Social media research class offered in Spring 2018

In the spring semester 2018, 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 qualified undergraduate students to study the impact of social media in the field of mass communications. The class will be held Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in the Incubator Classroom at VCU, a state-of-the-art learning space.

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Op-ed in Fortune Magazine

Last week, I wrote an op-ed for Fortune Magazine about the 280-character expansion by Twitter, President Donald Trump and the potential implications for international affairs. You can read it the article here. 

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Social media class offerings this fall semester

This fall semester, I will be offering two social media classes at VCU: MASC 496 – Mobile and Social Media Journalism and HONR 398 – Social Media Research. Advance registration starts on March 28.  Continue reading

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Online courses on global media this summer

This summer, I am offering two online classes at the VCU Robertson School of Media and Culture. The courses “MASC/INTL 151 – Global Communication” and “MASC 291 – Global Health and Social Media” will both be offered online over five weeks from May 22 to June 22, 2017. Students work on their own time while having to meet regular deadlines for online tests and discussions.  Registration for VCU students starts on Feb. 14. 

“MASC/INTL 151 -Global Communication” is a general education class at VCU that is cross-listed and that can be taken as either MASC 151 or INTL 151 (depending on students’ preferences). “MASC 291 – Global Health and Social Media” is part of a new global health course thread at the university. “MASC 291 – Global Health and Social Media” will also be open for public enrollment (details will be announced shortly). Both classes can also be taken as electives by students in the Robertson School. Continue reading

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Download presentation from Social Media for Nonprofits Conference

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Below you can download my presentation from the Foundations Course at the Social Media for Nonprofits Conference on May 4 in Richmond. It includes starter tips for nonprofits as well as links to pro-bono opportunities.

“Social Media for Nonprofits” (Foundation Course)

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Workshop for nonprofits at social media conference

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On May 4, I’ll be offering a foundations workshop at the Social Media for Nonprofits Conference of ConnectVA. The conference targets nonprofits, government and community-based organizations in Virginia. The foundations workshop will give an overview on social media channels and strategies as well as some dos and don’ts of each platform.   Continue reading

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Fall classes at VCU: Make a difference in the presidential election

uncle ram goldI am offering two award-winning classes this fall semester that will focus on the presidential election. If you’re following the current primary election races, you probably have an idea how exciting the fall campaign is going to be. So, get involved and consider taking these classes!

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Social media classes this summer

Here is a great opportunity to engage in social media and develop campaigns for nonprofit clients in Central Virginia. The Robertson School is offering its Social Media Institute again this summer, which is open to all undergraduate and graduate majors. In July, Vivian Medina-Messner and I will work with students on social media projects during the four-week intensive summerclasses Social Media Campaigns” (MASC 491) and Social Media Leadership” (MASC 691).

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Twitter struggles with stalling growth

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After being one of the leading and most popular social media platforms for years, Twitter is losing ground to newer platforms like Instagram and Snapchat and is seeing its own growth stall. I was interviewed by the Associated Press on Twitter’s future. The following is an excerpt from the article “Disappearing Act: Twitter Reports Flatlining User Growth” that was published on Feb. 10: Continue reading

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How can teenagers safely use social media and mobile apps?

Over the last few weeks, I have been interviewed several times by CBS 6 and 8NEWS in Richmond on the safe and responsible use of social media and mobile apps by teenagers. You can view the news reports below.

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