Social Media Run-Down

Session: How to be an Alternative Web Editor

Monitoring web content and social media has never been on the top of my list as a job prospect. I deeply grasp and appreciate the power of social media and how it is revolutionizing the way we share and curate news and information. While I am much happier producing the content, rather than pushing it out to an audience, that doesn’t mean I don’t have to understand the technique of using social media and the web to their fullest advantage.

I attended the session “How to be an Alternative Web Editor”, led by Devin Desjarlais a former web editor at the Village Voice, hoping to learn more about editing web content and incorporating the use of tools like Twitter and social media. While many interesting points were presented, I found many of the tips were relatively self-explanatory, such as avoiding misspellings in Facebook statuses and engaging with followers on Twitter. One aspect that was mentioned that we have not explored, as a staff, is the use of social bookmarking to connect with the audience. Desjarlais mentioned Reddit, in particular, but I still don’t clearly understand how social bookmarking serves to encourage readership, an angle I would have liked Devin to explore in more depth.

-Caitlin O’Donnell


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