Social Media Platforms

The platforms below will help you post instant news updates, promote your news or blog site, interact with viewers and become part of a global-wide community on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.


In 2008, there was a massacre in Mumbai. The following year, a U.S. Airways jet made a harrowing landing on the Hudson River. And, in Septermber, 2010, a a gunman took hostages at the Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. What do these three breaking-news events have in common? Important details in each were first reported by citizens at the scene using Twitter. Read the Washington Post story on how Twitter alerted the world about the Discovery Channel incident.

The video below shows the basics of getting started on Twitter:


FaceBook is another powerful and popular platform to share content, promote yourself and interact with your audience. As with Twitter, if you’re not on FaceBook, you’re missing the revolution.

The video below provides a decent overview on getting started:


More than 90 percent of all people who view videos online do so via YouTube. As such, this platform is absolutely essential for professional and citizen journalists to publicize their news videos. By hosting your videos on YouTube, you free up valuable space on your website or blog page server. Uploading videos and embedding them on your page is very simple to do.

See the videos below for getting started on YouTube:


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