MediaShift hosts #EDshift chat about using Snapchat for journalism storytelling


Last week I was part of an #edShift Twitter chat that focused on how journalists can use Snapchat for telling stories. The hour-long chat covered a variety of topics ranging from how to get started with Snapchat to storytelling tips for the medium. Here are the 10 questions/topics that host Stacy Forster asked/covered during the chat:

  1. For those who haven’t discovered Snapchat — or who may still be exploring it — how do you describe it and its storytelling potential?
  2. How is Snapchat different from other social media, and how do you take advantage of those differences?
  3. How is Snapchat impacting how we communicate and use video?
  4. What’s the best advice for someone just starting out on Snapchat? How should they begin?
  5. What do you need to think about in terms of storytelling structure on Snapchat?
  6. How is Snapchat Memories going to change storytelling on this platform?
  7. How can news organizations and marketers overall improve their use of Snapchat? What are some missed opportunities?
  8. How can educators use Snapchat in the classroom to teach storytelling? What ways can you incorporate it into assignments?
  9. Do you need any equipment beyond what’s on your phone?
  10. We ended with some sharing — what are some accounts to follow, and what other resources are out there?

You can see the panel that was a part of the chat, as well as a full Storify of the questions and answers by participants here: There’s some good information within for individuals or staffs looking to use Snapchat and you’ll find a few good links that were shared within as well.

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th 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 is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner 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 X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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