Create a Checklist Like This One to Help Your Staff Learn Slack

My editors for next year decided to move staff communication to Slack for next year. I’ll no doubt be sharing documents and tips here this year as we progress, but I’d like to start by sharing a handout we’ve already used.

One of my editors, Jena, decided to take the reins of the Slack transition and rollout (having a designated editor in charge of those two things is something I highly recommend).

She created a presentation, giving the team an overview of what Slack was and how we would be using it. After that, she had everyone run through the Slack Checklist I’ve shared here.

It’s a great document that she created for people to walkthrough different aspects of the program to get used to how Slack works and what it’s capable of.

It’s important when using new apps or programs or technology to not just show the thing off and then tell people to use it, but give them some hands-on training from the start. A checklist like this does just that and is great to get staffers off and running.

You can download the FHNtoday Slack Checklist here.

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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