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Such a twit June 13, 2009

Posted by Matt Domm in journalism, Online, Twitter.
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I am someone who – perhaps due to my journalist instincts… – likes to stay on top of trends and technology. At the same time, however, I am not someone who will jump on a bandwagon just to be part of the ‘in’ crowd. This is particularly true when it comes to celebrities – to put it as nicely as I can, I don’t give a shit what most of them have to say, and I care less what they are doing every hour of the day.

The bandwagon I am talking about is Twitter, and I didn’t sign up to it until just recently – after I started researching what on earth I can do with my career. The way I looked at it was if I wanted to know what my friends were up to, I’d ask – using my phone. Of course, in trying to get on top of journalism, I’ve realised it is so much more than a ‘status update’ and I must tap in to every market I can to (hopefully) get my break. That means as well as sending out CVs and applying for work placements, I must fill my contacts book and get my name out there (wherever “there” is). And Twitter seems to be leading the way in this respect.

I feel like a twit (excuse me) for not doing it before, but I have finally bitten the bullet and signed up to see what I can discover. Articles like this one from Paul Bradshaw advise how to use Twitter to your advantage in this profession – advice which I will take my time to try out, and perhaps discuss how I got on in the next week or so.

An interesting series was recently run on Fleet Street Blues, by Freelance Unbound and one post in particular caught my attention. He discusses how important it is to have fingers in every pie, so to speak, and I am working hard to keep abreast of everything in the journalism world. My course has taught me how to write news and features, how to sub and lay out copy, how to produce magazines and also how to blog, social bookmark and write online – but it is up to me to continue using the skills I have picked up and, crucially, continue to learn by myself. Which is what I am doing by joining Twitter.

Right now I don’t know whether I’ll be freelancing, a staff writer or doing placements until a paid opportunity arises, but I am certain that the more I know, and the more people I know, the more likely I will be to get my break. At least that’s my logical brain talking.

If anyone has had any success in journalism thanks to Twitter please leave a comment – and I will update my blog if I get anywhere with the advice I’ve found.

Oh… mattdjourno – if you want to ‘tweet’ me. See, nothing to it, really.