@VCUsocialmedia and #vcuglobalhealth featured in VCU President’s annual report

President annual report

 

Our annual IYLEP Social Media Institute and this fall’s open online course on Global Health and Social Media were featured as exemplary global partnerships in the annual report of VCU President Michael Rao this week. The annual report is available online as well as additional information and media coverage on the summer institute and the open online course.

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Social media fuels protests in Ferguson and New York

After the controversial grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York City on the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Gardner, protesters turned to social media to organize their demonstrations. Twitter and Instagram were used to visualize the growing crowds and motivate additional protesters to join the organizers in the streets. I was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal for a story on the use of social media platforms as organizing tools in these protests.  Continue reading

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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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