Blogs bother me : social media, journalism and the curriculum

Hirst, Martin and Treadwell, Greg 2011, Blogs bother me : social media, journalism and the curriculum, Journalism practice, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 446-461, doi: 10.1080/17512786.2011.555367.

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Title Blogs bother me : social media, journalism and the curriculum
Alternative title 'Blogs bother me' : social media, journalism and the curriculum
Author(s) Hirst, Martin
Treadwell, Greg
Journal name Journalism practice
Volume number 5
Issue number 4
Start page 446
End page 461
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, U. K.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1751-2786
Keyword(s) convergence
digital literacy
journalism curriculum
professional competencies
social media
Summary This paper grew out of the authors’ interest in updating the journalism curriculum at AUT (Aukland University of Technology) to better reflect the impact of online media, including social media, on the work of journalists. The challenge for journalism educators is to remain relevant in rapidly changing news and education environments. Our study suggests that while the vast majority of students have some engagement with social media, particularly social networking, and are aware that it can be a powerful tool for journalists, they are still not entirely comfortable with its techniques and they are not experimenting with social media as a production platform as much as we first thought. In short, it appears that they do not have command of professional fluency with social media tools. In response to these findings we have begun to introduce some social media tools and processes directly into the units we teach, in particular: digital story-telling techniques; the use of Twitter and location-based applications; encouraging the ethical use of Facebook etc. for sourcing stories and talent for interviews; podcasting, soundslides and video for the Web, Dreamweaver, InDesign and PHP-based content management systems. We do not see the work to date as the end-point of the changes that we know are necessary, but we are acutely aware of the limitations (structural, institutional and financial) that suggest we should continue with this small-steps approach for the foreseeable future.
Notes A version of this paper was originally presented as 'No longer 'new media' : journalism education and social media' at the Second World Journalism Education Congress (5-7 July 2010 : Grahamstown, South Africa).
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17512786.2011.555367
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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