Useful reading material for final work

November 30, 2010 Comments off

Here are two articles that may be useful for your essay questions. I am listing them as “required” to call your attention to them. No points will be deducted on your essays if you do not use these particular articles, but they may help you…

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Final Quiz Format

November 23, 2010 Comments off

The final quiz will be open book/open note/open network. The quiz will consist of three or four short essay questions based on the course material. Quiz questions will be provided to you in class on Tuesday 30 November. You will have two days to review your course material, take notes, and so on. You will take the quiz in class on Thursday, 2 December, 415 Dostyk (our regular lab).

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Readings: Social Media, Spreading the News

November 23, 2010 Comments off

For Tuesday, 30 November, please read the following from the Neiman Reports issue on journalism and social media:

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Reading: Skoler and Gillmor on Journalism and Social Media

November 18, 2010 Comments off
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Research: Case study on professional uses of social networks in Kazakhstan

November 11, 2010 Comments off

Note three upcoming due dates for this assignment in bold below.

For the past few weeks we have been working with social networking sites (SNSs) and trying to use them in ways related to professional development. More recently, we have been discussing ways that people or organizations are using social networking sites professionally: to build networks/audiences; to build their reputations as experts; to promote issues, ideas, events, publications, products, and so on. One very interesting aspect of SNSs is that they are very new media: they are constantly developing and changing, and the people who are using them for professional development are, in a sense, breaking new ground and helping to define the communication environment.

As part of our work to try to understand social media as they develop, you will each conduct a case study on a person or organization in Kazakhstan who uses social media professionally (that is, the person or organization is using social media to achieve goals related to a current or future profession). We have discussed this at length and, by now, you should have identified and selected someone to research.

As we have discussed, there are three basic components to this research:

  1. Observation: Using social networking sites, search engines, websites, and other tools available to you, determine which social networks your subject is using professionally. DO NOT limit yourself just to the SNSs already introduced in class; try to determine which other networks your subject may be using as well. Taking the steps necessary to facilitate your research (for example, making friend requests on Facebook or following on Twitter), start gathering information and taking specific notes on how your subject is using the SNSs. Pay attention to what your subject seems to be trying to achieve through the sites. For Thursday, 18 November, you will submit a short paper, approximately two pages, in which you profile and detail your subject’s professional use of social networking sites. This paper should be a draft portion of your final research paper.
  2. Initial evaluation of SNS strategy: Using the information gathered through observation, try to imagine what sort of a strategy (if any) your subject is using with SNSs. What Social Networks (networks of people, not telecommunication networks) is your subject trying to reach. What are her goals with the communication. Does she use SNSs only professionally, or is there a mix of professional and personal, and why might this be the case? For Tuesday, 23 November submit a short paper, approximately two pages, in which you present your sense of the SNS strategy being used by your subject.
  3. Interview: Once you have a sense of the initial evaluation, contact your subject to arrange an interview. The interview may be conducted online, by phone, or face-to-face, depending upon what you can work out with the subject. Once you have interviewed the subject, you can revise the above two draft sections. Your final research report should be approximately five pages long and should provide a profile of your subject’s professional use of SNSs. The final due date is Tuesday 30 November.

Throughout your assignment, all work must be your own and all material used (including websites, etc) must be clearly identified and cited in your paper. We will discuss in further detail all pieces of this research.

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Reading and weblog entry for Tuesday 9 November

November 4, 2010 Comments off

For Tuesday 9 November, in Let’s Talk: Journalism and Social Media (Fall 2009): Read What’s Old Can Be New Again–Assisted by Digital Media and one other chapter of your choice from Section Two: Building Community. Write a brief weblog entry (about three paragraphs) addressing a ideas from those readings. Once you have finished the assignment, post a direct link to your entry using Twitter (be sure to use the #ntf10 symbol in your post) and on Facebook.

In class 4 November

November 4, 2010 Comments off

In class:

  1. Sign up for an account on HootSuite, a tool for managing social network sites (including WordPress). Play around with it. If it makes it easier for you to manage your social networks, great. If not, abandon it.
  2. Begin work on your next research assignment. You will need to locate a company, organization, publication or person in Kazakhstan who is using social networks for some sort of professional development. You will be doing a research project to determine how that company, organization, publication or person is using social networks and to evaluate that use. We will work on this over the next couple of weeks, but you should locate someone to study before class on Tuesday.
  3. Be sure you are caught up with your weblog/social network assignments.