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San Francisco chapter: Twitter and Storify for health journalists

11/09/11     San Francisco, CA

AHCJ Chapter EventThis event will teach journalists how to use the social media platforms Twitter and Storify to improve health reporting skills and increase online visibility. You’ll get a thorough overview of Twitter and how to manage it on the third-party platform called Hootsuite. We’ll also look at Storify, a platform for creating stories using social media. Storify cofounder and CEO Burt Herman just received the 2011 SPJ-NorCal Board of Directors’ Distinguished Service award for producing Storify.

When: 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011

Where: Office, 149 Ninth Street , Suite #404, San Francisco
Parking is tough in San Francisco's Tenderloin. We recommend taking public transportation (Muni or BART) or carpooling. For BART, exit at Civic Center/UN Plaza BART and walk to 149 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 - about 8 mins (0.4 mi)

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Topics include:

Using Hootsuite to Manage Twitter:

  • What is Twitter?
  • Using Hootsuite to organize Twitter
  • Hastags, RTs vs MTs, Facebook Friday, etc.
  • Scheduling tweets
  • Top health tweeters
  • Organizing tweetups
  • Managing multiple Twitter accounts
  • Creating Twitter groups
  • Using Twitter to advance your story

How and When to Use Storify:

  • What is Storify?
  • Examples of best health reporting
  • How to use it, when to use it
  • How to embed Storify content
  • SEO benefits

Our Speakers:

Marian Liu is the community manager at With a decade worth of newspaper and multimedia journalism under her belt, plus an Executive MBA from the University of Washington, Marian applies both business acumen and reporting to her job. In the past, she has covered everything from medicine to music for the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, Detroit Free Press and The Seattle Times - in print, audio and video - interviewing everyone from the scientist who coined the term “SPF,” to Britney Spears and Jet Li. She also directs Voices, a groundbreaking multi-platform student fellowship for the Asian American Journalists Association..

Shuka Kalantari is an outreach coordinator for KQED Public Radio’s Health Dialogues, where she works with citizen journalists throughout California and produces health-related multimedia and social media content. Shuka is also web producer and reporter for KPFA Pacifica Radio’s Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, and a freelance multimedia health reporter for KALW Radio’s Crosscurrents. She is the recipient of the 2011 New America Media Fellowship Program on Health, Health Care and Environmental Health; the 2009 California Health Journalism Fellowship; and both the 2010 and 2011 Association of Health Care Journalist Ethnic Media Fellowships.