Category Archives: Twitter for Jerds

This page is available to for student journalists who are looking to use Twitter

Social media resources

Twitter #jerdchat: This weekly chat is for both publication advisers and student journalists.  A different topic is posed each week and moderated by advisers from across the country.

Study uncovers how school actually use social media: findings about how school surveyed use and benefit from social media

Impact of social media on journalism: This video emphasizes that social media is not the death of journalism, but an enhancement of it.

Social media trends and journalism: This video is a lecture on social media to new students at the Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media by “media guru” Sree Sreenivasan, dean of student affairs and digital media professor at Columbia Journalism School in New York. 

 Instagram: This tool can be used for photojournalistic reporting.  Students can follow various news organizations including National Geographic.

Facebook: the Godfather of social media sites.

LinkedIn: a great resource for professional networking.

Twitter: 140 characters of up to date information

Journalism Education Association digital media: contains various posts and lesson plans for social media usage, in addition to all things scholastic journalism

Sustainable Journalism: how various news organizations are utilizing different forms of social media in innovative ways.

Pinterest:  virtual bulletin boards of different subjects

Vimeo: an online resources for posting and viewing HD videos

YouTube: the number one source video sharing website

SchoolTube: video sharing website safe to use on K-12 campuses; posts by both teachers and students

Twitter language: Here you will find a complete guide to Twitter’s language and acronyms

Best practices for journalists on Twitter: found on the Twitter blog, this is a great overview of how journalists, including student journalists, can effectively use Twitter

ASNE’s Youth Journalism Initiative:  American Society of News Editors educators and students website. Includes various lesson plans, scholarly articles, student contests and more.

Social media guidelines for student journalists: The ASU Walter Cronkite School of Mass Journalism’s ethical principles for using social media

 Common Sense Media: provides digital media literacy resources for educators

LiveBinder: a curation tool for web resources or documents


Twitter for Jerds

On this page you will learn what Twitter is, how to create an account and why this is used for journalstic practices.


  • learn what Twitter is
  • create a professional account
  • effectively utilize the tool for journalistic practices

STANDARDS (Common Core):

  • RI8
  • W1 a-e
  • W2 a-f
  • W6
  • W7
  • W8
  • W10


  • students will follow credible news agencies on social media
  • curate information from various sources
  • share published articles and other content with followers
  • successfully attend an on-line, professional chat
  • appropriately use hashtags for research, commenting and publication

Creating an account on Twitter
(10 points)
To create your account, watch all six Twitter 101 videos which will instruct you how to

  • Create an account
  • Use the dashboard
  • Choose accounts to follow
  • Create tweets
  • Use Twitter on your mobile device

Activity 1
(20 points)
Follow 10 credible news agencies and/or journalists
Write a summary about how you knew these sources were credible

Activity 2
(20 points)
Attend a #jerdchat on Twitter on Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. PST
Take three screenshots that include your comments
Write a summary about the discussion topic
Include three new pieces of information that you learned

About this page:  this page was created so that students would have access to Twitter, content was curated to populate learning, engaging and appropriate resources were found, page was published for students to be easily accessible.