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Social Media for Journalists

Social Media for Journalists

London College of Communication
Taught by
A respected industry expert


The number of followers a journalist has on Twitter or the amount of likes they have on Facebook isn't just about increasing readership, it creates a presence and is an invaluable resource for finding stories and sources.

This course will give you an in-depth understanding of how this rapidly changing medium works- balancing professional and personal feeds, tracking breaking and developing news stories and sourcing leads.

Social media can be a fantastic tool and platform, but when it is used wrong it can cause complicated legal battles and a sharp decline in audience. This course also addresses the legal issues that may arise when searching for stories via social media.

Topics Covered

  • Creating a presence on Twitter and Facebook
  • Building an audience
  • Sourcing stories
  • Covering breaking and developing news
  • Personal versus professional feeds
  • Legal issues

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Have a presence on a variety of social media
  • Source stories on social media
  • Cover breaking and developing news on social media
  • Understand the legal pitfalls of using social media

Who Should Attend
Journalists, editors, writers and anyone else looking to create a presence and cover news on social media.

Beginner: You will need a Twitter and Facebook account.

Follow Up Courses
After you have completed this course you may want to get the most out of your 140 characters with Effective Writing for Journalists or staying out of trouble with Media Law-Keep It Legal.

Customised Training
We also offer bespoke social media courses for groups, individuals and businesses. To find out more, visit our Customised Training page.

Tutor Description

This course will be taught by a respected industry expert.

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