The topic for my journalism lab tomorrow is Social Media. This Soundslides presentation made by one of my former JOUR3410 students, Lizzy Nephew, provides a nice overview.
A post from last summer to my Duke TIP digital media blog also provides some useful links that provide a broad overview about social media, and how journalists are using social media. I’ll also be giving a modified version of a presentation I gave last fall, “Stories From and For ‘Followers’ and ‘Friends:’ How to Find, Report, Distribute and Promote News on Social Media Sites.”
In lab, students will be asked to start following local organizations, people and media outlets and to find an idea on Twitter that could be turned into a news article. Later in the semester, students will be asked to put their newly acquired knowledge into action through a Social Networking Story assignment. Students will have to use Social Media to, that’s right—find, report, distribute and promote a news story.
Below are just a few recent examples of recent tweets of how news outlets are using social media as a reporting tool.
SM as Reporting Tool
We are seeking witnesses to the Ga. Tech stabbing. Contact us at 404-526-7550 or firstname.lastname@example.org #GT
Any Toyota owners out there who’ve had recall problems? We’d like to hear from you. DM or email@example.com
Good morning! Our Daily Google Wave is live! Topic of discussion: Obama’s 1st year, and the Mass. vote today. http://bit.ly/7dAuVl
Party on! Today’s Daily Google Wave is about the Golden Globes — get on and gossip with us: http://bit.ly/4PK4IP
Our Haiti Twitter list. http://bit.ly/4UEF32
If you’ve got weather-related news or closings, message us. #atlsnow
In addition to the Social Networking Story assignment, students in my Lab are producing a local teen page.
Here are three examples of possible teen page stories discovered through Twitter:
More kids failing AP tests http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2010-02-04-1Aapscores04_ST_N.htm
Should be an exciting lab tomorrow!