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Portfolio reviews with professionals wrap up the semester

On Thursday, our class wrapped up the semester with the final portfolio review. We met with social media experts to go over our different social media platforms. Some of the experts included Scott Wise, director of interactive media at CBS 6, Shelby Lum Cousino, photographer/videographer at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Maggie McDearmon, a career development adviser at VCU and five other experts. Each student had at least three critiques from different experts. Students presented their social media on iPads and laptops. After presenting our social media accounts, the expert typically gave us some advice on how to improve the platforms. Continue reading

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.  Continue reading

Welcome to MASC 496 – Mobile and Social Media Journalism in the Fall Semester 2016

Welcome to our “MASC 496 – Mobile and Social Media Journalism” capstone class in the 2016 fall semester at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture. This class is also known as the “iPadJournos” project (you will receive an iPad reporting kit for the semester).

This site includes the syllabus, the class schedule, assignment descriptions as well as the reading list and other curricular materials.

We’ll all be working together in learning about, and carrying out, social media projects in journalism. We’ll meet from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room 2221A in the Temple Building. Our class will have its first meeting on Thursday, August 25.

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Tasks for Week 15+16

Here’s how we’ll finish our course.

In Week 15, I will discuss your social media portfolios with you individually. You will have to come by our classroom in Temple 2222 at your assigned time (please be on time!). During the rest of class time, you don’t have to be in class. This will allow me to give you undivided attention and you will be able to use your time efficiently at the end of the semester. Please be ready to showcase your social media platforms to me during your assigned time on your iPad (no more than 5 minutes). This is a presentation test-run, so that I can give you feedback before the final presentation.  Continue reading

Welcome to MASC 496 – Mobile and Social Media Journalism in the Fall Semester 2015

Welcome to our “MASC 496 – Mobile and Social Media Journalism” capstone class in the 2015 fall semester at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture. This class is also known as the “iPadJournos” project (you will receive an iPad reporting kit for the semester).

This site includes the syllabus, the class schedule, assignment descriptions as well as the reading list and other curricular materials.

We’ll all be working together in learning about, and carrying out, social media projects in journalism. We’ll meet from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room 2222 in the Temple Building.

Our class will have its first meeting on Thursday, August 27 (this is later than previously communicated). There will be no class on Thursday, Aug. 20, and Tuesday, Aug. 25. I have received an offer by the International Center for Journalists to train Indian journalists and journalism professors in social media reporting and will not return until Aug. 25. A last minute change in my flights changed the initial schedule for this trip. The Robertson School is of course supporting this opportunity.

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Tasks for Week 1

Thanks for a great start into our semester earlier today! It was nice getting to know all of you at our first class meeting in the Learning Studio. We hope you are as excited about the semester as we are.

Here are a few reminders on tasks that you should have completed by the end of today (Aug. 21).  We 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/s/ipadjournos-fall2014

Join our Facebook group for the class: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ipadjournosfall2014/

Before our next class on Tuesday, please do the following:

Create a Twitter account 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 Tuesday on (except weekends and holidays). 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. We 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.

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

 

Welcome to MASC 496 – Mobile and Social Media Journalism in the Fall 2014!

 

Welcome to the course website for MASC 496 – Mobile and Social Media Journalism in the fall semester 2014 at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture.

This site includes the syllabus, the class schedule, assignment descriptions as well as the reading list and other curricular materials.

We’ll all be working together in learning about, and carrying out, social media projects in journalism. We’ll meet from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room 4110 in the Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Ave..

At our first meeting on Thursday, Aug. 21, we will discuss all aspects of the course and you will receive iPads as learning and reporting tools for the duration of the semester.

There are only three minor things you need to do:

1) Join our Facebook group for the class: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ipadjournosfall2014/

2) Bring your Apple username and ID to class, 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/

3) Fill out a brief technology survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ipadjournos-fall2014

The class has a recommended, not a mandatory textbook. If you want to get it, you can do so after the first class. Just hold on for now.

We are looking forward to meeting all of you on Thursday.

See you then!

Marcus Messner and Vivian Medina-Messner

iPadJournos election wrap-up

Congrats, everyone! We have completed our election reporting project. You all did outstanding work on Election Day and your reporting contributed to the overall election coverage in Virginia.  You published 31 election stories on our iPadJournos landing page on the website of WTVR-CBS 6. And you did a great job curating election news for our audience on our Tumblr page #VAgov Watch. Keep up the good work in your final reporting projects!