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Journalists can reduce social media stress with these 9 tips

Every journalist has a social media horror story. Whether it’s a minor misspelling, a break of objectivity or an online beef, the prevalence of social media in journalism today makes very public missteps almost unavoidable. But what if journalists had better tools to avoid these mistakes — or, at the very least, reduce the worry that we’ll inadvertently make them?

In a June 2022 Pew Research Center survey of nearly 12,000 journalists, 94% said they use at least one social media app for work. Their favorites: Twitter, followed by Facebook.

Yet only 41% of them feel social media has a “positive impact on their ability to build trust in the news they produce.”

Despite this, journalists put pressure on themselves to be active on the platforms. As Northwestern Medill students who spent the summer researching this topic, we approached our project with two questions: How can journalists avoid the worst parts of social media, and how can they use it for the public good?

Journalists across the nation have similar advice. Read full article at Poynter.

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