Storifying Journalism Education #eje12 #icollab12

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This week we had our first opportunity to formally assess how willing and receptive the students have been to the introduction of social media into the teaching of journalism here at AUT University in Auckland. Our preparatory research had shown us that few studies have been conducted into the effects of introducing social media into the classroom, although papers have been written about their use outside the classroom and how they might be incorporated into education. Therefore, our analysis of their effectiveness will add significantly to the field.

The project aims to influence the development of the journalism curriculum by encouraging lecturers to integrate the use of mobile social media using student-owned devices (smartphones, laptops, tablets). We believe the rapid growth of social media and its use by journalists and their sources must be reflected in the courses we teach. Further, by incorporating real experiences of social media and the modeling…

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