Meghan Peters

As Mashable's community manager, Meghan oversees social media strategy and reader engagement projects. Prior to joining Mashable in 2010, she worked as a web producer at The Seattle Times and managing editor of Microsoft’s JobsBlog. Meghan has a B.A. in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Washington and has written for The Huffington Post, China Daily, The Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer.


Why social media roles in newsrooms shouldn’t just be for ‘young people’

Social media has opened a new door of career opportunities for media professionals, many of which have been snapped up by tech-savvy young journalists.

Equipped with the speed, skills and determination that keeping up with the social Web demands, these younger journalists are great candidates for helping news organizations connect with their online audiences. What’s more is their inherent understanding of technology can help newsrooms elevate digital strategies.

Unfortunately, some young people are of the mindset that youth is a requirement for these positions.

After reading an article last week titled “Why Every Social Media Manager Should Be Under 25,” I was disheartened, but not surprised by author Cathryn Sloane’s claims. (Plenty of other people were disheartened by it, too.) It’s easy for young media professionals to become frustrated with the “people in the generations above us,” she wrote.

While digital media has kept young journalists’ dreams of working in a newsroom alive, it’s caused a lot of grief for “newsroom curmudgeons” who resist change. Read more

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