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Welcome to MASC 496 – Mobile and Social Media Journalism in the Fall 2013!

Welcome to the course website for MASC 496 – Mobile and Social Media Journalism in the fall semester 2013 at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Mass Communication.

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 2211 in the Temple Building, 901 W. Main St.

At our first meeting on Thursday, Aug. 22, 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 before coming to class on Thursday:

1) Join our Facebook group for the class: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ipadjournosfall2013/

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: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9HW3HJ8

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.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you on Thursday.

See you then!

Marcus Messner

Tumblr 101 with @tess_marie

Tumblr Community Support Director Tess Shebaylo (@tess_marie) spoke to our class last Thursday. She is a VCU alumna who majored in information systems, although she began as a mass communications major. Her career with the microblogging platform Tumblr began when a friend, a writer for RVA News, published an article on the new Tumblr office in Richmond. Continue reading

Conclusion to the iPadJournos semester

The iPadJournos called it a semester with the conclusion of the social media portfolio evaluations on Thursday afternoon. Before a panel of six judges, the students in our Social Media Journalism class presented their blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts as well as one or two extra platforms such as Pinterest, Storify and Google+. Continue reading

Developing the social side of print journalism

Bryan DeVasher (@BryanDeVasher and @RTDNEWS), the social media editor for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, came to our class on Tuesday and reflected on the days when multimedia and social media did not exist. When he started his journalism career, he never would have imagined being in the job he holds today. DeVasher worked for the Daily Press in Newport News for 13 years prior to his position at the Times-Dispacth, which he has held for five years now. Continue reading