While some use social media just for fun, I use social media as a tool to enhance my career.
As an aspiring news broadcaster and political junkie, social media allows me to create an online portfolio of my reporting and news aggregation. This can be invaluable for when I apply for jobs in the near future, with news stations putting a higher level of importance on social media presence and connecting with viewers online.
— Paul Dwyer (@P_Dwy) June 28, 2016
When reporting, tweeting out the latest breaking news can grow your follower base as well as preview stories that will be on the news later in the day. By previewing stories on social media and garnering buzz, viewership for the news can increase, which is definitely what news bosses are looking for.
I also use my social media accounts to follow the latest national and international news, especially politics. By following reporters and media agencies, I get the latest news all in one place. Through tweeting and retweeting, I can turn my Twitter into my own news aggregation feed.
— Paul Dwyer (@P_Dwy) July 8, 2016
On top of all of this, social media is entertaining and an amazing way to keep up with friends. Social media lets me show what’s going on in my life to my friends, while I can see what’s going on in their lives.
The role social media plays in my life is huge, and will only get bigger as my career continues.