Recommended social media guidelines for reporters

  1. Be honest.
  2. Be yourself.
  3. Assume that everything you say is public, even if you say it privately.
  4. If it’s not clear to you what’s public and what’s private, don’t participate.

Inspired by recent discussion about the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Times guidelines for reporters using social media.

2 thoughts on “Recommended social media guidelines for reporters”

  1. Also, assume that anything you do say will be copied and pasted. Sometimes this can be a good thing, sometimes a bad thing, always expect it to happen to every keypress and moderate your activity accordingly.


  2. Hey Ryan!

    Nice insight. Short and sweet. I think that shouldn’t just be guidelines for reporters but everyone who is participating in Social Media.

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    Anyway, I hope you have a great week and that you will be successful in every activity you engage in!


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