The Twitter Beat: Tweet Credibility of Government Agencies

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June 07, 2012 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

The Twitter Beat: Tweet Credibility of Government Agencies
Originally Broadcast On:
June 07, 2012
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.


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Without full time access to government sources, how can people in your newsroom verify information from an institution's Twitter feed? How do you make sure that the information is confirmed, accurate and clear? What do you report?

This Webinar will help you navigate the landscape of social media credibility within government agencies. Learn how government social media strategies and consumer expectations drive the need for well-developed source relationships and newsroom discussions on social media guidelines.

Managing Editor of the Seattle Times, Suki Dardarian discusses the results of the APME Social Media Credibility Project about the credibility of government Twitter feeds.

What Will I Learn:
  • Social media strategy of government agencies
  • Your readers/followers’ expectations
  • How to develop source relationships with agency tweeters
  • How to engage your newsroom in discussions on whom to trust on Twitter, and how to enhance the credibility of your own Twitter streams
  • Questions and issues to address in your newsroom's social-media guidelines
Who Should Take this Course:

Anyone who reports, edits or produces breaking news or news from governmental institutions.

This Webinar is part of the 2012 Social Media Credibility Series, developed in partnership with Associated Press managing Editors (APME). The Webinars are the outcomes of projects by three newsrooms as part of APME's Social Media Credibility Project and are funded by grants from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and APME Foundation.

Course Instructor:

Suki Dardarian

Suki Dardarian is managing editor at The Seattle Times, where she oversees news, metro, features, business, sports and investigations. Dardarian is former president of the Associated Press Managing Editors, a national organization of editors whose newspapers are members of the Associated Press. She has also served as an adviser to the University of Washington Department of Communication

Training Partner:

Associated Press Media Editors

APME is an association of editors on the forefront in setting ethical and journalistic standards for newspapers and in the battle for freedom of information and the First Amendment.

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