Tomorrow will be the second of the four lecture and workshop sessions I'm scheduled to deliver on the City University MA in International Journalism course during the 2008/9 academic year.
I've given plenty of one off lectures at universities in the past but I having to come up with four distinctly different – and hopefully interesting, engaging, intellectually challenging and memorable – topics for lectures, much less turning them into proper presentations, is a bit daunting. Add to to that the two one hour workshops, one for broadcast students and the other for print students, and we're talking at least two, and potentially three, hours of different content each time. That's a whopping 12 hours of social media goodness to come up with, format, and present to a group of MA level journalism students. Not easy.
For the last lecture I asked my twitter followers to help me hone in on the most important topics. I then pebble blasted the students with a broad tour of the social media landscape, focused on the things that I thought might be useful for journalists. This time, I'm going to focus on finding contacts, content and context online.
- Blog search tools: Technorati, Ice-Rocket, Google Blog Search
- Blog Directories based on geography (Global Voices) or niche topic (see MilBlogging)
- "Blog Rolls" of local bloggers like Manchizzle (Manchester) or St. Albans Blog
- Twitter Search (see also conventions – use of hashtags: #mumbai and @ replies: @cybersoc)
- Advanced Twitter Search and TwitterLocal.net
III. Content Sharing:
- Virginia Tech
- My live blogging of events as they unfolded
- My follow-up post, where I started to ask difficult questions
- Jeff Jarvis: "And so the key skills in a newsroom will not be to get reporters
to the scene — that will come later, after the news happens — but to have antennae up to listen and find news reports as they happen, as people link to what’s happening.
You can’t possibly have enough reporters, editors, producers to do that
on your own. You need to have lots of friends who’ll alert you: When I
put up a link here to something I find compelling — or even embed and
broadcast it here, live — will I also alert CNN? I don’t know. Would
- A warning about hoaxes
- iReport on demise of Steve Jobs sends Apple stock price plumeting
- Burning forest elk in Inverness hoax (Sky and Guardian used it in 2006 related to story in Dorset; CNN iReport in February 2008. According to my source [see link], "The picture was actually taken in 2000 in Bitterroot Forest, Montana, by a fire behaviour analyst called John McColgan."
And, finally, my first attempts at trying to use yahoo pipes to automate the searching, and some of the filtering, of social media content around breaking news. Also, check out Martin Belam's sport related stab at it.
If you have any links that you think would be useful, or advice I should pass on with relation to the above outline, please let me know. During the workshops I'm planning on having the students actually do some social media searching themselves and start aggregating it using xfruits and yahoo pipes.