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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WDBJ Shooting: The Ugly Side of Social Media

The horrific shootings of WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and videojournalist Adam Ward have exposed an ugly side of social media. Bryce Williams, a former WDBJ employee, shot dead Parker and Ward during a live report on the Roanoke station’s morning newscast. Moments later, the gunman turned to Twitter and Facebook, where he posted his own video clips of the shootings. [&hellip

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Social Media Policy Study Presented at AEJMC Conference

A Survey of Social Media Policies in U.S. Television Newsrooms, co-authored with Syracuse University journalism professor Suzanne Lysak, focuses on how the use of social media by journalists raises new ethical and professional dilemmas. As a result, news outlets are implementing policies addressing what is and what is not permitted on social media platforms. I presented the paper at the [&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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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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Educator. Mobile and Social Media. Journalist.

Anthony Adornato is an assistant professor of journalism at Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications. Adornato specializes in teaching and researching mobile and social media journalism. He is the author of Mobile and Social Media Journalism: A Practical Guide (SAGE/CQ Press). An award-winning communications professional, Adornato worked for 15 years in the journalism, digital media, and public relations fields. [&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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Uncharted Territory on the Information Superhighway – and in the Courtroom

Blogs raise many challenging legal issues, including those involving defamation, privacy, and the legal definition of a blogger. From a legal perspective, emerging new media, which includes blogs, is rapidly evolving. The law has yet to catch up with the pace of new media and the issues they present. Courts handling new media cases have attempted to apply preexisting laws, [&hellip

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