This spring semester, I am teaching a new special topics class “Social Media Research,” in which graduate and undergraduate students will develop their own research projects. The deliverable for each of the research teams at the end of the semester will be a conference paper. I am also teaching an undergraduate class “Reporting for Print and Web.” You can find the syllabi for both of the classes under Teaching.
In addition, I have presentations and talks planned this spring. In early March, I will present a new research study “From #mcdonaldsfail to #dominossucks: An analysis of Instagram images about the 10 largest fast food companies” with our doctoral student Jeanine Guidry and my colleagues Yan Jin and Vivian Medina-Messner at the International Public Relations Research Conference in Miami. In early April, I will also give a talk on mobile multimedia production strategies at the Teach-a-Thon of the Journalism Interactive Conference at the University of Maryland.
This spring, I will also plan projects with my students with Google Glass and experiment with this new technology. The Commonwealth Times just published an article on our Google Glass activities at VCU.