SPJ Chat Schedule and How to Participate

Thursday, Oct. 6: Reporting techniques with Wall Street Journal reporter Amy Merrick (@amyjmerrick)

  • Storify archive of the chat
  • Next #spjchat coming in late October!

Storify case study on how #SPJchat archives its chats.

SPJ Blog Talk Radio discussion on how #SPJchat works.

Storify blog post about #SPJchat with Burt Herman.

Article by @dailynewstwist on #SPJchat.

Blog post by @clayduda on #SPJchat.

How to Particpate in SPJ Chat

1. Make sure you follow @spjchat from the Twitter account you plan to use for #SPJchat.

2. About five minutes before the chat, log-in to Twitter and type #SPJchat in the search box. Hootsuite and TweetDeck also work well for the chat. Just type the hashtag into the search field.

3. Make sure you use the #SPJchat hashtag in any of the tweets you are posting to the chat. Also, include the question number (Q1, Q2) in the tweet to help keep the chat focused.

6. The #spjchat starts at 7 p.m. Central Time every other Thursday. Mike Reilley of @journtoolbox and @spjchat moderates.

7. Submit questions for the chat by direct messaging your question to Mike by typing d @spjchat followed by your message. OR by sending the question without the hashtag to @spjchat. Mike will do his best to get it posted. Please don’t interrupt the chat with a question out of the context of the discussion.

8. The only rules of the chat: Introduce yourself, play nice, stay on topic and offer insight/retweet what others say.

9. Journalists from all over the world participate in the chat. So this is a nice opportunity to network, gain new followers and use social media in a whole new way.

10. Visit Storify to read highlights of the chat. We post late on Friday afternoons.

11. Tips on chat etiquette.

Click on the link below for the tentative schedule of topics:

Upcoming Topics (subject to change)
Special guests will be added the week before the chat. To suggest one, DM us @spjchat

Oct. 20 or 27: Topics TBA



Jan. 6 Topic: Online Storytelling and Best Practices with:

Jan. 13 Topic: Copy Editing and Social Media with our Panel of Experts:

Jan. 20 Topic: Journalism and Branding with our Panel of Experts:

Jan. 27 Topic: Social Media’s Influence on Sports Coverage with our panel of experts:

Feb. 3 Topic: Diversity: How online media can do a better job of covering it with our panel of experts:

  • George Daniels, SPJ Diversity Committee chairman and assistant professor, University of Alabama
  • Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia University School of Journalism dean of student affairs & professor, online journalism expert
  • Kristen Aguirre, DePaul University graduate journalism student
  • Kareem Johnson, freelance multi-platform multimedia journalist
  • Vi Nguyen, DePaul University undergraduate journalism student
  • Storify summary of the chat.

Feb. 10 Topic: Hyperlocal Journalism with our panel of experts:

Feb. 24 Topic: Social Media’s Impact on Entertainment Coverage with our panel of experts:

  • Kirstin Wilder, managing editor of Variety
  • MariaElena Fernandez (@writerchica) of the LA Times
  • Ali Trumbull, undergraduate journalism student at DePaul University’s College of Communication who live-tweeted from The Grammys
  • Storify summary of the chat.

March 3 Topic: Social Media Tools for Journalists

March 10 Topic: Health News Literacy and Go-to Resources with special guest moderator Jennifer Gaie Hellum @jghellum

March 24 Topic: Accuracy and Journalism with Regret the Error’s Craig Silverman

March 31 Topic: iPad2 for Journalists (preview for SPJ Region 4-5 Super Regional seminar)

April 7 Topic: Social Media Curation with Storify founder Burt Herman

April 14 Topic:  Should SPJ Update its Code of Ethics and How?

April 21 Topic: Mobile Apps and Other Reporting Tools for Journalists

April 28 Topic: Social Media & Covering Courts with Ron Sylvester, @rsylvester

May 5: Social Media, Accuracy and bin Laden coverage

  •  Storify highlights of the chat

May 12: Database Reporting and Data Visualization with special guest Andy Boyle

May 19: Music Journalism, Ethics & Social Media 

May 26: Overheard in the Newsroom’s Kevin Cobb @ohnewsroom

June 2: NPR’s Andy Carvin on his Middle East coverage on Twitter

Sept. 8: Covering 9/11: What Have We Learned?

Thursday, Oct. 6: Reporting techniques with Wall Street Journal reporter Amy Merrick (@amyjmerrick)

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