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crowdsourcing a university journalism lecture

By on Nov 18, 2008 in academic studies, blogging, blogging techniques, citizen journalism, headshift, journalism, social software | 1 comment

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Today was my first day teaching on the MA International Journalism programme at City University London. In preparation, I’ve been asking my twitter and facebook followers to help me come up with an outline for the lecture and received an almost overwhelming amount of feedback, much of it very useful indeed.

I asked, in various ways, what I should show journalism students – some of them already accomplished journalists in their own right – from the worlds of blogging and social media. My session, the first of four I’ll be teaching between now and the end of the Spring term, was tentatively billed as an introduction to "social media journalism" or, depending on who you might have asked, "social networking for journalists".

Anyway, here’s the helpful advice that my twitter followers shared (I’ve not posted the facebook responses, of which there were at least a dozen, because they are essential private where as all of these come up in a public tweet search). Thanks to all those who helped!

 

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        egrommet: @Cybersoc
yay! say hello from sunny Cardiff. we’re using all the things you
suggested yesterday plus Mento to allow team chat on bookmark

 
   
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        noodlepie: @Cybersoc I guess you chose to start with Twitter :) Go teacher !
 
   
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        hazel: @Cybersoc, I’m sure they will learn a lot from you :-)
 
   
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        eamonncarey: @Cybersoc fun and games. there’s nothing like standing in front of a class and hoping that you can keep them interested and entertained!
 
   
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        paulmartinsmith: @Cybersoc
I’d start with the why – ‘why is social enterprise technology and its
use important’ – sets context for what follows, grip em ;)

 
   
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        kittenhotep: @cybersoc
even s’thing as simple as comments on a news article – facts checked by
audience/corrected by journalist = relationship developed.

 
   
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        kittenhotep: @cybersoc
even s’thing as simple as comments on a news article – facts checked by
audience/corrected by journalist = relationshop developed

 
   
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        arvind: @Cybersoc I would start with delicious, easy for people to understand bookmarks (old school), and gets them into tags (new school)…
 
   
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        lorrvid: @Cybersoc show them ping.fm it links the whole lot lol
 
   
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        hrheingold: @Cybersoc RSS, pipes, map mashups (Chicagocrime), widgets (Sproutbuilder is nice way to intro), delicious
 
   
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        kittenhotep: @cybersoc
would also point out examples of citizen journalism, but perhaps not in
1st lecture. Also, how news spreads in SM/long tail, etc.

 
   
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        kittenhotep: @cybersoc
all of the above, and maybe throw in something about how new/social
media is shaping journalism (Christian Science Monitor, etc).

 
   
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        jeton: @Cybersoc I suggest you just skip Facebook . ;)
 
   
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        monkeywatcher: @Cybersoc learn them what RSS is and how to use it (monitoring, alerts, aggregators,…).That’s something they don’t teach us at our univ
 
   
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        Coneee: @mjgprod @cybersoc is running a social media course. That means students should learn twitter/facebook/blogs. @cksthree ha, shut up! :P
 
   
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        varagic: @Cybersoc, you can check/ask students for their blogs, twitters, FB, myspace, youtube…
 
   
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        djwaters1: @cybersoc Social media: Share the connection.
 
   
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        djwaters1: @cybersoc It’s not who you connect to, it’s to whom you connect that matters
 
   
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        djwaters1: @Cybersoc It’s not who connects to you, it to whom you connect that matters.
 
   
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        Coneee: @Cybersoc
they should learn that you can start getting involved in new media
_now_. It takes ten minutes to start a blog/twitter/portfolio.

 
   
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        KristineLowe: @Cybersoc In short, they should learn how to search, harness and behave on social web
 
   
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        KristineLowe: @Cybersoc my stab at starting to explain journos and socialmedia, with useful links, edited since first posted: http://tinyurl.com/6rkg24 (expand)
 
   
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        davy_sims: @Cybersoc – sometimes the basics are worth repeating.
 
   
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        davy_sims: @Cybersoc I know it’s v basic but I was lecturing a group of 2nd yr students who were taken aback by the idea "The Audience comes 1st"
 
   
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        hansenism: @cybersoc Short on idea front (obviously they needed a new teacher) but fun that you’re teaching a class I used to take! Be good to them!
 
   
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        HoratioNelson: @Cybersoc How to use RSS for newsgathering and syndication…
 
   
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        christ0ph: @Cybersoc responding to comments and consider coments as something good rather than something bad
 
   
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        christ0ph: @Cybersoc RSS and Pipes
 
   
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        browncowproject: @Cybersoc
When was in education I used to think I was the only one planning
lessons on the hoof. But tweeting for lesson plans is genius.

 
   
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        KristineLowe: @Cybersoc
Show them the importance of the world wide social web and its
impact/relevance to journalism. My group today only did Facebooking

 
   
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        kittenhotep: Cute moment of connection confluence: after adding @cybersoc (Hey Robin!) on twitter, he adds me on flickr, & I find him on linkedin. Nerds!
 
   
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        charlotteclark: @Cybersoc The importance of the net and Blogs.we met some today who didnt seem to know much about it.or that was my impression.
 
   
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        amonck: @cybersoc they’ll just be happy to see you!
 
   
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        gktwtr: @Cybersoc Who are the students?
 
   
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