Published on February 26, 2013 | by alnonlinechsub

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Social media is a journalist’s secret weapon

Ayshia Armani [Photo: Jon Durr]

ALN deputy interactive editor Ayshia Armani. [Jon Durr]

I can’t remember a time when I did not use social media.

Whether it was communicating with friends in school, organising interviews or connecting with the industry elite through a well-thought out tweet or Facebook message.

It seems that I am not alone with an estimated 48 per cent of 18-34 year-olds checking Facebook when they wake up and 28 per cent of those doing so before they have even got out of bed, digital buzz blog reported.

Social media is the latest addiction to take over the world.

Did you know that if Twitter were a country it would be the 12th largest in the world?

What’s even more alarming is the 350 million people that are currently suffering from Facebook addiction, according to The Daily Orange. Yes, social media has definitely made its mark on society and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

Intrusive

Many people like to stay away from social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter because they may find it too intrusive, but as a journalist I have found it invaluable and I can not stress enough how important it is for the modern-day reporter.

From discovering the breaking news story, getting a quote for an article and networking with fellow journalists, industry professionals and PR companies, social media has been priceless.

“Social media is a secret weapon and I urge everyone to hop on board and join the revolution!”

I see the future of journalism relying heavily on social media and we are slowly seeing the transformation already.

Once upon a time it was up to reporters to give the public the first insight into newsworthy events, but its increasingly more likely that the first obtainable explanation of an event will come from a civilian tweeting about what they have seen, updating their Facebook status or capturing the moment on their smartphone and uploading it to YouTube for the world to see.

Does this mean that journalists will be needed less in the future?

No. It means that we have a much larger network in order to communicate to the public and get our stories out there. It makes networking and making contacts so much easier and gives freelance journalists in particular a way to create a name and brand for themselves.

Social media really is a journalist’s secret weapon and I urge everyone to hop on board and join the revolution!

Follow Ayshia on Twitter @AyshiaArmani

 

 

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