WBUR Reporter Curt Nickisch Shares Twitter Tips

May 2, 2013

Curt Nickisch's first tweet after the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Updated May 14: 

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 radionational coverage, and more).

Nickisch joined us to share tips and tricks on how he uses Twitter as a reporter for an #NPRKnight Twitter chat on May 10.

Find a recap of the chat below:

Twitter Chat FAQ

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

No -the chat is optional, but it is a great way to connect with your peers, ask and answer questions, and to kick off the Twitter scavenger hunt.

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 as a journalist.

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 sites Tweetdeck or HootSuite.
  • Stay in this post and follow the live chat above. However, in order to contribute a question or answer to the chat, you must tweet with the hashtag #NPRKnight

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 Nickisch or other reporters any questions you may have about using Twitter for journalism.