Follow “iPadJournos” on Twitter and Facebook

This semester, I am teaching a Social Media Journalism class at VCU, in which all 14 student received an iPad to do mobile reporting projects. This innovative technology project is run in cooperation with VCU’s Center for Teaching Excellence and the Technology Services of the College of Humanities and Sciences (Hastech) as well as WTVR CBS 6 as a media partner. In the first six weeks of the semester, the students have been engaged on various social media platforms and visited a Social Media Club event this week. Social media experts like Scott Wise and Lorenzo Hall, executive producer and reporter at CBS 6, have also enriched the learning experience as guest speakers.

Click on the photo to access the iPadJournos Facebook group.

You can follow this “iPadJournos” class on Twitter and Facebook as well as the individual student reporters. We are tweeting with the hashtag #ipadjournos.

The following is an excerpt from the story “iPadJournos reaching new level of education” by student reporter Samra Khawaja on our School of Mass Communications website:

The idea of doing your homework on paper seems prehistoric next to the idea of using mobile devices. Instead, for one class, these mobile devices are changing the rules of learning journalism.

Click on the photo to access the iPadJournos Twitter feed.

This semester the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) partnered with the School of Mass Communications in purchasing 16 iPads to use in Dr. Marcus Messner’s Social Media Journalism class.

“We never had a specific social media class for journalism,“ said Messner. “I thought how are we going to run this class? So I applied for a grant from the CTE to get some iPads.”

Each student in the class is given an iPad to use throughout the semester. Students in the class utilize online social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to report on events and issues.  By using the iPads, they are learning how to effectively break news on social media and blogs.

Click on the photo to access the iPadJournos website.

Please continue reading the rest of the story on the website of the School of Mass Communications.

At the end of the semester, I will post a summary of my experiences with this pilot project. You can follow all class activities throughout the semester on the class website. I have also posted the syllabus and schedule there. And when you’re nearby, please check into our newsroom.

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