Local writers explore social media at Paul Smith Library

Buffy Andrews NewsVroom visit

Buffy Andrews shares her social media expertise Monday at Paul Smith Library.

On Monday afternoon, hyperlocal and web journalist Brittany Wilson, social media coordinator Buffy Andrews and I (books editor Sarah Chain) took the NewsVroom down to Paul Smith Library of Southern York County to talk to a group about social media.

Most of the audience is participating in Paul Smith’s “Year of the Book,” a 12-month push for writers to finish the manuscript in their drawer or an idea that’s been mulling in their head. Most of the audience was also older, and partially (or totally) overwhelmed by the idea of creating a Facebook or Twitter account.

We received questions like “What’s a spammer?” and “What’s a blog?” Social media jargon can be tough to sift through at first.

But that’s why I enjoyed this particular NewsVroom visit so much — because the purpose of the ‘Vroom is to educate. Paul Smith Library director Demi Stevens explained, after the session, that many folks had questions they were often afraid or embarrassed to ask. But that’s what we’re here for!

We want to help our community understand the tools and technology we are using at the York Daily Record/Sunday News — inside and outside of the newsroom — and show them ways they can adapt those technologies into their own lives.

For the authors on Monday, that might be to create a Facebook fan page, or a Twitter account, or a writing blog. For the Girl Scouts at Dover Area Community Library in January, one “lesson” was taking photos on a Droid or iPad and posting them to Twitter.

In March, Brittany and I will be at Martin Library, joined by editorial page editor Scott Fisher, for a session on best blogging practices. We’ll focus on the ways that York Daily Record/Sunday News journalists work to grow their audience and improve their content — and how community bloggers can as well.

Read more on Monday’s social media session on Book Buzz.
Discover other upcoming NewsVroom events.

About Sarah Chain

I'm an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.
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3 Responses to Local writers explore social media at Paul Smith Library

  1. Julieswope says:

    Attended yesterday’s vroom at Paul Smith. Even though I asked what a spammer was I completed my twitter profile last night and will work on it more today. I also created a Facebook fan page. The presentation was extremely helpful. Four years ago I was told about Twitter at a writer’s conference, I looked like a lot of the faces yesterday, but low and behold, my mind is now open to trying it. I think part of the mindset of the senior population is that twitter is what young people . Personally, if that is so, I hope to get younger by utilizing this important social, networking media.

    • Sarah Chain says:

      We’re glad you’re diving in, Julie! Everyone starts somewhere — even two years ago, I wasn’t on Twitter and didn’t understand it. Let us know if you have questions as you go along.

  2. Demi Stevens says:

    Loved the event yesterday! Thanks to Sarah, Brittany and Buffy. I’ve been exploring Tweriod thanks to Buffy’s “Twitter Tutorial” tips. Who knew my weekend tweets reached more people between 6-7am??

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