Mandy Jenkins, Social Media Editor of, visited our class on Feb. 10, to discuss the importance of social media networks in one’s professional and personal life.

Jenkin’s advices:

  • Build a blog to reach a lot of people.
  • You should do personal work to get yourself hired.
  • Interact and connect with others – get your name out there!


  • Local news Web site for D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland
  • Covers local (ex: Metro) and hyper-local news (ex: neighborhoods)
  • Likes to cover big or small stories that affect people’s day-to-day lives.
  • A team of 15 reporters and 200+ bloggers
  • Work with freelancers

The Role of a Social Media Editor:

  • 90% of time is spent listening, researching, digging into information that is available – particularly through Twitter
  • Tweets help reporters get a jump start on what to write about
  • 10% of time spent sending news to CNN, Huffington Post, etc. to get attention

TBD’s bloggers:

  • Found based on their credibility
  • TBD links directly to blogger’s post
  • TBD not responsible for what is posted by bloggers

Helpful Websites:

  • HootSuite or TweetDeck – builds Twitter lists
  • Twellow – lists Twitters by popularity
  • Trendsmap – shows what people are talking about in different areas of the country
  • Storify – builds a story that pulls in other people’s Tweets, photos from Flickr and videos from YouTube
  • Xtranormal – aids in creating animation