Technology in journalism has come a long way throughout the years. With the recent invention of social media, journalists are presented with several advantages.
It used to be that journalists had to write down all of their notes and then go back to the news room and write their story. Though that is still a common practice, journalists can now use recording devices or tweet directly from the event itself.
Being able to tweet or update your Facebook status about events as they are happening is a major advantage for journalists. They are able to directly connect with their readers and can use others tweets and posts as a topic for their next story. “Twitter is an excellent source for journalists looking for leads,” says Brian Dresher, manager of social media and digital partnerships at USA TODAY, in How Journalists are Using Social Media for Real Results an article by Erika Pryor.
Social Networking allows journalists to reach the younger demographic more effectively. We are tied so closely to our phones, iPods, and computers that social networking is one of our major sources of news.
Erika Pryor also points out that journalists can use social media to contact sources they need for their stories. There are over 400 million people on Facebook. If you are looking of someone there is a good chance that you will find them in your search.
While you are studying to become a journalist take advantage of what social media has to offer. It will get you connected with readers, potential employers, and gives you the chance to reach a large audience.