Book Release: Guide to Mobile and Social Media Journalism

My book focused on the use of mobile devices and social media in journalism will be published in August by SAGE/CQ Press. Mobile and Social Media Journalism: A Practical Guide is the go-to resource for understanding how today’s journalists and news organizations use mobile and social media to gather news, distribute content, and create audience engagement. Checklists and practical activities in every [&hellip

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Ithaca College Journalism Students Cover Inauguration for PBS

A team of 10 Ithaca College journalism students reported on the inauguration of Donald Trump for PBS NewsHour’s social media and digital platforms. My colleague James Rada and I accompanied the students and coordinated coverage with PBS NewsHour. One group of students captured content that was used on PBS NewsHour’s Twitter feed. (Read about NewsHour’s partnership with Twitter to live stream [&hellip

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Mobile Journalism Checklist

Preparation begins well before you head to a story. There’s nothing more frustrating than when something that could have easily been prevented goes wrong in the field. So, don’t wait until you’re in the field to complete this checklist. Store this mobile journalism checklist in your “go” bag. Do you have all the gear you normally use? Mic(s), headphones, monopod, [&hellip

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Mobile Journalism: Snapchat and Digital-First Story Pitches

At the Broadcast Education Association convention in Las Vegas, there was no shortage of discussion about the impact of mobile devices on journalism. Journalism educators are revamping courses and curriculum to prepare students for jobs that will require them to use mobile devices and social media for gathering and producing news. I presented on two topics: the use of Snapchat in [&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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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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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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