Most leaders of the American Society of News Editors are not active Twitter users.
|I”ll be helping ASNE”s virtual convention
Updated to add @carolynwashburn to list of Twittering editors. I’m pleased that the American Society of Newspaper Editors is proceeding with a virtual convention. I suggested such an alternative in a post I wrote Feb. 27, the day ASNE canceled its Chicago convention scheduled for late April.
I wasn’t at all surprised to find that my Journal Register (and former TBD) colleague Jim Brady is the most active ASNE board member on Twitter, with more than 4,000 tweets and more than 5,000 followers. Of course, Jim is a digital journalism leader, rather than leader of a newspaper newsroom.
Amanda Bennett of Bloomberg News has been active the last month or so, with nearly all of her 48 tweets coming since June 29.
St. Petersburg Times Editor Neil Brown is finally getting his Twitter feet wet, with seven of his 12 tweets coming in July.
Some of the ASNE board’s most active Twitter users are academics, rather than newsroom leaders. Chris Callahan, dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, has tweeted only three times as @deancallahan, but is the regular voice of @Cronkite_ASU. That account has nearly 6,000 followers and more than 1,000 tweets.
Melanie Sill (mentioned earlier in this post), former editor of the Sacramento Bee and now an executive in residence at the University of Southern California, has tweeted more than 900 times and has nearly 600 followers.
|“||“Boys on the bus” #Pac-12 version: @NeonTommy sends #USC “superfan” to cover media day but he finds it’s not much fun. http://www.neontommy.com/news/2011/07/psycho-fan-crashes-pac-12-media-day#.Tjbg46AUWsU.tweet|
|APME board members still not engaging much on Twitter
January 24, 2010 by Steve Buttry I was delighted to read the news in a tweet from Carole Tarrant this morning: All APME board members are on Twitter now. Tarrant, editor of the Roanoke Times, was tweeting from an APME board meeting and reported: We just surveyed which #apme board members are on Facebook and Twitter.
I have written frequently on my blog with advice for newsroom leaders on using Twitter, and have led webinars and workshops on the topic. The resources below, including one from John Robinson for ASNE members, might be helpful for those editors who know it’s way past time to make the leap. Keep in mind, some of them are from last year or even 2009, so they are a bit dated.
|Leading your staff into the Twitterverse
I’ll be leading a webinar for the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Leading your staff into the Twitterverse. This is the tip sheet I will suggest that editors read after the seminar. While this is geared for top newsroom leaders, some of the advice should be helpful to any journalists who are not experienced with Twitter.
|Twitter for newsroom leaders
February 14, 2010 by Steve Buttry Here is the one-page handout I gave newsroom leaders Saturday at a workshop on Twitter for newsroom leaders at the Mid-America Press Institute. I referred participants to my slides for the workshop as well as to my earlier blog posts on leading your staff into the Twitterverse, Twitter time management, Twitter tips for journalists and Twitter’s value in breaking news.
|A quick start guide to Twitter for ASNE members
A quick start guide to Twitter for ASNE members John Robinson, editor of the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C, is a big proponent of Twitter for editors. “(I)f you’re not on Twitter, you’re making your job more difficult,” he says in an introduction to the quick start guide he wrote for fellow ASNE members.
|ASNE offers good advice on social media, but too much fear and not really “best practices”
Update: I’ve added a response from Pam Fine, co-chair of the ASNE Ethics Committee at the end. Editors are starting to accept social tools and understand their importance. But they remain afraid of social media. Their need to control remains an impediment to innovation.
|The Buttry version of social media best practices for editors
May 13, 2011 by Steve Buttry Yesterday I criticized ASNE’s report on best practices in social media. Today I’m going to take a positive approach, suggesting alternatives. Here are my 10 best practices for social media (written for newsroom leaders; the list would vary for other journalists): Update: First suggestions for 10 & beyond, from Angie Muhs on Twitter: I would suggest “Be human” for #10.