Journalists will learn how to reboot and expand their social media skills during a special Kiplinger Program hands-on workshop Sept. 17 in New Orleans.
The half-day session is one of several deep-dive workshops offered at the national Excellence in Journalism conference in New Orleans. Register online for the convention, which runs Sept. 17-20. The conference is a joint program of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA).
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The third tool, Twitter analytics, lets you track the effectiveness of your tweets with real-time metrics. Learn how to activate analytics on your own Twitter account and make sense of the results. You also will explore several free third-party apps to assess your own Twitter account, look for experts and trends, and analyze anyone’s public Twitter feed.
Trainers for the workshop are Kiplinger Director Doug Haddix and deputy director Kevin Z. Smith.