This is a research and practice-based course on social media, aimed at journalists who will need to understand and use social media. Students will research historical and contemporary innovation relating to social media, and will then develop strategies for creating impact throughout the course of the semester with their own journalistic projects using social media. Readings, discussions, project critiques, and hands-on work will all be used methodologically to allow students to delve into the possibilities of social media. Students will come to understand the power and limitations of social media as both a reporting tool and a tool to aid in the marketing of powerful journalism.
Alex Silverman is an anchor and reporter for WCBS Radio 880 right here in NYC! He has extensive experience covering a wide range of stories, including the tragic events down in Orlando, in June 2016. He started his radio career at Syracuse University, and later won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for breaking news coverage as a reporter and anchor in Seattle. Alex is a terrific young journalist who will be teaching our students how to use platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat as tools for both news gathering and promotion. You can read more about him here!