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20 People I’m Glad Are Following NABJDigital on Twitter

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Marioarmstrong — Armstrong is my go-to guy on all things dealing with a digital lifestyle.
  3. Jescarter — Carter blogs on multicultural issues at Mashable, is CEO of Heta Corporation, a multicultural consulting firm and founder of Black Social Media Professionals.
  4. 10000 words — founded by Mark S. Luckie, National Innovations Editor for the Washington Post and my go-to blog for information on digital journalism.
  5. stevebuttry — Buttry is the Director of Community Engagement for TBD and blogs about new media at the Buttry Diary.
  6. webjournalistRobert 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The Grio — the groundbreaking online news magazine catering to the African-American community.
  9. PBSNewsHour
  10. 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.
  11. AdrienneWritesGibbs is the senior editor at Ebony magazine
  12. Toure — a TV host, journalist and cultural critic.
  13. NPRJobs
  14. NewhouseSU — Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
  15. EbonyMag
  16. BryanMonroeCNN — a past president of NABJ, Monroe is currently Editor of, based in Washington D.C.
  17. miralowe — Lowe is a former editor-in-chief of JET Magazine, a media and communications consultant, lecturer and public speaker.
  18. essenceonline
  19. 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.
  20. 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.



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