We’re thrilled to present a new series on the Muck Rack Blog - A Day In the Life. We’re asking journalists around the web to share all the times they use Twitter, how they spend their days, and how Muck Rack fits into their time. Follow along as we learn from some of the best in the business.
First up, we heard from Anthony De Rosa, Reuters’ social media editor and columnist on how his average days pan out.
Alarm usually rings at 7:30 or 8:00 a.m.
I get push alerts from several apps: Breaking News, Bloomberg, which show up when I check my iPhone, then I go check my Twitter feed, all before getting out of bed.
I roll out of bed and into Twitter. Then I usually eat maple and brown sugar instant Quaker oats and coffee/OJ. I’ll get a few tweets out and if there’s something big, I won’t go directly into the office, but rather I’ll start live blogging from home instead.
I make it into the office around 9:30 or 10 and use Instapaper on the my commute (it’s only 2 stops south from the Columbus Circle 1 train).
What I get to the office, I check the Reuters wire, then Twitter. I have 1 iMac hooked up to three monitors, and a virtual Windows machine running Eikon on the Mac.
Mornings are spent trying to get a handle on the big news of the day and delivering it in the best format. Working with Matthew Keys to present it on both our social platforms and on our live blogs. We now have several editors who run live blogs that never shut down, like Politics and World News and more are to come.
For lunch, usually I go to Hale and Hearty but sometimes I’ll do the Kwik Kart (Vendy Award winner!) near the Fox News offices. Most of the time, if I can get out of the office I will but it’s not often.
Afternoons are not much different. In the morning, it’s like jumping onto a moving car, but it gets easier once you’re in the groove by afternoon.
I head to Twitter all day, all the time, constantly throughout the day.
On Tumblr, we try to reblog more outside sources so it’s less just Reuters there. For Facebook, we focus on the few major stories of the day and Tumblr is a bit more frequent in terms of updates.
The Muck Rack newsletter is one of the best things I read every morning, It’s a good agenda setter.
I usually leave work at 6:30, sometimes 7, sometimes 9 or 10 - depends how busy I am. But once I leave the office, I try to disconnect, unless there’s major news to cover.
Twitter is still the last thing I look at before I go to bed - that’s usually midnight or 1:00 a.m.
Do you want to share a day in your journalism life with us? We’d love to hear from you. If you want to take our questionnaire, e-mail delia at muckrack dot com.
(Photos courtesy Anthony De Rosa)