The Best of the 1st #JSticks Tweet Chat

What is #Jsticks Tweet Chat?

It’s a weekly Twitter Chat for Journalists of Color presented by Journalisticks.com and moderated by Chloé A. Hilliard and Aliya S. King.

Here’s some Highlights:

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“My question  deals with onspec stories. What advice do you have? Thanks” Makkada:

  • aliyasking: If you are a new writer an the place is established and you trust them. I say go for it. I wrote a few on-spec pieces 
  • aliyasking: I also wrote for a few magazines for free. Just because I wanted clips more than I wanted money.
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“Breaking out of “urban” journo, what’s the best way to show other pubs that u can write general interest?”- clovito
  • aliyasking: ugh. This is a sore point for me. I keep hearing it’s impossible. But I don’t believe that
  • Journalisticks: I find that the best way to get yourself in is start with something small and have it be reported, researched and written
  • cecabrera: I hear the same thing. Developing relationships with editors somehow is really the key.
  • bmockaveli: Strong pitch: Know subject matter as expert; Have at least dozen sources that you’ve ALREADY talked to; Have decent outline mapped

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I am graduating in 5 days, I have a ton newspaper experience, 3 internships under my belt, but i’m not sure what to do next” – flywritergal

  • Journalisticks: The great thing about the crappy media market is you can do as many things as you want. the hard part is GETTING PAID

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“What are you doing to become a multi-media journalist since print is dying?” – Journalisticks
  • aliyasking:I dragged myself into the blogosphere kicking and screaming. And it’s paying off for me in large and small ways.
  • bmockaveli: Chloe dragged me into the blogosphere kicking and screaming, snot coming out my nose, slobber dripping from my lips

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“Sometimes i feel i am violating other writers or editors on Facebook by tagging them…should i feel like that?” – oneblackdaria
  • aliyasking: I HATE TAGGING. I do NOT tag people on Facebook notes unless I actually mentioned them. That’s me
  • NakedWithSocks: I rotate who i tag so not to annoy, besides if sum1 already reads reg they don’t need to be tagged. hook new people

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“What would you consider a good amount for a blog to even dream of making money off of it?” – cecabrera
  • bmockaveli: Seriously, if you want to get paid handsomely for blogging, you will still have to have bangup reporting skills. Either have ironclad reporting or be a celeb to make $ off blogs. Marcy Wheeler @ Firedoglake just raised 67K – she’s no celeb
  • NakedWithSocks: I know it took NahRight 5 years to get to where it’s at now so blogs aren’t an overnight cash cow takes time

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“How important is it to have a Journalism Degree?” – Journalisticks
  • aliyasking: not important at all. in my experience. have a BA in Africana Studies.
  • clovito: I don’t think it’s that important if you have skills. my issue is writers who don’t have the basics 5 Ws down
  • bmockaveli: By 2010: “Daddy, what’s a journalism degree? Did Fred Flinstone have one?”
  • rlnave: ultimately it’s not. but an elite jschool can take you get your foot in the door faster
  • Journalisticks: I think most students now who say they want to be journo really want to be STARS
  • ToureX: I have no post-HS degree. I left college after junior yr (African-Am Studies major). I talked my way into graduate school for creative writing at Columbia which helped hone my skills a lot.

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“If you were starting out today, would you still go into journalism?” – Journalisticks

  • ToureX: If I was starting out now? My heart would probably still lead me into journalism, I still love it. But now, at this vantage, being able to see how hard it’s become to be in journalism, I couldn’t advise anyone else. And I think journalism is really important to the country but the business models aren’t adding up.

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“Does your race play a part in the stories your cover and your angle?” Journalisticks

  • ToureX: Race definitely plays into some of my assignments.
  • blacksolutions: “Black” Journalist need to get rid of the tier. Citizen Journalism is now just as valid. Blogs can give credibility w/mainstream
  • Journalisticks: Sometimes i want the black stories cause I know if i don’t do it someone non-AA will and eff it up!

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How Long for the Blogosphere to balance itself out ie Great Journalism pushing out bad bloggers? Journalisticks
  • ToureX: I don’t yet know where blogging fits into a journo career. I don’t know what a future journo career will look like.
  • sociallicks: I consider Mary Mitchell of the Chicago Sun-Times a journalist and all she writes is social commentary
  • aliyasking I have faith that the talented will survive. The tenacious will learn social media and not resist. they’ll make it. I know writers who will not get on Twitter. They will be left behind.With blogging, it’s about being informed. you can’t just spout opinion and call yourself a journo. Blogs can have substance/research
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And there you have it Folks…
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Be sure to tune in next week (here’s how—> http://tinyurl.com/c767zt) Monday 8:00 – 9:30pm EST.