Some ideas for social media prompts from newsrooms. Short url's included to make sharing easier.
It's fall and these first days of the season are a good time to ask your audience a related question. In Nashville, the paper put together a list and asked for more suggestions:
On Facebook 20 things we love about fall http://on.fb.me/qkI3VV
President's Back-to-School speech
On Wednesday, President Obama continues his annual practice of presenting a back-to-school speech. His focus has been personal responsibility. Every year, schools discuss if this is a government event that everyone should watch or a political event. Here we go again: Teachers decide whether students can watch Obama’s school speech | The Jamestown Sun | http://bit.ly/nkHoy3
Will classrooms in your area be tuned to the speech?
From the 2010 Obama school speech (in Philadelphia): "But you’ve got a job, too. You’ve got to show up to school on time. You’ve got to pay attention in your class. You’ve got to do your homework. You’ve got to study for exams." - http://1.usa.gov/poP9Lu
From the 2009 Obama school speech (in Arlington): "none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities, unless you show up to those schools, unless you pay attention to those teachers, unless you listen to your parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed." - http://1.usa.gov/pGdxd4
Are you running a best harvest contest? Asking readers for photos of giant squash? Helping your audience make plans for next year? Today, Sothebys is running an auction of heirloom vegetables - kale, squash and cabbage: http://bit.ly/qIB4F9
Are their heirloom garden growers in your area? How are they saving their seeds for next year? What are some favorite meals and recipes that use the harvests?
The Future is Here
Jon Dube summed up the ONA meeting in Boston: Highlights from the 2011 Online News Association conference | CyberJournalist.net http://bit.ly/pnfHtX
A key point: the future is here (even if it is unevenly distributed). Jon's report includes a great set of links to more resources. "Users rule the web" is his version of John Paton's "How the Crowd Saved Our Company," which includes this: "The Crowd collectively knows more about any subject, city or event we choose to cover than we do." -- http://bit.ly/qz9Bxu
Every suggested prompt I send out is a recognition 1. that the crowd is already engaged in a vibrant conversation about important topics and 2. that you can extend and amplify that discussion on your platform under your brand.