Twitter. Facebook. Instagram. Snapchat. These are some of the social media tools altering how journalists do their jobs and how people consume news today. This course prepares you to evaluate and use social media and mobile devices as professional journalists. By the end of the course, you will have the fundamental mobile and social media skills that news organizations are seeking from today’s journalists. You will build your own professional social media brand and produce a portfolio of stories using social media and mobile devices/apps.
Complete the following items by Wednesday, Sept. 6:
- Review the syllabus
- Request to be added to our course Facebook page
- Follow Ithaca Week on Facebook and Twitter
- Read the Preface and Chapters 1-3. Tweet two items you found interesting from the book and let us know why. Use our course hashtag #ICParkSM. The book handle is @MobileJourn, in case you want to include that in a tweet.
- Complete Hootsuite Academy: The Fundamentals of Using Hootsuite
- Based on your classmate’s audit of your social media, begin to clean up anything that doesn’t reflect who you are in a positive light.
- Set-up BrandYourself.com account and review results
- Create a short bio for your social media profiles and a longer version for your website and LinkedIn page. Bring these to class Wednesday. You’ll get feedback from classmates.
- Choose a beat/niche you would like to cover this semester. This should be an area that you plan on pursuing in your journalism career. The goal is to carry your expertise and brand you build in this class with you when entering the workforce.
- I recommend subscribing to e-newsletters from the following (these are also listed on the Resources page and in the book):
In addition, on my Twitter account, I’ve created a Mobile/Social Journalism list of people who share useful content related to the use of mobile devices and social media in journalism. You’re welcome to subscribe to any of my lists.