Basically Everything Is Wrong With The Bathrooms at Sochi (Storify)

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Twitter is now one of the most important resources for journalists. Often stories can go viral on twitter before they get coverage from the major media. Twitter is a platform that allows for official quotes, almost like a 250 character press conference.

The Sochi Olympics is one of the most buzzed about events and is a constant trend on twitter. But unfortunately it’s not only the Olympic coverage that has gained traction. Many people had negative experiences with their hotels at the Olympics, and some (especially journalists) posted their stories. Therefore, many of the Olympics problems have been thrust into the spotlight.

Information can be given to a worldwide audience instantly and anyone can be a publisher. Storify offers a unique and easy way to sort through social media information and create a collage telling a cohesive story.

Storify provides an easy to use medium for collecting and publishing social media information. The layout is clean and allows for captions. Through twitter, Storify allows the collection of information straight from the source. There is a good reason popular websites such as Buzzfeed cover stories like Sochiproblems using the Storify format.

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Social Media: Keep It Classy

Social Media is now an integral part of every major news organization. On nearly every online newspaper or news video, there is a comment section. Users can discuss what they read/watched and editors and authors can give comments. Blogs and twitter are also an important source of newsgathering. It would be hard pressed to find a journalist without a twitter account.

Twitter and other social media allow accessible breaking news and offer unique opportunities to engage with the public. However, social media can  be a destructive force leading to widespread misinformation and inappropriate comments. Many news organizations now provide strict rules for their employees limiting them for commenting or displaying any personal opinions.

By following this set of guidelines, journalists should be able to use social media to its fullest potential.

  • Interact and Engage.

Be social on social media. This does not mean start a conversation with everyone, but if something interests you and you want to know more or have something relevant to say, SAY IT. Not only does it market you as a knowledgeable person and a good writer, it also can lead into an great exchange of information.

  • Reach Out.

People like being involved. If you need sources, social media can be an effective way to obtain them. Just ask Jason DeRusha.

  • Link, Link, Link.

If you saw something that interested you and would interest your viewers, show them. Simple as that. Also, retweet retweet retweet.

  • Think before you post.

Anytime you write something, think to yourself:

Is all my information correct?

Who will see this?

Am I offending anybody?

What will be the Consequences of this post.

Am I drunk? (If your answer is “Yes”, definitely don’t post it!)

Remember: No posts you make can really be deleted. There is always a Cache.

  • Don’t Respond to Trolls.

Attention seeking behavior should not be reinforced. Leave them be. Delete or report the comments if necessary.

  • Be Transparent (not literally).

Let the readers know your affiliations and opinions. Don’t blur the line between facts and ideas. Admit when you are wrong.

  • Don’t Be Stupid

New York Times editor, Liz Heron, said it best.

For some examples of what not to do, check out here, herehere and here.