As we are currently in the digital age, everyone seems to be more connected with each other through social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter etc. Well, I for one have always been a social media addict as I feel disconnected from the world when I have a lack of internet and find it hard to not spend hours upon hours before bed scrolling through memes that come up on my newsfeed as I tell myself a constant lie that “I will go to bed soon”.
As everyone who reads this blog surely knows that I go to university to study Media and Communications: Journalism and that is where this all started…
Day 1 of Journalism in Practice seminars offered me a window into how it would ruin my whole social media experience…
“You are all using Twitter wrong” – Ross Hawkes
How can you use Twitter wrong? – That’s a good question and it’s the same naive question I asked myself when he said that.
Basically, we need to use lists on Twitter to find leads for stories and obviously with production days here and having two deadlines a week, you can best believe that I have monitored lists that’re attached to any news outlet in the west midlands and now… I can’t stop!
Every time I go on Twitter I automatically check for leads… I have become some sort of Journalist robot.
“You always need to have your Journalism brain switched on” – Ross Hawkes
Yes, this has been the best advice anyone has ever given me when getting through production days… but what happens when they’re over? How do I switch off and relax for a bit?
There are some people in the class who don’t seem to be as bothered about the leads and sometimes can’t seem to find any, whereas I have had a few occasions where I have had multiple events in one day and obviously I can’t cover them all.
It hurts my head.
I just want a good nights sleep. And a hot chocolate. Don’t skip out on the whipped cream either.