How the #NPRKnight Twitter Scavenger Hunt Contest Works

May 3, 2013

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Twitter can be a great tool for journalists and we believe Twitter is best learned by doing. The purpose of this scavenger hunt contest is simple -- so you can learn the value and best practices of Twitter by actively using it. The contest (and the prizes) is a way to make it fun and  just a tad competitive.

(The guide to all three weeks of social media training can be found here)

Here's how it works:

The #NPRKnight Scavenger Hunt:

1) Tweet at least once during the #NPRKnight Twitter chat with WBUR's Curt Nickisch. Tweet must have #NPRKnight in it.

2) Create a public Twitter list. Tweet a link to it to @NPRKnight. Tweet must have #NPRKnight in it.

3) Tweet a photo from in your newsroom or in the field while reporting. Tweet or Instagram photo should have #NPRKnight in it if possible.

4) Tweet the story idea you find for week 2 of the social media training's assignment. Tweet must have #NPRKnight in it.

5) Tweet a link to a story from another station that is in the #NPRKnight training that you find interesting. Tweet must have #NPRKnight in it. Mention the reporter or station's Twitter handle if possible in your tweet.

Bonus: Tweet a "Curiosity Stimulator" story after attending week 3 of social media training. Tweet must have #NPRKnight in it.

How to Win the Scavenger Hunt:

Yes, there are real prizes for those of you who win the scavenger hunt. A winner will be selected in four categories:

Gold Star Award: The individual who completes the scavenger hunt and is a gold star example of using Twitter in a useful, engaging and smart way to make their work better.

Newcomer Award: An individual who is fairly new to Twitter, completes the scavenger hunt, and exemplifies Twitter's usefulness as a tool for reporting and engagement.

Wildcard Award: An individual who completes all or some of the scavenger hunt and uses Twitter well. This wildcard is wide open to experimental or interesting uses of Twitter in the next three weeks that we may not even have in mind. Go forth and have fun for this one!

Station Award: This award will be rewarded to a station in this #NPRKnight training that has the best overall showing in the scavenger hunt, as judged by the NPR Digital News Trainers.

#NPRKnight Scavenger Hunt Contest FAQ:

But I've Never Used Twitter - Can I Still Do This?

Don't worry -- that's why we are holding this contest. We're here to answer any questions. Email them or tweet them with the hashtag #NPRKnight. Learn some "Twitter 101" tips here.

Can I Use My Station Account to Participate?

No. We are judging by individual accounts. By "individual" we mean the Twitter account that is tied to you specifically, not your station or show account.

I'm Confused About One of the Scavenger Hunt Tasks - What Do I Do?

Email Teresa Gorman at or tweet to #NPRKnight. I'll answer any questions and walk participants through how to complete the task in question.

What Will I Win?

You'll see!

We've had impressive showings in past Twitter contests. These contests had different rules, but you can check out who won here.