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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 15

In Week 15,  we will talk individually about your social media portfolios. Make sure that all of your social media links are posted in our spreadsheet (see link under files in our Facebook group). Be ready to do an informal individual presentation in class to your instructors. While it is strongly recommended that you prepare a Prezi presentation for the final presentation next week, you can just pull up your accounts on your iPad for this week’s review.

You only have to come to class this week during your assigned time below. Please make sure you are on time. Remember the guidelines for the portfolio.  Continue reading

Tasks for Oct. 13 (Week 8)

On Thursday, we will wrap up the tool presentations. Please be ready to present and post your tool on the list under “Files” in our Facebook group, if you haven’t done so.

Please also keep in mind your blogging and editorial leadership assignments. Please don’t forget what you need to do for those assignments. 

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