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Mar 27 / Michael Schottey

Expert journalism advice in 140 characters or fewer

Last week, we talked about social media tools in this space and I remarked that all of you should really be on Twitter. Twitter is one of those tools that, no matter how you want to use it, you will find some good out of it. Some people use Twitter to broadcast their ideas. Some use it as an aggregation tool, learning all of the day’s events quicker than simply watching ESPN. Still others use Twitter to network.

Last week, Jamie Mottram, director of blogs at Yahoo, used Twitter to crowdsource some material for a presentation. Mottram asked his followers to share their thoughts and ideas about web journalism. When I saw the responses rolling in, I remembered the sage advice of King Kaufman and started collecting the advice in Storify.

Responses ranged from snarky to sincere, from trite to profound and from practical to ideological. Still, the overarching themes of the exercise were clear: Web journalism isn’t a walk in the park, it’s hard work and not for everyone. Web journalism is different from print. Don’t get into this business just for fame and money. It’s still all about who you know.

Check out the responses for yourself and chime in with your thoughts in the comments.