Staying Ahead Thanks to Social Media

Kayla Shults

Social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook make it incredibly simple to stay up on the news. As a web news editor, it is essential to follow blogs and sites that share the news. This gives online writers the ability to see what everyone is talking about. Once they read other posts, these writers can see how they can write about the same topic from another angle.

A “news diet” is necessary for anyone who wants to be current, be able to engage in conversations with others, but may be most important for journalists. I begin my mornings by checking Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see what went on in the world while I was asleep.

By constantly checking social media, web editors can better gauge what the public is interested in learning about. Once they find this, writers will see what information they can find and how they can turn it into a story that will get views.

By following the Twitter feeds of news sources such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and BBC news I feel as though I am able to get different perspectives on the top news stories, as well as a broadcast and written look. I like following more international and nationwide feeds than hyperlocal feeds because it reminds me that there is more than just the news happening in my backyard.

Twitter Feeds

Following more topic specific feeds on Twitter and Facebook such as Rolling Stone, Sugarscape and Glamour magazine is also important for journalists. Not all news is hard or breaking news, and these feeds give insight on what is happening in the music and fashion worlds. This may help a web editor find a different angle to take a story and get new story ideas that the public is interested in.

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These Twitter feeds only give a brief description of a story, but a web editor should concentrate on catching the reader’s attention to bring them to the website or full story.

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