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Ten Ways Journalism School is Teaching Social Media

Submitted by Steve Hanson on Sat, 06/20/2009 – 8:46am

From Mashable.Com

With news organizations beginning to create special positions to manage the use of social media tools, such as the recently appointedsocial editor at The New York Times, journalism schools are starting to recognize the need to integrate social media into their curricula. That doesn’t mean having a class on Facebook () or Twitter (), which many college students already know inside and out, but instead means that professors are delving into how these tools can be applied to enrich the craft of reporting and producing the news and ultimately telling the story in the best possible way.

And though many professors are still experimenting and learning how these tools can be used, below are the 10 ways journalism schools are currently teaching students to use social media. Please share in the comments others that you have found to be important and effective as well.

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PBS and Knight Foundation Looking for Input on News Needs

Submitted by Steve Hanson on Thu, 04/30/2009 – 7:03am

From the PBS Engage Site

We need your input

In today’s media environment – with so many newspapers cutting back on editorial staff, and online media becoming more ever-present each day – do you have the information you need to accomplish your personal goals and to be an effective citizen?

The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy and PBS Engage have teamed up to explore the issues around each citizen’s information needs, and we would like to hear from you. See the Commission’s draft introduction to its report and please share your answers to our questions below.

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Journalism Needs a Bailout?

Submitted by Steve Hanson on Thu, 03/26/2009 – 6:59am

John Nicholls and Robert W. McChesney published a rather fascinating article in The Nation this week, suggesting that the answer to the newspaper death spiral is a government bailout – a combination of free postage, subsidies, and other means to economically support media and reporting in the US.  I’m not sure how I personally feel about this idea- it grates against all my instincts, yet it’s at least a proposal that I can believe would be more likely to have a positive effect than most.

On another note – from the local Wisconsin viewpoint, two of our state local papers are cutting Mondays out of their publication schedule. And so journalism continues to die by a thousand papercuts.