Using Vine to teach video sequencing

Since the Vine app launched in January 2013, news organizations have been experimenting with it as a tool for audience engagement. Vine lets you record and share short videos–very short. We’re talking six seconds or less. While playing around with Vine after its launch, I had an ‘aha’ moment. I noticed a cool, and unexpected, use of the app: a [&hellip

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1981 TV report about future of online news

This 1981 KRON-TV report about the future of online news has surfaced on social media sites. It’s a must-watch video. The report begins with an anchor saying, “Imagine, if you will, sitting down with your morning coffee, turning on your home computer to read the day’s newspaper.” That probably sounded far-fetched 30 years ago. Who could have predicted the monumental [&hellip

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Verifying social media information

I recently presented “Too Good to Be True?” at the BEA (Broadcast Education Association) Ignite session in Las Vegas. BEA Ignite shares the best enterprise ideas for the classroom. You can view all the Ignite presentations here. This group exercise helps students determine the credibility of social media information. News professionals can also use these tips. We know misinformation can [&hellip

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How do traditional media remain relevant amid all the changes?

Despite the seismic changes fueled by the Internet, and exacerbated by the economic downturn that led to the further erosion of advertisers, mainstream media–management as well as rank and file–have been late to adapt to change. Although journalists typically pride themselves on the ability to adapt to changes throughout a workday, their flexible nature has not been so evident when [&hellip

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MarCom Awards for magazine, new website

The MarCom Awards released its list of 2012 winners. I’m thrilled the judges recognized two projects I’ve spent considerable time getting “off the ground.” The 2012 issue of Snapshots of Impact, the annual magazine of the Burton Blatt Institute  at Syracuse University, received a Platinum Award in the competition. I produce the annual magazine, serving as executive editor and writer, [&hellip

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Reflections from #AEJMC12: Don’t lament the dying of the old way

Conversations about the future of journalism often focus on the demise of the industry. I do not argue with the fact that the industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation, an uncertain future. Digital media has allowed a once passive audience to become active consumers and producers of information. An active audience demands more of journalists, one factor leading to an [&hellip

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Chicago-bound for journalism education conference

I recently learned that my research paper has been accepted for presentation at the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference. My research focuses on journalists’ adoption of new media and the resulting impact on their job routines. Indeed, mass communications has always been influenced by technology, and this is an exciting time to teach and study [&hellip

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Students and ‘aha’ moments

As the quieter summer months take hold, with another academic year behind us, this is the perfect time for reflection. Looking back at what was accomplished always seems to put the daily grind into perspective. One of the great joys of this past semester was teaching budding journalists at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School and Utica College. The semester, for the [&hellip

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Bloggers are journalists — in some cases

Thanks to the recent case involving a blogger who was ordered to pay $2.5 million to an investment firm she wrote about, the evolving debate about bloggers as journalists rages on. The judge in the case ruled Crystal Cox is not entitled to protections afforded to journalists. Courts have not been definitive in their determination of whether bloggers should be [&hellip

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New Media — Don’t Lament the Dying of the ‘Old Way’

The State of the News Media report drives home what we in the communications industry, whether we like it or not, already know: new media provides countless channels for people — who traditionally turned to newspapers, television, and radio for news — to consume information. The resulting impact on the industry has been seismic. But, all should not appear so [&hellip

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