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Among Sree Sreenivasan's tips for journalists on social media: Don't use your employer's name in your Twitter handle

Among Sree Sreenivasan's tips for journalists on social media: Don't use your employer's name in your Twitter handle

Sree Sreenivasan, the chief digital officer of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, dropped by the Nieman Foundation—while on a family vacation to Boston no less—to share some of his advice and best practices for social media. A journalist who has worked across many different media platforms, Sree recently came to the Met from Columbia University, where he had spent 21 years as a professor, dean of students, and chief digital officer. His key messages were the three ABC’s:

  • Always Be Connecting. It’s important to reach out to people on social media before you need them, rather than waiting to contact them when you’re on deadline.
  • Always Be Collecting. Use your phone’s camera as a notebook, grabbing photos of slides in presentations or any other info you come across. You may not share it right away, but you’ll be glad you have it when you do.
  • Always Be Charging. As a journalist in 2015, you don’t want to be stuck on assignment with a dead phone. Keep it charged when you can, or invest in a charger pack for those times when an outlet isn’t available.

Sree has also published the slides from a separate presentation on “Social Media Today,” with more good tips for journalists.

Listen to Sree’s talk

Read some of the tweets from his session