This is an undergraduate journalism class at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Mass Communications. “MASC 491 – Mobile and Social Media Journalism” is an intensive special topics seminar offered by Dr. Marcus Messner in the spring semester 2013, in which undergraduate journalism students utilize online social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to report on important events and issues.
The class also runs an innovative technology project in cooperation with VCU’s Center for Teaching Excellence. Each student in the class uses an iPad as a learning and reporting tool for the duration of the semester. It is also supported by a Knight News Challenge Bridge grant by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. As a media partner of the class, WTVR CBS 6 provides social media expertise as well as a publishing platform for the student work. HASTECH, the Technology Services Support of VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences, provides the technology backup for the project.
In this class, students apply the theories and concepts of mobile technology and online social networking to journalism. They learn to identify compelling story ideas and effectively break news on social media and blogs. The course integrates journalism skills and concepts from previous writing and reporting classes and adapt them to the social media and mobile environments. Students develop their own social media portfolios as well as build online communities around the various platforms.
Follow the project’s Twitter feed under @ipadjournos. You can also follow class discussions and other musings as well as the students’ reporting projects under the hashtag #ipadjournos on Twitter. Please also “like” the project’s Facebook page and follow the Tumblr page.
The following are stories about this mobile and social media reporting project:
For questions about the class, please e-mail Dr. Marcus Messner.