#spjchat is worthwhile discussion

Posted on February 15, 2011


Last Thursday, we tuned in to one of the many Twitter chats going on in the world of 140-character conversations. #spjchat was started Jan. 6 by Mike Reilley out of Chicago. According to his Twitter handle (@spjchat) bio, he’s the founder and moderator of the chat with @spjdepaul students and also founded @journtoolbox. (SPJ, for those of you who don’t know, is an acronym for Society of Professional Journalists.)

Reilley starts off the chat by asking a question and those following the hashtag #spjchat chime in with their opinions. More questions are asked and more conversation ensues. The chat lasts about an hour.

The night we followed #spjchat, we caught a very lively discussion around the use of the word “hyperlocal” by local community news agencies. The word has undoubtedly been thrown around by newspapers, magazines and journalists for years and the consensus seemed to be that even those in the industry have grown tired of its overuse.

We, via our Twitter handle @DailyNewsTwist, joined in the conversation as well. We found the contributors to the conversation to be genuinely well-versed in the journalism industry and were willing to offer up intelligent opinions about the topics at hand.

In our eyes, these scheduled chats are another great way Twitter can be used. We love when social media is used for sharing valuable information.

#spjchat usually occurs at 7 p.m. CST Thursdays. However, this Thursday, they are staging a live tweetup with a @spjdepaul diversity panel and the conversation starts at 6:30 p.m. CST. We highly recommend you join in the conversation!

Do you know of a Twitter chat that we should blog about? Please comment on this article or talk to us @DailyNewsTwist on Twitter.

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