ: Links and resources for reporters, editors, academics. Created by Mike Reilley, instructor @ DePaul University.”
Skinny: Journalism professor aggregates important news and trends – take a look at who the Toolbox is following for a deeper dive into journalism influencers.
Journalism Jobs (aka Journalism.co.uk)
Bio: “Journalism, editorial, PR, and media sales vacancies. DM us to advertise”
Skinny: The most immediate journalism classified page, from across the planet. After all, you are getting that degree so you’ll get hired, right?
Bio: “Feeding the buzz and such. Tweets by @_mikehayes”
Skinny: The template for social journalism, Buzzfeed is fast and funny and creates content optimized for the social web. Watch them very carefully and you will go far.
What’s your recommendation for #10? Is there a journalism-focused account you think every student should follow? Let us know in the comments and we’ll pass it along.
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