Creator Rosaura Ochoa
I believe it’s important for aspiring journalists to have a Twitter account. But you can’t just have an account you need to know how to use Twitter. You need to engage with your followers and you have to decide what kind of profile you want to build.
Yeah, Twitter is a good place for building your brand as a journalist. However, you need to decide how much of your private life you want to share with your followers. Some journalists share more of their private life than others.
Journalists who share private things with their followers think this makes them more human, and it’s easier for their followers to connect with them. I believe this is true but I still think it’s a question of how much you should share.
Here is a funny YouTube video about Twitter.
Now I will look at a few journalist profiles on Twitter.
Starting with Mark Colvin’s profile, who calls himself Colvinius. Mark tweets a lot, and as well as tweeting himself he retweets quite a lot. He regularly engages in conversations with his followers. I feel his Twitter account is really professional and he doesn’t tweet much about his private life.
Next up is Annabel Crabb, who is annabelcrabb on Twitter. She engage with her followers in conversation and she use humour when tweeting. She also arranges meetings with sources of stories on Twitter as well as promoting her own work. She does this by telling her followers what she is working on and when the story is finished she tweet a link to it. I think this is a good way of doing it.