Hi Journalism Students:
Thank you for uploading your OpEd pieces to the dropbox, which cover a range of important issues. Please review my comments and edit them, a few of which I hope to share with the class next week.
For this week, I also ask that you read pages 1-15 of “Mobile and Social Media Journalism” by journalism professor Anthony Adornato.
I want you to think about how social media (Twitter, Insta-gram, Facebook, iphones) has reshaped journalists’ relationships with news consumers and how news is now produced. This is an extremely significant shift from the “one-way” manner news has historically been delivered. It has changed how journalists today find and create stories, in which audience interactivity becomes a significant part of the story and process. While, in some ways, social media has helped journalists perform their work better, there are also some disconcerting drawbacks to social media journalism, which the reading also addresses.
By next Tuesday, I ask you to read pages 1-15 and then post a comment to a topic or section you found particularly interesting and/or useful. Alternately, post a response to one of the readings below:
I also ask that you read this linked article on the citizen journalist who captured the murder of George Floyd by Office Derek Chauvin on her camera. Pay particular attention to how the police initially reported this incident – as compared to what truly happened — as only a video can verify. Can you think of other current examples of citizen journalism that have played an important role in documenting a news story?
Another important story that covers both social media and student free speech is an illuminating case being adjudicated by the Supreme Court this week. It involves a high school cheerleader being expelled after posting comments on the squad on snapchat.