Social Media Enters Academia

Academic Twitter
Photo based on works by klinslis and Mike Licht on Twitter

Alfred Hermida at MediaShift has kicked off a series on how schools are teaching digital journalism, starting with the line, “Social media is such a new phenomenon that it is easy for someone to claim to be an expert in the subject.”

So true.

Please read the article to get some fascinating tidbits. Here are a few lessons being taught.

  • How to use Twitter to enhance beat reporting
  • Social media is not another tool to just distribute stories, it’s for conversation
  • Social media can help develop story ideas
  • Etiquette–as in, don’t blatantly post a message seeking information
  • How to evaluate and manage your online reputation
  • Online collaboration

How to Teach Social Media in Journalism Schools

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