Twitter list for journalism training resources

Oct 30th, 2009 | By | Category: News

I've posted my   first Twitter List: journalism training.<br>© Matt Jeacock, iStockphoto

I've posted my first Twitter List: journalism training.
© Matt Jeacock, iStockphoto


Earlier this month, I wrote here about Twitter Lists, which went to beta on Thursday. I have started a few. My first is about journalism training. I am planning others. Many Twitter innovations, such as Monitter and Twittervision, did not originate with Twitter itself, but with third parties. Twitter Lists comes from the mother ship.

Twitter Lists are created by people to include accounts by others who tweet about a specific subject or content area. They are easy to assemble and a lot of new ones have been created in just the first couple days the utility has been available. A pre-launch example of what they can do was a Twitter List created by Joe Hall, who posted The Big Beer Twitter List on Oct. 3. He described it as a blogroll for Twitter.

For a long time, I had been using one of my Twitter accounts to follow people who are steps ahead of me on technology. I use them as scouts and limit my list to 40 people. When a list gets too long, I reasoned, it starts to use its utility. That’s how I will handle my Twitter List.

Because so many Tweets now carry links, Twitter has become a sort of connective tissue for the Web, instantly alerting us to developments in areas of interest. Twitter Lists can be used to aggregate those Tweet-links into single-subject bundles. A well-curated Twitter List will give you the top authorities tweeting on a particular subject. There will be no need to hunt around for them.

These are some of the accounts I have put into the journalism training list, and why I am starting with them. I hope you will suggest more by clicking on the byline at the top of this article or the comment link at the bottom.

Twitter Lists appear in the right rail of a user's account

Twitter Lists appear in the right rail of a user's account


There are some obvious ones here: The Poynter Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, the Knight Digital Media Center and Mediabistro. PBSMediaShift is in there for spotting trends, but moreso because it Tweets about where journalists can find lessons to grow.

I am not including journalism schools at this point and plan to start a second Twitter List just for J schools.


Amy Webb, Amy Gahran, Mindy McAdams and Greg Linch are all people who are well ahead of the curve on media technology. They all post about what they are seeing or hearing about, some to greater degrees than others. I think it is wise to follow them, depending on how much they focus their posting on journalism education

I include a relatively new Twitterer, Maya Payne Smart, because I have been very impressed with the way she taught people this week in a Reynolds seminar we co-presented this week on entrepreneurship for businesses. Val Hoeppner of the Freedom Forum’s Diversity Institute taught some great multimedia this summer when I attended the American Indian Journalism Institute and Tweets what she knows.

While I am on the subject of Twitter, a tip of the topper to AP, which has organized its various Twitter feeds with five simple posts that tell us how to find them all and what they do. It is sort of a Twitter index.

The Lists launch means there is some fresh content about how to make better use of Twitter, Lists or otherwise. Here are a few of the most recent and most helpful articles:

Amy Gahran on Twitter lists

Craig Kanallay’s report on Twitter Lists is part of Poynter’s E-media Tidbits.

The Oct. 30, 2009 post on the Twitter blog is helpful, too, and shows you how quickly people have jumped on the List bandwagon.

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