Reflections from CJS’s “What We Learned Teaching Social Media” webcast

I recently chanced upon a webcast hosted by the Columbia Journalism School (@columbiajourn) on “What We Learned Teaching Social Media.” The syllabus for the graduate-level class is available for reference. The speakers were some of the best in the business:

Having organized workshops for journalism students at the University of Washington on social media, I was interested to find out how other people are engaging student journalists and helping them discover the potential for social media in journalism.

During the conversation I asked via Twitter (hashtag: #cjsoc), “What’s the best way to teach social media to student journalists?” Jennifer Preston said she likes to have students work on a specific project or Tweet a specific event. Examples she used were election coverage and the aftermath of Haiti. I was reminded of the students in Prof. Roger Simpson’s class who live-Tweeted President Obama’s visit to boost Sen. Patty Murray’s re-election campaign.

Preston said the class debriefs after the event by having volunteers share their feeds and discussing what worked and what didn’t.

Each class also develops a list of social-media guidelines.

The shared syllabus is a wealth of resources and I encourage everyone to take a look at it. It includes tools, links to articles about journalism and social media, and links to case studies. It also includes links to articles about etiquette and metrics.

A few notable examples in the syllabus:

1. Examples of journalists using Twitter (http://sreetips.tumblr.com/post/87435969/twitter):

2. @mashable’s Twitter guide: twitter.mashable.com

3. See a collection of 80+ social-media policies, compiled by SocialMediaGovernance.com

4. 8 ways to use social media in the newsroom (by J.D. Lasica and Barbara Iverson)

5. The emergence of location.

6. Journalists in the social media ecosystem: Journalist as curator, as community manager

7. What is a personal brand and why it is important (Poynter – Lavrusik)

8. 10 Commandments of Twitter Etiquette

9. How much of your life is too much to share online? (Verne Kopytoff,
S.F Chronicle, April 27, 2009)

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Twitter for Communication Research and Information

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Last year I wrote a post called Twitter 101 for Educators. Since then, Twitter use by educators has really taken off. Hashtags such as #highered, #educause, #edchat and #edtech are widely used.

But I think in the academic realm, Twitter is underutilized for research and collaboration. For this reason I put together a Prezi called “Twitter for Research and Information” as part of a presentation to University of Washington Department of Communication graduate students and included people that communication researchers might wish to follow.

For example, I started with the National Communication Association (@NatComm) Twitter feed and from there looked at the follower list (unfortunately @NatComm hasn’t created any of its own lists yet). I did find one other user when I clicked on the #nca2010 hashtag – during the event will be a great time to find more people to follow using this hashtag – and also found a list as I went through the followers, which was called teamrhetoric. It was then that I realized #teamrhetoric is also used as a hashtag and found quite a few more Twitter users that way.

This process does take some time, but it should give you a great start on finding followers with whom you can collaborate and share research ideas.

Are you using Twitter for research? Please share your experiences.