Web journalist Robert Hernandez shares social media tools for journalism
Students and faculty visited with Robert Hernandez, CU JMC Hearst Professional in-Residence about the importance of social media and technology for modern journalists.
Hernandez, assistant professor of professional practice at USC Annenberg, spent more than 10 years as a professional web journalist before he entered academia to prepare students for the world of modern journalism.
Be proactive about your education, Hernandez tells students.
“The thing that college has to offer, whether it’s undergrad or grad, is a place to think and explore,” says Hernandez. “You can lean back, cross your arms and wait for it to come to you or you can lean forward and engage, and in leaning forward and engaging, you can learn a whole hell of a lot.”
Only lazy journalists don’t use Facebook, Twitter and other social medias, according to Hernandez. He encourages journalists to look at technology through a journalistic prism and use it to tell stories.
Hernandez has compiled a website with social media platforms he finds useful to journalists: http://bit.ly/techandtools. He tells journalists not to downplay or excessively glorify the importance of technology, but find realistic ways to use it to become better journalists.
In addition to teaching, Hernandez served as co-chair of programming for the 2012 UNITY conference. He previously worked as director of development for the Seattle Times and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is a co-founder of #wjchat, a weekly Twitter forum for journalistic collaboration and crowdsourcing. Follow Hernandez on Twitter at @webjournalist or visit www.webjournalist.org to learn more about him.