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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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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New Course: Mobile and Social Media Journalism
Social media photo

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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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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Improving your social media brand

There are a number of ways job seekers can improve their social media profiles to ensure they stand out (in a positive way!) to potential employers. I share the following tips with my students before they go on the job market. If you’re recently unemployed, you may also find these recommendations helpful. Social media has changed the job search process–even [&hellip

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New parents’ Facebook use not surprising

A study published in the July 2012 issue of the journal Family Relations is the first to investigate new parents’ use of Facebook. The results are not all that surprising. If you spend even a small amount of time on Facebook, you are bound to see parents boasting about their bundles of joy. The photos shortly after birth or even [&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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