One of the first stories I wrote for Poynter.org was about Twitter. At the time — September 2007 — The New York Times had about 400 followers. Now it has nearly 30 million. After I wrote the story, I got emails and Facebook messages from journalists who said I was promoting a tool that would never have journalistic implications.
A lot has changed since then.
As Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope, a nonprofit that shows how the media can be a force for good, I use Twitter every day and frequently write about the media’s use of it. I also teach about it as a social media consultant.
I’ve taught sessions on Twitter, Facebook, Storify, Tumblr, Pinterest and Periscope to journalists from around the world. My sessions typically focus on how journalists can use these social media tools to improve their reporting and expand their reach.
The skills I teach could easily apply to people in other professions who are looking to start a social media presence — or build an already robust one. (When teaching social media to large groups of people, you learn how to accommodate everyone’s wide-ranging skill sets!)
I’ve taught sessions for various schools and organizations, including:
- The Poynter Institute
- University of Missouri
- University of Oregon
- The Media Project
- Yale University
- Case Western Reserve University
- Kent State University
- Gatehouse Media
- The Freedom Forum — for the Chips Quinn Scholarship program
- The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists
I love teaching and regularly use social media in my own work as a nonprofit director. In 2013, I was named one of the top 50 female innovators in digital journalism. In 2012, I was featured on a list of the top 100 Twitter accounts every journalism student should follow and was named a Mirror Award finalist for outstanding media reporting.
I also lead workshops on Restorative Narrative — a genre of stories that highlight moments of strength and resilience. Here’s a related Webinar that I recently led for The Poynter Institute’s News University.
Interested in a coaching call, or having me speak to your organization? Please email me.