I did a workshop about Twitter today for some of the journalists I work with at the Globe and Mail, and uploaded it to our internal wiki — and then I figured I might as well upload it to Slideshare so others could see it as well. I’ve embedded it in this post (click through if you’re reading via RSS) and you are free to share it or download it as you wish. I took a couple of slides out that had Globe-related traffic data in them — traffic pushed to stories by Twitter — but other than that it’s as I gave it (without my witty commentary, of course). I’m happy to say that while there was a range of knowledge in the room when it came to Twitter and social media, from a general familiarity to virtual nothing at all, I detected a lot of openness to the idea of using such tools to connect with readers in different ways.

I tried to make a number of points in the workshop, among them that Twitter is extremely simple to use (so why not give it a shot); that yes, it has a silly name, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be useful or valuable (Google had a silly name at one point too); that it is a great way of a) reaching out to and connecting with users, b) promoting our stories and c) finding sources for stories (otherwise known as “real people”); and that there are a number of tools that can make it even more useful (Tweetdeck, etc.). I also noted that you really only get out of it what you are prepared to put into it, and that the experience depends a lot on whom you choose to follow. And just to drive the point about promoting our stories home, I noted that our most-read story ever racked up a lot of those views because of Twitter.

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67 Responses to “Twitter: A workshop for journalists”
  1. This is awesome! thanks for the post.

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  3. interesting reading twitter for journalist slideshow shttp://www.mathewingram.com/work/2009/04/01/twitter-a-workshop-for-journalists/

  4. I've heard a lot about twitter but what concerns me is a post I read about the said social networking site causing link bomb or some sort. When people use it to link to their own websites or business, the problem starts to settle it. Other than that, other issues of use can be great for me.

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    i like: Twitter: A workshop for journalists [link to post]. points: simple to use, connects journos w/readers, ignore silly name.

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    RT @robinlloyd99: Twitter: A workshop for journalists [link to post].

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  7. Nice Twitter-advice… Twitter IS fun to use, and CAN be very valuable. Overall, good presentation.

  8. Quality. Thanks. I'm a fellow Torontonian, living and twittering from Louisville,KY and have been trying to “explain” Twitter to my 2 adult daughters and mostly getting confused frowns….

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    A workshop for journalists [link to post] about Twitter…great info

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  10. Hey mathew. Not sure if this is answered somewhere in your twitter feed or in the comments, but what IS the most-read story ever at the globe?
    Richard B.

    • Well, as of a few weeks ago it's the “There Will Be Blood” story featuring the interview with Niall Ferguson

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    @marciamarcia , @LyndaIowa, I found this to be a good article on Twitter for Journalists [link to post]

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