This topic is very important to me because not only does it have to deal with my future as a journalist and aspiring TV personality host but it gives everyone a chance to know what’s going on in the world today. With top news story headlines being tweeted and posted on facebook, it allows for the younger generation (who normally don’t pay attention to them) to read a little of what is going on in the world outside of their enclosed home. I am a huge advocate for displaying news on social media sites because it gives kids a chance to understand what is going on in the world. Less and less people are watching the news and an even smaller amount are reading newspapers, it’s just not the same anymore. Everyone is much more interested on who Kim Kardashian will marry next or why Justin Bieber is still going out with Selena Gomez. All of the latest buzz can be found on many social media sites, however an occasional news story will be posted amongst the celebrity gossip that will strike as interesting because “it’s on my twitter,” therefore it must be interesting. Journalist who post their ledes to an article on their facebook or twitter account will be more likely to have wider range of viewers.
The biggest example of a journalistic use recently would definitely have to be KONY 2012. Kony 2012 is about the child soldiers in Africa and a mans hope to save them and capture the leader of it all, Joseph Kony. For months this was all media outlet could talk tweet and post about. Through social media outlets the creator of this awareness was able to reach millions of people. Breaking news such as this really spreads like wildfire in social media outlets.
Everyone knows that the style of writing on the web is much different then writing for the New York Times. Unfortunately not all journalists can have the opportunity to write for such a well known newspaper. In displaying stories through social media site you want to come across as professional. Through twitter and facebook everyone tends to use texting style writing (spelling u instead of you, things like that) this may not be the best thing to do when trying to get your story read by others. Even though you are on a social media site doesn’t mean you have to completely adapt to the majority. It’s very important to remember that you are still a professional and must act like one.
Writing professionally will allow you to gain respect from other professionals in the social media world. Another thing that is very important is that you never use your personal media sites as a business site. You always want to create a separate facebook or twitter account for the professional side. It’s not a good thing if people read your articles associated to the Review Journal and then they see a picture of you doing a keg stand at a party. Not only does it look bad on your part but it sometimes it might damage the reputation of the company you work for.
Being smart while on different social media sites is a must especially for a professional journalists. Different media sites may be a gift from heavens or just a major curse. If you use it smartly and to your advantage you will be fine maybe even successful!