News outlets and journalists have taken to a number of different platforms to host live Q&A chats with their community; from Twitter and Google+ Hangouts, to Quora and Reddit, as well as on their own websites using liveblogs or the article comment facility.
Just last week, for example, the Daily Post in North Wales launched a new weekly liveblog Q&A, which will feature a different expert each week who will answer questions on a given subject.
In this week’s podcast we look at some of the different approaches to live text-based Q&As and panel chats taken by news outlets and individual journalists, as well as gather some useful tips for running a successful Q&A.
We hear from:
- Mark Luckie, manager of journalism and news, Twitter
- Chris Hamilton, social media editor, BBC News
- Tom Standage, digital editor, the Economist
- Kate Hodge, senior content co-ordinator, Guardian Careers
There are also a number of journalism-related Twitter chats run on a regular basis. Here is a list of 50 which may be of interest, compiled by OnlineUniversities.com.
- #Podcast – Lessons in podcasting from The Times, Economist and SoundCloud
- #followjourn – @chrishams Chris Hamilton/social media editor
- #jpod – How the social media community can shape the news agenda
- 10,000 Words: It helps to remember the ‘person’ in ‘personal branding’
- #jpod in depth: Discussing the press self-regulation question after #soe11