The Online Education Database has created a truly comprehensive list of 100 Indispensable Twitter Tips for Journalism Students.
Twitter has an increasingly prominent place in a journalist’s role; Cision’s own UK Social Journalism Study 2012 revealed that about a third of journalists couldn’t do their job without social media and 80% are on Twitter.
Here are seven tips that every journalist should know. For the other 93 check out the complete list.
Remember that journalism ethics apply on Twitter, too.
Because Twitter is a social media tool, many have a tendency to treat it differently than other forms of media. In reality, the same rules that apply for any other form of traditional media should apply on Twitter as well, so don’t tweet things without verification or make assumptions.
Separate your personal and professional identities.
When setting up a Twitter account, it’s usually a good idea to set up two accounts: one to use personally and one to use professionally. That way, you can enjoy joking around with your friends without worrying that it will harm your professional reputation.
Use proper grammar and spelling.
It should go without saying that proper grammar and spelling are important, but in the casual world of social media sometimes it can be easy to forget.
Keep tweets short so they’re sharable.
If possible, try to keep your tweets under 140 characters so that there’s room for others to share and comment.
Don’t just tweet links to your own work.
While your Twitter account can be a great way to direct readers to your own work, it shouldn’t be the only thing you use it for. Instead, balance out links to your projects with links that you find interesting, savvy commentary, or conversations with colleagues and friends.
Choose quality over quantity.
When it comes to following people on Twitter, quality always trumps quantity. Choose feeds that will actually be beneficial to you to follow, so you don’t waste your time reading or managing tweets that aren’t of value.
Remember, tweets are forever public.
Remind yourself of that before you tweet something. Is it something you’d like on public record? If not, don’t tweet it.