This course critically examines how journalists and news organizations are using emerging forms of social media and mobile platforms. Students gain hands-on experience by experimenting with social media and mobile devices for newsgathering, distribution, and audience engagement. Students produce a portfolio of multimedia stories and build their own professional journalistic brand. An emphasis is placed on critically assessing the credibility and authenticity of user-generated content. Students will also learn how to use analytics tools to monitor and analyze the effectiveness of their mobile and social media activity.
Use this guide to find professional readings to keep abreast of changes in the field, find research about journalism and social media, sources of data to find trends, a list of experimental news labs, instructions to find wire services, and a sample list of Social Media Guidelines. Email me with suggestions!