Monthly Archives: February 2016

Week #6 To-Do List

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

  • Both blog posts should be related to your beat. Share blog entries via Twitter, LinkedIn, and your professional Facebook page.
  • Complete the analytics log sheet.
  • Tweet at least 12 times. In addition, make sure you’re re-tweeting, replying , and using hashtags on a regular basis—important for engagement.
  • Give a #FF (or #FollowFriday) 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 11.

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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 26.

  • At least four tweets. 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.
  • Video tease: share to Twitter and your professional Facebook page
  • Two photos: share to Twitter and your professional Facebook page

Package #1:

  • 550-600 word story
  • Gallery with at least four images
  • Video (1-1:30 minutes)

Complete the following items by 11:59 p.m., Saturday, February 27:

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Week #4 To-Do List

We’re rockin’ and rollin’. Keep up the good work. Remember, we will not have class Wednesday or Friday. Follow #ICatSCPrimary for our journalism students’ coverage of the South Carolina Republican primary for NBC News. Complete the following items by 11:59 p.m., Saturday February 20:

  • Two blog posts: both related to your beat.
  • Share both blog entries via Twitter, professional Facebook page, and LinkedIn.
  • Comment on one of your classmate’s blog posts.
  • LinkedIn: Endorse at least five people, and write one recommendation.
  • If you haven’t done so already, add the Twitter widget to your website.
  • Tweet at least 10 additional times about your beat and/or class-related material. Remember, tweets must be spread out during the week.

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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 13:

  • 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.
  • Park School alumnus Aaron Edwards will chat with us Monday via Skype. Read about Aaron and follow him on Twitter (@aaronmedwards). Also, read this article he recently wrote for NiemanLab.
  • Using #ICParkSM, tweet at least twice during Aaron’s discussion.
  • Review the blogging tip sheet and rubric posted to Sakai.
  • Blog posts: one related to your beat. Another post must focus on Aaron’s discussion.
  • Share both blog entries via your social media platforms.
  • Create a Twitter list that includes at least 20 sources 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 15.