Posts Tagged ‘Teaching Social Media’

Digital & Social Media Literacy

July 17, 2012

For the next two weeks, I’m teaching a college-level “Digital & Social Media Literacy” course to high school juniors and seniors through the University’s Pre-College Summer Program.  I decided to create a public blog for the course that can serve as a resource and area of discussion for others interested in the areas of digital media literacy, social media literacy or just digital & social media in general.  I’ll continue to add content to the site throughout the year, after the summer course ends.  I’m teaching a special topics course on Social Media at the University of Hartford next spring and the blog will be a resource and starting point for students enrolled in that course as well.  I’d encourage you to check out the blog and join the conversation.

For the course, I decided to focus the first week on “thinking” about digital & social media, exploring themes, concepts and ideas of digital & social media literacy, disruption and displacement, impact on traditional media, social networks, social media, youth culture, and participatory culture.  I gleaned ideas for readings and assignments from the work of communication scholars Howard Rheingold, Serena Carpenter, and Greg Downey and past syllabi of “social media” courses taught by Barry Hollander and Karen Russell here at UGA.

The second week of my course will focus more on “doing,” the creation and consumption of content through forms and platforms of digital and social media. I’ve been teaching some form of these “week two” assignments, through my “Media & Message: Communicating in the Digital Age” Duke TIP @ UGA summer course, or through my News Editing course, the past three years.  I would be remiss if I did not mention the work of Mark Johnson in advancing the teaching of digital literacies here in the Grady College the past few years.

Developing Digital & Social Media literacies are important and I’m honored to have the opportunity to join others in advancing the cause through teaching and scholarship.

Teaching Social Media in Journalism Lab

February 16, 2010

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 #GT


Blog post: We printed local #SOTU tweets on page 10 today. Here’s a sample


Any Toyota owners out there who’ve had recall problems? We’d like to hear from you. DM or


Good morning! Our Daily Google Wave is live! Topic of discussion: Obama’s 1st year, and the Mass. vote today.


Party on! Today’s Daily Google Wave is about the Golden Globes — get on and gossip with us:


Twitter helps 2 journalists get their contacts: @epurser in Haiti: and @bydanielvictor in Pennsylvania:


Our Haiti Twitter list.


RT @PostWorldNews Tweet us your ?s for Hillary #Clinton on #terrorism. John Pomfret is on her 9-day western Pacific trip & may use them.


Talk to The Times: Business reporter @MickiMaynard, who covers autos and airlines, is taking your questions.


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


RT @NielsenWire: American teens use 3,146 text messages/month, over 10 mesages every hour they aren’t sleeping/in school.


@graybs13 @yogasprouts works with young kids( about 2)- teenagers.

Should be an exciting lab tomorrow!