This module was written and reported by Susan Mernit, editor of Oakland Local, with Kwan Booth and Amy Gahran. It was edited by Andrew Pergam and Jan Schaffer, with additional assistance from Ashley Bright and Rachel Karas.
There are thousands of people on LinkedIn who list their profession as social media consultant. So does that mean social media is so easy to do that everyone is an expert - or so difficult that your only hope is getting expert help to sort it all out?
If you’re like most journalists and media entrepreneurs, you use social media daily, but that doesn’t mean you’re doing all you could with it to engage with your community, listen and monitor the conversation, or use it to plan outreach campaigns around news events, real world meet-ups and breaking stories.
That’s where this guide comes in. It’s a roadmap for improving both your understanding of social media and your use of it. This learning module focuses on the principles of authenticity, transparency and crowd-sourced, real-time communication that make social media so strikingly different from traditional media. It will also give you hands-on tools, tips and tactics that can make your daily use of Facebook, Twitter and other resources much more effective.
Social Media Module Contributors
Susan Mernit, Editor of Oakland Local, @susanmernit
Kwan Booth, Senior Community Manager at Oakland Local, @boothism
Amy Gahran, Senior Editor at Oakland Local, @amygahran
How this module is organized
We start with an overview of the core tools in social media. We offer hands-on tips and tactics for working with some of the most common social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and video-sharing sites YouTube and Vimeo.
Then, we offer guidance on tools to evaluate your efforts, including the use of Google Analytics and Facebook Insights.
The module is liberally sprinkled with case studies, comments and stories from experts working in the local news and community space.
You can read the module in chronological order, or it will work just fine if you skip around. At the end of the module, there’s a list of tools used (with live links) and additional resources to check out.