Tweeting is not a skill that should come out of left-field for journalists that work in radio.
That's a key point that WBUR reporter Curt Nickisch made several times during a recent Twitter chat where he shared thoughts about his use of social media during the Boston Marathon bombings and manhunt, and also in his day-to-day work.
While it does take practice, here are three key ways radio reporters are already ahead of the game on Twitter:
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WBUR's business and technology reporter Curt Nickisch regularly uses Twitter to share links, photos, updates and to keep track of news in Boston and his beat. So, when the Boston Marathon Bombings happened, he was ready to use it as a tool for coverage of the bombings and the manhunts that ensued (along with radio, national coverage, and more).
All right. I got some coffee. I'm good to report for another 25 hours.