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. We hope you are as excited about the semester as we are.

Here are a few reminders on tasks that you should complete in Week 2.  We want to make sure that we’re all on the same page as we enter our second week. If you missed our first class meeting, please jump on board right away. You cannot wait until our next class meeting to do so. 

By Friday (Aug. 26), you should have completed the following two tasks. If you haven’t, please get them done asap.

Join Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ipadjournosfall2016/)

Complete technology survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ipadjournos2016)

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

On Tuesday (Aug. 30):

As explained on Thursday, there will be no class meeting on Aug. 30. Instead you need to check out your iPad reporting kit between 9 and 10 a.m. with John Geerdes in Temple 1120. Missing to check out your iPad kit during that time will be counting as an absence in class. Bring your Apple username and ID on Tuesday, so you can activate the iPad 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/

Explore your iPad. Have some fun with it!

Find a teammate (most of you have done that in class on Thursday; otherwise use our Facebook Group) and develop your Social Media Critique (see assignment description). Go to the Facebook Group and under “Files” write your names and the news organization you chose. It’s a good idea for you to get things started during class time on Tuesday. You can use the classroom. If the classroom is locked, please see Frances Lynch in the Robertson School front office to open it for you. Please e-mail your presentation link to both instructors by the end of Wednesday (Aug. 31) and be ready to present in class on Thursday (Sept. 1).

The last day to add or drop the class in on Wednesday (Aug. 31).

On Thursday (Sept. 1):

Be ready to present your Social Media Critique in class. Also, before class please 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 instructors @marcusmessner and @vivianmedina. Tweet at least once every day from Thursday 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.

In class, also present your first story pitch with your teammate. Pitch your story idea in less than 30 seconds. Be ready to answer questions on how you will get the story done and have a backup plan in case your idea is not accepted.

After Thursday’s class:

After class on Thursday, create a Facebook page. You can use your existing Facebook account and create the page from there. We will give additional instructions on Thursday. 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.

After class on Thursday, also sign up for the “cool tools and apps presentation” under Files in our Facebook Group. Also let us 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 Week 2, you need to have a professional online presence with personal content hidden behind privacy settings on Facebook and Twitter.

Readings for Week 2:

Best Practices for Journalists on Facebook

Best practices for journalists (Twitter)

The Rules and Pitfalls of Using Twitter as a Reporting Tool

Twitter and Social Media Resources

Twitter’s most influential political journalists

Social Media Usage: 2005-2015

News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2016

The Evolving Role of News on Twitter and Facebook


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