That’s A Wrap!

As we wrap up the semester, think about how much you’ve accomplished — and the fun along the way! This is a good time to reflect upon our course goals:

  • Effectively use social media for newsgathering, dissemination, and audience engagement.
  • Research and locate reliable information from social media to enhance your reporting, and at the same time, identify misleading and unbalanced content.
  • Gain the technical skills of mobile newsgathering through the use of mobile devices and apps to gather, produce, and distribute news content.
  • Create and enhance your own professional brand on social media platforms.
  • Become an engaged and active participant of the online community of the beat that you have chosen.
  • Receive HootSuite Certification, an industry-leading standard.
  • Use HootSuite analytics and other platforms to monitor and analyze social media engagement and success.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of mobile and social media strategies and policies in news organizations.
  • Understand the public’s active role in the news production process, and the resulting impact on journalism.
  • Understand the flexibility, innovativeness, and entrepreneurial spirit needed to be successful in this evolving industry.

Week #13 To-Do List

Complete the following items by 11:59 p.m., Saturday April 19:

  • Review your website and social media platforms. As part of your social media portfolio grade, I’ll conduct a final audit of your online brand.
  • Both blog posts should be related to your beat. Share blog entries via Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, and your professional Facebook page.

Reminders:

Week #12 To-Do List

We’re in the homestretch! Remember, your final story and Storify are due by the start of class Monday, April 14.

Below are the items you’re required to share while producing your final story. These must be spread out during the newsgathering and production process. (You will not receive full credit if you post these items after you’ve completed the story. Remember, we’re subscribing to the concept of “journalism as process.”)

  • At least four tweets related to your story. Remember to @mention and use hashtags when possible. The goal is to engage your social media audience. Ideas we’ve discussed: tell them what you’re working on, provide a behind-the-scenes look, ask a question about the story. Give your audience meaningful information.
  • Produce one video promoting your story (you choose the app this time), and then share on your social media platforms.
  • Two Instagram photos: share to Twitter and your professional Facebook page.

Other items:

  • Mike O’Neill (mikeoneill76), IC’s social media strategist, will be talking with you on Wednesday. Attendance will be taken. Tweet his discussion.
  • Continue working on your personal (start April 14) and group presentations (start April 25).

 

Week #11 To-Do List

Complete the following items by 11:59 p.m., Saturday April 5 :

  • Read the following sections of Pew’s State of the News Media report: Overview, The Revenue Picture for American Journalism (first page only), and The Growth in Digital Reporting & What It Means for News (first page only). Be ready to discuss on Monday.
  • Two blog posts: one related to your beat. In the second post, reflect upon Pew’s State of the News Media report. Share both posts to your SM platforms. I encourage you to use the hashtag for the Pew report (#StateofMedia).
  • Take part in a tweet chat related to either your beat or journalism. Plan accordingly; check the schedule of chats (This is not an exhaustive list. I also recommend doing a Google search to see if there’s a chat related to your beat). This article lists the journalism chats. You must respond to at least two questions asked by the moderator. Engage! Retweet, reply, and follow people you find interesting.
  • Create a Storify of the tweet chat, and submit the link to the appropriate thread on our Facebook page.
  • Complete the HootSuite Certified Professional Exam. Once you pass, add your name to the HootSuite directory and let your SM followers know that you are now @HootSuite certified. Remember to add the certification to your resume. You will submit the link to your HootSuite directory page, indicating that you’ve passed the exam.
  • Trish LaMonte (@TrishLaMonte), director of digital operations for the Syracuse Media Group, and Katie Kramer (@KatieKrames), web and mobile producer/SMO specialist for Syracuse.com, will chat with us via Skype. Live tweet our discussion with them.

Below are the items you’re required to share while producing your final story. These must be spread out during the newsgathering and production process. (You will not receive full credit if you post these items after you’ve completed the story. Remember, we’re subscribing to the concept of “journalism as process.”)

  • At least four tweets related to your story. Remember to @mention and use hashtags when possible. The goal is to engage your social media audience. Ideas we’ve discussed: tell them what you’re working on, provide a behind-the-scenes look, ask a question about the story. Give your audience meaningful information.
  • Produce one video promoting your story (you choose the app this time), and then share on your social media platforms.
  • Two Instagram photos: share to Twitter and your professional Facebook page.

Week #10 To-Do List

Below are the items you’re required to share while producing your third story. These must be spread out during the newsgathering and production process. They must be completed by the time you submit your story on Friday,  March 28. (You will not receive full credit if you post these items after you’ve completed the story. Remember, we’re subscribing to the concept of “journalism as process.”)

  • At least four tweets related to your story. Remember to @mention and use hashtags when possible. The goal is to engage your social media audience. Ideas we’ve discussed: tell them what you’re working on, provide a behind-the-scenes look, ask a question about the story. Give your audience meaningful information.
  • Produce one video using the Videolicious app. Upload it to YouTube, and then share on your social media platforms.
  • Two Instagram photos: share to Twitter and your professional Facebook page.

Complete the following items by 11:59 p.m., Saturday March 29 :

  • Create a Storify with the items mentioned above.  Submit the Storify link to the appropriate thread on our Facebook page.
  • At least two tweets about Ed Tech Day. Promote our coverage by directing social media followers to our live blog. Use #edtech14.

Complete the following items by 11:59 p.m., Saturday April 5 :

  • Take part in a tweet chat related to either your beat or journalism. Plan accordingly; check the schedule of chats (This is not an exhaustive list. I also recommend doing a Google search to see if there’s a chat related to your beat). This article lists the journalism chats. You must respond to at least two questions asked by the moderator. Engage! Retweet, reply, and follow people you find interesting.
  • Create a Storify of the tweet chat, and submit the link to the appropriate thread on our Facebook page.

Week #9 To-Do List

Welcome back from spring break! Complete the following items by 11:59 p.m., Saturday March 22 :

Below are the items you’re required to share while producing your third story. These must be spread out during the newsgathering and production process. They must be completed by Friday,  March 28. (You will not receive full credit if you post these items after you’ve completed the story. Remember, we’re subscribing to the concept of “journalism as process.”)

  • At least four tweets related to your story. Remember to @mention and use hashtags when possible. The goal is to engage your social media audience. Ideas we’ve discussed: tell them what you’re working on, provide a behind-the-scenes look, ask a question about the story. Give your audience meaningful information.
  • Produce one video using the Videolicious app. Upload it to YouTube, and then share on your social media platforms.
  • Two Instagram photos: share to Twitter and your professional Facebook page.

Week #7 To-Do List

Below are the items you’re required to share while producing your second story. These must be spread out during the newsgathering and production process. They must be completed by Friday, March 7.

  • At least four tweets related to your story. Remember to @mention and use hashtags when possible. The goal is to engage your social media audience. Ideas we’ve discussed: tell them what you’re working on, provide a behind-the-scenes look, ask a question about the story.
  • Produce one video using the Videolicious app. Upload it to YouTube, and then share on your social media platforms.
  • Two Instagram photos: share to Twitter and your professional Facebook page.

Complete the following items by 11:59 p.m., Saturday March 8 :

  • Create a Storify with the items mentioned above.  Submit the Storify link to the appropriate thread on our Facebook page.
  • Sign up for a live blogging shift for Ed Tech Day.
  • Complete the analytics log sheet.
  • No requirement this week on the number of tweets or activity on your other social media platforms. By now you should be engaging frequently, and I hope the process is becoming more “organic.”

Week #6 To-Do List

Complete the following items by 11:59 p.m., Saturday March 1 :

  • Both blog posts should be related to your beat. Share blog entries via Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, and your professional Facebook page.
  • Complete the analytics log sheet.
  • Tweet at least 12 times. In addition, make sure you’re retweeting, replying , and using hashtags on a regular basis—important for engagement.
  • Give a #FF shout-out to at least three people related to your beat; mention the reason you’re giving them a #FF.

Below are the items you’re required to share while producing your second story. These must be spread out during the newsgathering and production process. They must be completed by Friday, March 7.

  • At least four tweets related to your story. Remember to @mention and use hashtags when possible. The goal is to engage your social media audience. Ideas we’ve discussed: tell them what you’re working on, provide a behind-the-scenes look, ask a question about the story.
  • Produce one video using the Videolicious app. Upload it to YouTube, and then share on your social media platforms.
  • Two Instagram photos: share to Twitter and your professional Facebook page.

Ithaca Journalism Students Experiment with Google Glass

Students in the 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. Pick your favorite idea below!

Launched last year, Glass is basically a small, wearable computer. Right now, the only way to purchase Glass is through an invite from Google. About a dozen faculty and staff members at IC were invited to be beta testers, known as Glass Explorers.