Steve Buttry, one of North America's leading journalism trainers, is running a Webinar today on Twitter for the American Society of News Editors (in lieu of a face-to-face conference, they're virtually connecting).
I'm one of the many participants who will contribute answers to his main questions. My five Twitter-length thoughts are as so:
1. How has Twitter helped you connect with people in your community? By using hashtags, keywords and search, interested/expert parties find you and can be found. Beautiful connection.
2. How has your staff connected with sources using Twitter? Asking for help, following them, encouraging them to follow, a community is built. No surprise, people will help.
3. How has your staff used Twitter to improve coverage of breaking news? Soliciting eyewitness, expert, basic reaction, the stuff of journalism. Words, pix, video, links, calls ensue.
4. What has been your biggest problem or concern about your staff’s use of Twitter? That they ease off before it takes hold, works. You have to stick to it, accept even Twitterverse takes time.
5. What’s the best other use you have found for Twitter? Finding new research, thinking, contacts about our craft to help my blog and newsroom. Twitter = my new school.