Expanding my social media presence with JRN 320

Social media has been something I have been a part of since I was 15 years old. It’s always been a part of my life. However, in those years I realized its quite hard for someone to “go viral.”

I’ve learned quite a bit about the usefulness of social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. in the recent years since I came into college. After working a job as a social media manager for

My Twitter analytics for this semester so far/screenshot by Maddy Marcus
My Twitter analytics for this semester so far/screenshot by Maddy Marcus

a successful company and interning at a public relations firm, I definitely was able to find my way around better than ever before. After joining The Independent, I saw how important sharing stories on social media can be for a journalist in today’s online world. It helps you get known in the world, it helps by putting a you out there. Social media also helps stories get views, which in turn, benefits the publication a journalist is working for.

To be completely honest, when I took JRN 320, I already knew a lot about social media from my own experiences and research. Nothing really changed for me. I still use Facebook the least out of all social media websites and I only grew by a few followers on Twitter.  I try to tweet more about world events, show reviews, stories I’ve written and my general opinion on news rather than use it for a personal account like I have in the past.

I can say, however, that I did start sharing stories that I wrote or produced at The Independent or in class a lot more than I did in previous semesters. I have also gained back that edge to fix up my own personal wordpress blog that has been in the making for a few years now.

So in a sense,  I’m not sure if anyone can ever stop learning about the most efficient ways of using social media. The Internet is constantly changing, so we as journalists must do the same.

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