Monthly Archives: February 2014

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.

Week #5 To-Do List

Below are the items you’re required to share while producing your first package. These must be spread out during the newsgathering and production process. They must be completed by Friday, February 21.

  • 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.
  • Vine video: share to Twitter and Facebook
  • Two Instagram photos: share to Twitter and your Facebook page

Complete the following items by 11:59 p.m., Saturday February 22 :

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Displaying a Static Homepage in WordPress

Here’s a way to set up your WordPress site so that posts don’t show up on the homepage. You may want, for example, visitors to see your “About” page when they first come to your site, instead of your latest posts. Here’s how:

  • Go to Appearance—>Customize—>Front. Under Front Page Display, choose “A Static Page.” Then choose “About” for your Front Page. Don’t make any selection in the spot where you’re supposed to indicate where your blog posts go.
  • Go to Posts—>Categories. This is where you want to add your Categories.
  • Go to Appearance—>Menus. Now select the Categories on the left-hand side and bring them over to the Menu Structure on the right-hand side.
  • After you click “Save,” go up top to Manage Locations. For the Navigation Menu, select “Menu 1” from the drop down.

Now, when you create a post, assign at least one Category. The post will display in the appropriate location(s) in your main navigation. Keep in mind, the main navigation can include a combination of “Categories” and “Pages.”

Week #4 To-Do List

We’re rockin’ and rollin’. Keep up the good work, and remember the importance of meeting deadlines! Complete the following items by 11:59 p.m., Saturday February 15:

  • Two blog posts: one related to your beat. In the second post, reflect upon the readings, particularly We the Media, and how social media is impacting journalism. I will grade this week’s posts. Make sure you review the blog grading criteria.
  • Share both blog entries via Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and LinkedIn.
  • Comment on one of your classmate’s blog posts.
  • Google Plus: Make this profile consistent with those of your other SM platforms. Add me and 10 others to your circles.
  • LinkedIn: Endorse at least five people, and write one recommendation.
  • If you haven’t done so already, add the Twitter widget to your website. I also recommend adding a widget for your professional Facebook page.

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Week #3 To-Do List

At this point you should be spending at least 30 minutes throughout the day monitoring, updating, and engaging on your social media platforms. Monitor our Facebook page and Twitter hashtag on a daily basis. Complete the following items by 11:59 p.m., Saturday February 8 :

  • We’re collaborating with other communications and journalism classes on a social media scavenger hunt. You can work in teams of two. This drill will be graded. Each item is worth 10 points.
  • Sign-up for Storify, which will be used as part of the scavenger hunt.
  • We’ll have a guest speaker in class on Friday. Read about Alexandra Chang and follow her on Twitter (@alexandra_chang).
  • Using #ICParkSM, tweet at least twice during Alexandra’s discussion.
  • Review the blogging tip sheet and rubric posted to Sakai.
  • Blog posts: one related to your beat; post this early in the week.  Your second post must focus on Alexandra’s class discussion.
  • Share both blog entries via your social media platforms.
  • Create a Twitter list that includes at least 20 people related to your beat.
  • Add your social media links to this Google document.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile with your professional photo and bio. Complete at least the following sections: background summary, experience, skills, education, honors/awards, and organizations/groups. Connect with a minimum of 10 people, including me.
  • Be ready to discuss story ideas Monday, February 10.