By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group
I was scrolling through my Google Reader and found this link to Black Enterprise magazine’s list of 20 editors and writers to follow on Twitter. When I tweeted this link, I originally noted I was already following six of the 20 on the list. After reading it, I’ve added another eight.
But the BE story got me thinking about the @NABJDigital account. I opened the account back in 2009, with plans to use it to live tweet panels and events from the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Tampa, but I never did. I actually let it lie dormant until last year’s convention in San Diego.
Since then, I’m proud to say that we have 1,459 quality followers and we’ve created a list of NABJ Chapters On Twitter (if I’ve missed any, please let me know). I recently took a look at our followers and was thrilled to see some industry heavy hittters on the list. Below, in no particular order, are 20 of those tweeters.
- princeeditor — Prince writes the must-read “Richard Prince’s Journal-isms,” a three-times-a-week column on diversity issues in the news media for the Maynard Institute.
- Marioarmstrong — Armstrong is my go-to guy on all things dealing with a digital lifestyle.
- Jescarter — Carter blogs on multicultural issues at Mashable, is CEO of Heta Corporation, a multicultural consulting firm and founder of Black Social Media Professionals.
- 10000 words — founded by Mark S. Luckie, National Innovations Editor for the Washington Post and my go-to blog for information on digital journalism.
- stevebuttry — Buttry is the Director of Community Engagement for TBD and blogs about new media at the Buttry Diary.
- webjournalist — Robert Hernandez is an assistant professor at USC Annenberg, sits on the board of the Online News Association and co-founded #wjchat, the weekly Twitter chat for Web journalists.
- NYT_JenPreston — Preston is Social Media Editor at the New York Times. She’s also an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate J-School.
- The Grio — the groundbreaking online news magazine catering to the African-American community.
- Hacks/Hackers — an international grassroots journalism organization designed to create a network of journalists (“hacks”) and technologists (“hackers”) who rethink the future of news and information.
- AdrienneWrites — Gibbs is the senior editor at Ebony magazine
- Toure — a TV host, journalist and cultural critic.
- NewhouseSU — Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
- BryanMonroeCNN — a past president of NABJ, Monroe is currently Editor of CNNPolitics.com, based in Washington D.C.
- miralowe — Lowe is a former editor-in-chief of JET Magazine, a media and communications consultant, lecturer and public speaker.
- Ctr4SocialMedia — my alma mater, American University, is the home for the Center for Social Media, which showcases and analyzes media for public knowledge and action.
- anandaleeke — Leeke is the founder of Digital Sisterhood Network, which helps women use online connections to create relationship wealth.
I hope you consider following some — or all — of these amazing folks. My NABJDigital Twitter list of these people is here. And watch this space for future recommendations on Twitter followers.