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Mojo Checklist

Preparation begins well before you head to a story. There’s nothing more frustrating than when something that could have easily been prevented goes wrong in the field. So, don’t wait until you’re in the field to complete this checklist. Store this mobile journalism checklist in your “go” bag.

  • Do you have all the gear you normally use? Mic(s), headphones, monopod, etc.
  • Do you have enough memory on your device(s)? Check your device settings for this information.
  • Are your devices charged? What about your portable charger? Did you remember your car charger?
  • Do you have batteries for equipment that needs them?
  • Do you have all the cords for your devices?
  • Do you have all the social media and production apps on your phone that you’ll need to get the job done?
  • Have you tested the mic(s) you plan on using?
  • Have you searched for locations where you can tap into wi-fi, if you need it? Certain apps pinpoint on a map where public wi-fi spots are located.
  • Recharge and repack as soon as you get home or back to the newsroom!

 

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Welcome to Mobile and Social Media Journalism!

Twitter. Facebook. Instagram. Vine. 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. My classes are less “lecture” and more discussions, critiques, and drills. You will learn by “doing.” You will build your own professional social media brand and produce a portfolio of stories using social media and mobile devices/apps.

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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.

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.

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.”

Facebook Privacy Settings

Here’s how to ensure your personal Facebook page has the proper settings:

Privacy Settings

  • Who can see my stuff? Friends
  • Who can look you up using the email address you provided? Friends or Friends of Friends
  • Who can look you up using the phone number you provided? Friends or Friends of Friends
  • Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline? Off

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Welcome!

Twitter. Facebook. Instagram. Vine. 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. My classes are less “lecture” and more discussions, critiques, and drills. You will learn by “doing.” You will build your own professional social media brand and produce a portfolio of stories using social media and mobile devices/apps.

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