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Welcome to MASC 496 – Mobile and Social Media Journalism in the Fall Semester 2018

Welcome to our “MASC 496 – Mobile and Social Media Journalism” capstone class in the 2018 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 and readings as well as other curricular materials.

This class operates as a mobile newsroom. 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 23.

As you might already know, we have WTVR-CBS 6 as a media partner on board for this class and you will be reporting for the website of the TV station. If you put in the effort into your reporting, all of your stories will be published. This will give you a nice opportunity to build a professional portfolio before you graduate. This fall, we will be covering the congressional elections in Virginia as well as some other local political races and issues.

At our first meeting on Thursday, Aug. 23, we will discuss all aspects of the course and by our second week you will receive iPads as learning and reporting tools for the duration of the semester.

Please note that the add/drop date for the fall semester is on Aug. 29. It is therefore important that you familiarize yourself asap with the course and the expectations and send me any questions you might have before that deadline.

There are a few things you need to do after our first class:

1) Review all content on our course website: https://wp.vcu.edu/socialmediajournalism/

2) Join our Facebook group for the class: https://www.facebook.com/groups/masc496fall2018/

Make sure that your profile has your real name, otherwise I will not be able to let you in.

3) Pick up your iPad reporting kit (called the “Padcaster”) from John Geerdes in Temple 1120 on Aug. 27 or Aug. 28. You will need it in class on Aug. 30. The equipment room is open from Aug. 27 on and staff will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout the semester.

4) Bring your Apple username and ID to the first class in our second week, so you can activate the iPad we 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/

5) Fill out a brief technology survey: https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/ipadjournos2018

6) Use the Facebook Group to find one reporting teammate for the course of the semester as you will do your projects in teams. Then develop a story idea together to report on an aspect of the congressional election or other political issues. Find a topic that has not been covered already by other media and prepare a pitch with your partner. If the pitch is accepted, the goal is to file the story and publish it on WTVR.com. Have a backup pitch as well, in case your first idea is not accepted. Pitches will be done during our third week.

7) Work on your Social Media Critique assignment. It is due on Aug. 28. Sign up for news organizations to critique under “Files” in our Facebook Group.

The class has no textbook. I will assign online readings instead.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you on Aug. 23. And please let me know, if you have any questions in the meantime. You can post them in the Facebook group.

See you soon!

Marcus Messner

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