When I got off the subway, I couldn’t contain my excitement of being in Manhattan. It was my first time being in the city in nearly 10 years.
As I scurried up the steps and looked towards the sky as I emerged above ground, my jaw dropped. NYC was more amazing than what I remembered!
The high-rise buildings seem to brush against sky. Central Park is in one direction. I whipped my head in the other towards Times square, its bright lights radiating in every which-way.
One of the hardest things for me to fathom about Manhattan is that it is truly a city that never sleeps! It’s non-stop. Everyone always seems to have somewhere they need to be.
Strangely enough, I began comparing to this phenomenon to what you see in sports. In many different sports, game action comes quickly and with a blink of an eye, you can miss key plays (think basketball or volleyball). How in the world are you supposed to keep up with everything?
This is where the first CMA session I went to comes into play: Tweeting Live Sports
As a Sports Reporter, I got great tips about how to do game coverage like a pro. Here are some of the takeaways I got from the lecture:
- Tweeting is live coverage; Multi-way communication, so don’t forget to interact with followers
- Tweeting should be your observations from the game or sporting event (Story ideas can come from these observations!)
- Don’t just tell your followers what’s happening, SHOW THEM (video, images, graphics,etc.)
- Reporters should tweet during the game with their account, the main sports account or main news outlet account should only RT the most important developments
- Know the hashtags of opposing teams & use them (to get their followers, duh!)
- Know the twitter accounts of all the coaches & players and @ them in tweets that involve them (You can get some of their followers if they RT you)
- If you can’t answer why you’re posting a certain tweet, than it’s unnecessary!