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Social Media Guidelines

Stay Social. Be Mindful.

Did you know that Johns Hopkins Medicine has a formal social media policy for all employees? This policy has been harmonized across the Johns Hopkins enterprise. Check out the highlights by watching this video.

Have questions or need additional guidance? Reach out to socialmedia@jhmi.edu.

 

Johns Hopkins Medicine supports employee use of social media to communicate internally and externally. While these communication platforms create new opportunities to connect with others, we ask employees to keep in mind their responsibilities while using these media.

These guidelines cover the appropriate use of social media within the participating organizations mentioned in the Johns Hopkins Health System Social Media Policy. These guidelines are not intended to impede employees from engaging in concerted activity in accordance with the National Labor Relations Act.

The Values That Guide Us

The Johns Hopkins Medicine core values create a universal set of expectations and guidance for our daily work. These same four values can be applied to our lives outside of medical care. The exchanges we share on social media are a reflection of ourselves and can reflect upon the organization. Keeping the core values in mind while you are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media outlets can help ensure that you always make a good impression.

Excellence & Discovery: Be the best.

Social media can be a great place to exchange new ideas and come up with innovative ways of looking at the world. Whether you are on your personal page or speaking as a representative of Johns Hopkins, these exchanges are most productive when you are accurate and professional.

Leadership & Integrity: Be a role model.

Social media can sometimes give a veil of anonymity that causes users to type things to one another that they wouldn’t say to a person’s face. Remember that nothing you post on social media is ever truly anonymous. Inspire others to achieve their best and have the courage to do the right thing by using respectful language and encouraging others to do the same.

Diversity & Inclusion: Be open.

You are never going to see eye-to-eye on all issues — social, political or otherwise. Embrace and value different backgrounds, opinions and experiences on social media. Refrain from criticizing points of view that are different from your own.

Respect & Collegiality: Be kind.

Offensive language, threats of violence, discrimination and harassment should have no place anywhere — including on social media. Listen to, understand and embrace others’ unique skills and knowledge.


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Media Contacts

Members of the press who want to contact representatives of Johns Hopkins Medicine via social media should contact JHM Media Relations on Twitter

Members of the press who want to contact a media relations representative directly about Johns Hopkins Medicine, current and potential services, employees, faculty, customers or competitors should visit JHM Media Relations.