Journal/Media Club: Guide for hosts


Choosing a paper, video or other medium

We invite you to choose a media that is interesting to you, and at the same time has relevance for others. Consider the accessibility of the format and topic for others in the community, and also the quality of the resource.  If you’re feeling brave, you may even like to contact the author(s) of the resource and invite them to participate in the chat.

Pre-Chat Blog Post

As with any other OTalk, please prepare a short blog post to introduce the journal or media you have chosen and email it to the OTalk team as soon as possible to secure your slot.

Please include:

  • The link/reference of the article or video you have chosen
  • A brief summary of the topic (or a copy of the abstract)
  • A brief explanation of why you have chosen this topic for discussion
  • 3-5 questions/discussion points that have emerged from your reading of the article – to be discussed in the journal/media club

During the Chat

Please be aware that you will need an open/publicly viewable Twitter account for hosting a chat – if your Twitter account is ‘protected’/locked, only your followers will be able to read your tweets.  If you have a locked account, you could either un-protect it for the purpose/duration of the chat, or alternatively create an open account. Further information about protecting/unprotecting your tweets is available at this link on the Twitter website (opens in a new window).

On the evening of the chat, make sure you have a comfort break ahead of the 8pm start, because the conversation gets going quickly and you’ll be busy until 9pm!

You will be supported by a member of the OTalk team, who will welcome people to the chat, remind everyone to use the hashtag and protocols and generally manage the community so that you can focus on the conversations. You can Direct Message your supporter during the chat if you have any questions or need help.

Your role will be to have a few questions and comments to hand to introduce into the conversation, its also worth having a few useful resources open on your computer so that you can share the links during the chat. If you can spare any time after the chat, there are often conversations continuing, but it’s understood that the leader of the chat often has other commitments (or needs a glass of wine!) so there’s no pressure to continue beyond the hour.

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