Twitter's Manager of Journalism and News Shares Top Twitter Tips With #NPRKnight

Jul 15, 2013

With practice, Twitter can be a useful storytelling and reporting tool.
Credit @marksluckie

Updated July 15:

Mark Luckie, Twitter's Manager of Journalism and News, joined #NPRKnight to share his top tips  about using Twitter as a journalist during a Twitter chat  on July 12.

Luckie's many accomplishments to date include work at The Washington Post, the Center for Investigate Reporting, and founding the popular digital journalism blog 10,000 words.

In addition to checking out the useful recap below, don't miss Twitter's best practices for journalists and newsrooms [PDF].

Other participants also picked out their favorite tips from the chat. Check out posts by the LA Times' Stacey Leasca and MediaBistro's Luis Gomez. Have something you want to add? Tweet it with the hashtag #NPRKnight.

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Twitter Chat FAQ

Is this chat required for stations involved in this round of #NPRKnight training?

No -the chat is optional. However, it is one of the tasks in the Twitter contest, and is a good way to interact with your peers on social media.

I'm not in #NPRKnight training - can I join?

Yes! This chat is open to anyone who is using Twitter. We welcome others to join in. Just keep in mind that discussion will focus on using Twitter from the perspective of journalists at NPR member stations.

What is a Twitter Chat?

A Twitter chat is a conversation about a specific topic, usually at a specific time. There are annual chats about everything from web journalism to agriculture. Organizations often use Twitter to hold one-time chats about specific topics, have Q+A's, discuss news series, and much more.

How do I join in?

Twitter chats are organized around specific hashtags. Our hashtag is #NPRKnight. Make sure to include #NPRKnight in all your tweets about the chat before, during and after.

How do I follow a hashtag?

There are several ways to follow a hashtag. (Most of these work from mobile, so you can join from anywhere.)

  • You can search for #NPRKnight on Twitter.
  • Set up a search column on a site such as Tweetdeck or HootSuite.

How do I not annoy my followers when I tweet a lot during a Twitter chat?

Start your tweets with @NPRKnight (or another username) so that only people who follow both you and that user will see the tweets in their feeds. 

Why should I join the chat?

This is a good way to practice and to connect informally with your peers online. You can also use it as a time to ask Luckie or other reporters any questions you may have about using Twitter for journalism.