Being a social media reporter has been an idea i have always thought would be as easy as anything else. Whenever i get to hear any job opening of a social media reporter, all i could imagine is someone browsing through a social media site such as Facebook or twitter and making some posts replying to comment and chatting people up at his comfort zone with a chilled drink and something to keep the mouth busy.
However my experience as a social media reporter during the African universities week (#AFUniWK) has giving me more insight and has exposed me to some practical knowledge of being a social media reporter. As opposed to my prior knowledge, being a social media requires more dedication, professionalism and technicalities. I was introduced to tools like buffer.com and then the need to design some graphic content made me to sharpen my skills on Photoshop. I was involved in a “marathon tweet” on twitter and i understood its efficiency perfectly.
Furthermore, being a social media reporter, i faced some challenges such as power failures which led to my being offline, Network issues also contributed detrimentally, knowing the fact that each task had a specific and definite deadline.
Finally, i would say that my experience as a social media reporter during the African universities week was a benevolent and even the challenges faced has given me more insight on how to tackle such issues subsequently. I am grateful to AAU for granting me such a privileged and i would be glad to associate with them subsequently. Thanks Isaac Abayomi Fadupin