If you’re a Twitter user, chances are good you’ve come across #journchat, a weekly discussion between journalists, bloggers, and PR folks that takes place each Monday night in the Twitterverse. It’s consistently one of the top trending topics on Twitter on Monday nights, right up there with presidential addresses and the latest talk about Heroes. #journchat was created by @PRsarahevans and are a brilliant idea and use of Twitter to discuss the most current topics related to journalism and media relations.
What’s most encouraging about this effort is the participation of journalists and bloggers. When I first swung by to check it out, I expected to see mostly PR pros handing out and pushing their agendas. I’m so jaded sometimes. What I found blew my socks off – there was some really insightful dialogue from both sides of the table about working together for the greater good.
Discussions follow an organized Q&A session, where participants can Tweet rapid-fire about their perspective on the issues. It’s an open discussion that’s often hard to keep up with, but will no doubt be the best investment of my time on a weekly basis moving forward. There’s also a weekly recap posted on the #journchat website following each week’s discussion if you want to get an idea of what you can expect next week.
There’s even an open pitch session at the end of each week’s session, where journalists can request pitches, and each participant has the opportunity to pitch one topic. I recently took advantage of this opportunity to ask for some brainstorming help for Journalistics and was blown away by the offers of support I received from the community. How cool is that?
If you’re interested in the latest trends and developments around journalism, media relations, or social media, I strongly suggest you check out #journchat next Monday night.