Live Chat: Benefits of staffs using Facebook and Twitter

Okay, your students are using Facebook for fun, but how do you find its journalistic purpose?  Aaron Manfull, the Journalism Education Association’s digital media committee chair, Sarah Nichols, adviser at Whitney High School in Rocklin, Calif., and Wendy Wallace, director of Poynter’s High School Program teamed up for one of Poynter’s weekly journalism educators live chats. They worked to answer readers’ questions related to “What Are the Benefits of Engaging Your Audience On Facebook, Twitter, Etc.?”
There were a variety of questions covered during the chat ranging from how one can measure return on the time investment to those simply wanting to know what the point of Twitter is. You can find an archive of the discussion at: http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=162593
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Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 19th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He created The Next 26 and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on Twitter and Instragram @manfull and on Snapchat as aaronmanfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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