Fake News: What’s Real Deal?

Too good to be true? Ever mistakenly share a story that was a hoax? Social media has been filled with fake news this election season. The increase in the number of fake news stories, sites dedicated to them, and the sharing of this content were the focus of several recent BBC News stories. The production of fake news has become [&hellip

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Study Reveals Social Media’s Impact on Newsroom Editorial Decisions

Popular, or trending, topics and content on social media play a significant role in local television newsrooms decisions about which stories to cover. That’s the finding from my latest research, Forces at the Gate: Social Media’s Influence on Editorial and Production Decisions in Local Television Newsrooms, published in the Electronic News journal. This nationwide survey of news directors at network affiliate television stations explores [&hellip

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A New Generation of “Fierce Fact Checkers”

Josh Sterns, who directs the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s journalism sustainability project, recently asked me to share my thoughts on teaching students how to verify social media content. In the article, How Journalism Schools Can Train a New Generation of Fierce Fact Checkers, Sterns discusses how verification of user-generated content and other social media skills are critical to be successful in journalism today, but [&hellip

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Mobile & Social Media Journalism Tips Published on PBS MediaShift

In two articles written for PBS MediaShift, I discuss key elements of my Mobile and Social Media Journalism course at Ithaca College. In the first post, Teaching Students to Verify Social Media Content, I outline an in-class exercise, What’s The Real Deal?, that gets students thinking about how to verify user-generated content. My other PBS MediaShift post, Social Media & [&hellip

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Teaching Mobile and Social Media Journalism

The use of mobile devices and social media for reporting is no longer a novelty. Some journalism educators teach mobile reporting skills by integrating them into existing courses. A few, including myself, have developed courses dedicated solely to this topic. At the 2015 Broadcast Education Association convention in Las Vegas, I discussed my experience creating Mobile and Social Media Journalism [&hellip

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Social media study published in Electronic News journal

My solo-authored research paper, A Digital Juggling Act: New Media’s Impact on the Responsibilities of Local Television Reporters, was published in the Electronic News journal. The Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard included the research in its monthly round-up of digital and social media research. This study focuses on the concept of “journalism as process” and creates a framework to view [&hellip

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Using social media to create online community for your class

I recently discussed how new technologies can be used to complement the in-class learning experience. Although students are considered “digital natives,” many don’t yet understand how to use social media to enhance their learning experience. During a session sponsored by Ithaca College’s Center for Educational Technology, in collaboration with the Center for Faculty Excellence, I outlined how to use Facebook [&hellip

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Ithaca Journalism Students Experiment with Google Glass

Students in my mobile and social media journalism course at Ithaca College are experimenting with Google Glass. Teams of students developed ideas for Google Glass apps and explored ways in which Glass could be used to produce content. Launched last year, Glass is basically a small, wearable computer. Right now, the only way to purchase Glass is through an invite [&hellip

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New Course: Mobile and Social Media Journalism
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Twitter. Facebook. Instagram. Vine. These are some of the social media tools altering how journalists do their jobs and how people consume news today. This semester I will be teaching a course I developed, mobile and social media journalism. My professional background as a journalist and my research focused on social media have come together to shape this new course. [&hellip

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That’s a Wrap: Student Work from Visual Journalism Course

My first semester at Ithaca College wrapped up this week. It was a memorable one. Students in my visual journalism course were engaged and inquisitive, and provided a few good laughs along our journey this semester. They canvassed the Ithaca community, reporting on topics ranging from transgender hormone therapy and military service dogs to eco-friendly fashion and food truck regulations. [&hellip

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