Traditionally, a newsroom was the place where journalists, reporters, editors, staffers and others worked together to craft news stories. Today, social newsrooms work in a similar fashion except they are designed to work online instead of within a physical location. Now websites have media centers aimed at fulfilling this need.
A social newsroom is set up online to help people find information to craft their stories, every newsroom has its own personality and features, but generally offers a variety of information. You can visit newsrooms or create one of your own to help people find your information to use in their stories.
A social newsroom can include:
An Organizational Chart
List your business name and the people who work with you and for you.
One Sheets of Information
Speakers use these; if you are open to speaking at events, it’s good to have one so that they know what subjects you speak about and how to contact you.
List of Press Releases
Using this area of your website as a repository for all your press releases is a good way to keep it all organized.
Event Lists, Past and Future
Not only should you keep a list of your past events, it’s important to slip in announcements for future events too.
Images the Press Can Use
Head shots, product shots and more are good to be housed here too in downloadable form, with permission to use for the press.
Collection of White Papers
Many business owners produce white papers which are reports that help your audience understand a topic better.
List of Publications
Great place to list anything you’ve published, including links to articles off site such as guest articles.
Links to Videos
This can be videos that you’ve produced, interviews you’ve done, or that are related to your content in some way.
Streaming Related Content
Your Twitter feed, blog feed, and other related content will work to help disseminate information about your topic.
Other Items of Interest to Insiders and Outsiders
Anything that can work to educate both insiders and outsiders about your business will be useful to put in your social newsroom.
Social Media Share Buttons
This is the start of what makes your newsroom social: the ability for others to share what they find.
Engagement is an important component of a good newsroom. Starting a discussion forum for those who might be interested can help improve engagement.
Even if you don’t want a forum, having a way for people to easily contact you, such as a special email address that you check often, is needed in your newsroom.
In my opinion every reasonably sized business should have this as part of their website and all should have some of it, to a degree. It gives journalists and those who are interested a lot of information about you and your business. It’s another place to house all the information in one place for easy distribution for you and the media. It provides for even more content for your website and no one will have to ask you for the information unless they want a special quote. They can just write a story based off the information they find within your social newsroom.