Tasks for Week 2

Thanks for a great start into our semester on Thursday! It was nice getting to know all of you at our first class meeting. I hope you are as excited about the semester as I am.

Here are a few reminders on tasks that you should have completed at the latest by the end of Tuesday (Sept. 1).  I want to make sure that we’re all on the same page as we enter our second week.

Complete the technology survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ipadjournos2015

Join our Facebook group for the class: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ipadjournosfall2015/

Bring your Apple username and ID to class on Tuesday, so you can activate the iPad I will give you for the semester. This is the same login information as for your iTunes account. If you do not have an Apple account, you need to get one here (it’s free): https://appleid.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MyAppleId.woa/

And here’s what’s ahead in our second week:

On Tuesday (Sept. 1):

Present your refined story pitch in class. You will have 30 seconds to make your pitch.

Create a Twitter account (or use your existing one) and send a welcome tweet that includes the hashtag #ipadjournos. Also start following our class feed @ipadjournos and your instructor @marcusmessner. Tweet at least once every day from Tuesday on (except weekends and holidays) for the rest of the semester. For now tweet about news you find interesting and want to share with us as well as all things related to journalism.

Create a Facebook page. You can use your existing Facebook account and create the page from there. I will give additional instructions on Tuesday. Also “like” our class iPadJournos Facebook page (you can search for it). Also “like” the page Journalists on Facebook. Post regularly on your Facebook page as well from now on.

Follow news related to the bike race on Richmond.com and WTVR.com every day.

And last but not least: Explore your iPad. Have some fun with it!

On Thursday (Sept. 3):

Present your final pitch in our editorial meeting with Scott Wise from CBS 6. Once signed off, start reporting your first news package.

Sign up for the “cool tools and apps presentation” as well as the “social media critique” assignment on the Facebook files in our group. Also let me know your Twitter handle there and the link to your Facebook page (plus your e-mail and phone number).

Clean up your existing social media accounts. By the end of this week, you need to have a professional online presence with personal content hidden behind privacy settings on Facebook and Twitter.

Upcoming deadlines

Social media portfolio 1 due Sept. 3
Full first story pitch to CBS 6 due in class on Sept. 3
Social media critique due Sept. 8
News package 1 due Sept. 10

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