Interviews with CBS 6

I did two interviews with CBS 6 in Richmond this week. The first interview was about Internet safety and an incident in which a community came together on social media to warn about a stalker. The second interview was about social media uses by the terrorist group ISIS in the Middle East and the arrest of a local sympathizer. You can view both interviews below:

 

 

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Research study published in First Monday

Our research study “Influencing public opinion from corn syrup to obesity: A longitudinal analysis of the references for nutritional entries on Wikipedia” was published this week in the online journal First Monday. The study was written with my colleagues Marcia DiStaso, Yan Jin, Shana Meganck, Scott Sherman, and Sally Norton and was previously presented at the national conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. It is available online and can be read on the website of First Monday.

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Social media research course offered in spring semester

In the spring semester 2015, I am offering a course on social media research at VCU. In the course “MASC 591 – Social Media Research,” I will develop and carry out research projects with graduate and highly qualified undergraduate students (seniors with some research experience) to study the impact of social media in the field of mass communications. The class will be held Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. in the Incubator Classroom of the VCU ALT Lab, a state-of-the-art learning space.

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Symposium on Mobile and Social Media in Health Communication

Our Center for Media+Health at VCU invites health communication researchers to submit research abstracts for presentations at the 2nd Media + Health Symposium. The theme of this virtual symposium is “Mobile and Social Media in Health Communication” and submissions addressing this topic are strongly encouraged. Faculty and graduate students are invited to submit quantitative and qualitative research. Continue reading

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iPadJournos project featured in “Profiles in Learning” series

The Provost’s office at VCU has featured the iPadJournos project in its”Profiles in Learning” video series. Please view the video above and visit the series’ website as well.

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Open online course covered by Richmond Times-Dispatch

Our open online course on “Global Health and Social Media” was covered this week by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and VCU News. The articles “VCU ventures into online educational phenomenon” by the Times-Dispatch took a broader look at MOOC offerings at VCU, while the article “Students in online course develop social media strategies for global health care nonprofits” by VCU News also interviewed some of the students enrolled in our course. Continue reading

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Open online course “Global Health and Social Media” launches Sept. 15

Smart Phones and Digital Tablets Exhibition

This fall semester, I am offering an intensive undergraduate open online course on “Global Health and Social Media” at Virginia Commonwealth University. The six-week course will launch on Sept. 15 and will run until Oct. 26, 2014. The course content will be released on the course website in six weekly modules, starting with the first module on the first day of class. Continue reading

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News coverage on IYLEP Social Media Institute

Our fifth VCU Social Media Institute wrapped up at the end of July and the students produced 10 social media campaigns for nonprofit organizations. This year, we also included a nonprofit client from Iraq, the organization Nature Iraq. Several news organizations published reports about the IYLEP program, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch and WTVR-CBS 6. Continue reading

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Online class on “Global Health and Social Media” this fall

Here is a great opportunity for students in the VCU Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture to learn about social media campaigns for global health issues and get hands-on experience in developing social media strategies. My online class “Global Health and Social Media” will be offered online this fall from Sept. 15 to Oct. 26. You can work on your own time (while meeting weekly deadlines of course) and earn three credits in this six-week course. Continue reading

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Looking for nonprofit clients for “Global Health and Social Media” course

I am looking for nonprofit clients for my open course on “Global Health and Social Media” at VCU this fall. Clients should be a nonprofit organizations that address international health issues. This can be a U.S.-based organization or an international one. Students in the class will design social media strategies based on the needs of the clients. Continue reading

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