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’s Impact on Editorial Decisions in TV News

My nationwide survey of news directors at network affiliate television stations explores the impact social media is having on editorial and production decisions related to newscasts. I recently presented the research paper in Montreal at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Key Findings Popular, or trending, content and topics on social media are [&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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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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