As a former technology writer for Wired magazine, Alexandra Chang was embedded into the community of San Francisco, which is considered one of the largest (if not the largest) technology hotspots in the world. Now a current freelance writer living in Ithaca, she brought her expertise to Ithaca College to talk to journalism students about how social media can be used as a beneficial tool.
With topics like mobile-reporting, social media apps, and wearable technology being covered by the former west-coast journalist, students were able to gather information that could help them write stories with new technology in mind from a journalist that has previously used them to polish off her own stories.
Here are some of those tips:
- Be professional but know that personal and professional social media lives are inseparable.
- Make sure that your voice is consistent to the person you want to be conceived on social media as.
- Engage in conversation with important and relevant people.
- Follow less rather then following more.
- Arguments on social media are pointless and exhausting, best course is usually to ignore.
- Linked-in and Twitter can be used to follow up with potential sources. Contact information can be found directly from Linked-in.
- If you are filming, use a third party app to avoid technology hiccups from stock camera widgets.
- Reporting on your phone is doable and sometimes a more seamless experience then sitting at a desk.
- Be aware of new uses for wearable technologies in journalism, it may be used as a consistent journalistic tool in the future.
- When it comes to reporting, face to face is just as important as its always been.