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JOU3250 Digital/Web Journalism 1: Blogging and Social Media, Content Management Systems

Course Description

Writing for print, radio, and TV involve different skills. Add social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram, and journalists must become proficient in even more writing styles. This course teaches students the various writing styles used by convergence journalists in the new media world. It also provides an overview of the most common content management and delivery systems used by journalists.

Once relegated to the fringes of journalism, blogging is now a mainstay. Traditional journalists now likely have a blog as well as their regular gig. In addition, respected journalists utilize Twitter and other social media to tell stories. Social media has been central to the breaking and development of several major stories in recent years, including the Egyptian revolution, the protests in Iran, and the Occupy Movement. Without social media, many believe these stories may not have received nearly as much play. Students will learn how best to approach blogging and social media to tell their story.