Most of my days consist of waking up at 7 a.m., going to work, racing to my car to go to my afternoon summer class, speeding my way home and changing, then returning back to work for my second shift. I don’t mind my hectic schedule, it keeps me busy and I feel productive at the end of each day. I also don’t feel like I have missed out on much between spending most of my time at work and school because at the end of the day, I can lay in my bed and scroll through all of my social media news feeds.
Since I started college I have found that I get most of my news from Facebook, and I don’t mean my family’s constant updates on their pets. I can tap on the Facebook icon and hop over to Las Vegas Sun’s Facebook page where all of their stories will be loaded onto my screen. Instead of having to search through a news paper, Facebook tells me which stories were popular that day. I can consume a whole day’s worth of news in a little less than 15 minutes. Then I go to bed, feeling very informed and socially active before waking up to another crazy hectic, beautiful day.
Besides using social media to get my news fix, I also use it to keep tabs on my favorite writers. I like to hop on to their Twitters and Instagrams to see what they are working on. As a journalist social media is a highly effective way to keep your readers up to date with your work. Not only does it bring business to your paper but it makes you more valuable of an asset to the paper you’re working for. However, be warned, social media is a double edged sword, it can make you valuable to your company or, depending on what news you choose to share, can make you a liability.
It has happened to all of us, right? You have a bad day and your roommate, family, significant other or what have you is not home to vent to. So, what do you do? You take to social media and begin firing off about your new boss, the guy who cut you off on your way to work, the next door neighbor whose television is always too loud, etc. We’re human, having a bad day once in a while is okay but it’s not okay to post about your bad day all over social media. Sure, typing it out could make you feel better and take a load off your chest but it’s just going to make you look like a crazy person to your family, friends, social media followers and, worst of all, future employers.
Social media can be a huge career driver as long as you always remember the golden rule, guys–post responsibly!