How has electronic and later, social media, changed the way you do your job?

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“I used to write three or four columns a week. Now I often post three (and sometimes four) times a day. It used to be you’d write a column and have a day and a half to think about your next one. Now you have an hour-and-a-half.”

“I’m able to watch what my friends are talking about on Facebook, Twitter, etc., to look for story ideas, trends, mindsets, and such. But I really love being able to use social media to get my friends and contacts ideas and feedback for stories. Also, writers are generally active on social media — I think it comes from being alone all day — and thus Facebook and Twitter have become wonderful places to find and share great sources and resources for stories. I’ve helped my fellow writers who have posted for ideas for experts, and they’ve helped me, too.”

“I am happy to connect with sources and PR people who have clients that are in areas that I write about on LinkedIn, and I will sometimes post calls for sources on there, as well. It’s great for PR people to connect with writers they’ve worked with, because I am always disappointed when I email a PR person I like, and discover they’re no longer at the email address I have for them. With LinkedIn, I can always check and see where people are and find a way to contact them.”

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