SPJ DePaul Brings Twitter Techniques to Gordon Tech

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SPJ DePaul’s Monica Carter sets up for the presentation. (Photo by Brianna Kelly)

SPJ DePaul executive board members visited Gordon Tech High School on Jan. 25 to teach students more beneficial ways to use Twitter.

The chapter taught the 15 students in the program how to use their accounts to connect with publications, news organizations, colleges and universities.

Chapter members shared much of the insight they learned from Mark Luckie, manager of journalism and news at Twitter, at a seminar with SPJ DePaul and the Sun-Times on Jan. 23. The presentation also covered Twitter etiquette, how to use hashtags, and the importance of a strong and unique bio.

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Gordon Tech students hard at work on Twitter search techniques. (Photo by Brianna Kelly)

SPJ DePaul Events Coordinator Monica Kucera, who organized the event, taught students how to use advanced features such as filtering, to find news and events happening in a precise geographic area. She also showed students how to verify accounts of their favorite celebrities and other newsmakers.

Another lesson that members taught students was to have a professional presence when using Twitter and other social media tools. Members stressed to the students the importance that universities and employers monitor social media and reckless postings could potentially jeopardize a student’s reputation.

The exec board members also brought Chicago’s Pizza for the training session!

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Monica Kucera starts her presentation. (Photo by Brianna Kelly)

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