Thompson Rivers University Social Media in Journalism Journal

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1 CMNS 2180 – Read Think Engage Package Week 5 – Social Media in Journalism This week, we will explore the issues, challenges and opportunities for Journalism through social media communication. We will look at how the principles of practices of journalism engage with features of social media communication – specifically questions of trust, spreadability, and social capital – so discuss what works and what is less successful. Part A – Impacts of Social Media Communication on Journalism In this first section, we’ll look at the current media environment and impact on journalism as a profession and as a public conversation. Read/Listen 1. Start by watching a short video that highlights both optimistic and cautionary issues facing journalism through social media communication environment: “How the 21st Century Changed Journalism.” This video is from the perspective of a digital journalist, privileging opportunities for citizen journalism in a digital media environment as part of the conversation. 2. Now read Chapter 3 of your textbook on Social Media and Journalism. 3. Finally, listen to my Podcast A – Impacts of social media communication on Journalism. There are slides to follow if you like. Engage. For you, to help you learn. Not for submission. As you’re reading and watching this week, reflect on your own engagement with news production and consumption. We’ve already spoken a bit about trust, but I’d like you to really think about the news you have access to each day – Do you trust it? Do you seek it out or does it find you? Do you pay for it? Do you think you have the information you need to make informed decisions about what’s happening in your community? Part B – Re-Evaluating how we value Journalism In this second section, we’ll explore some of the opportunities to take advantage of social media communication and overcome the limitations of it to preserve the public accountability function of journalism. Read/Listen 1. Start by watching this succinct summary of the situation – “The Journalism Crisis and how to Fix it” 2. Now watch Lara Setrakian’s short 8 min video “3 Ways to fix a broken news industry.” 3. Now, make some popcorn, and watch Tom Rosenstiel’s “Has Digital Technology made Journalism worse of better” for 18 minutes. Rosenstiel is an establishment voice so I’m curious to hear your ideas on this.

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