The evolvement of Journalism Schools: Twitter Classes

I’ve been a twitter skeptic from the beginning. Yes, businesses can greatly benefit from it, but facebook updates and twitter don’t seem that different to me. I use twitter for my wedding blog to garner more traffic and page views but honestly, my blog’s facebook profile gets me more than triple the amount of traffic that twitter does. Though, my opinion of Journalists ‘tweeting’ breaking news did drastically change after Michael Jackson’s death. People were updating more facts about his death than the media biggies were and whether most of it was accurate or not, it definitely kept me in the loop.

But a whole class on twitter–and taught by a intern on top of that? That’s definitely taking it over the top. 23-year-old Chicago Tribue intern and DePaul University alum, Craig Kannally, has been roped in by DePaul’s J-school to teach an Master’s Undergraduate class, ‘Journalism 520: Digital Editing: From Breaking News to Tweets”. Yes, J-school professors should definitely incorporate twitter as part of their lesson plans, but paying mucho dineros for a whole class on it?

I think not.

Read the story here.

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3 thoughts on “The evolvement of Journalism Schools: Twitter Classes

  1. Hi Moi, I will be teaching the class. I welcome your feedback, but wanted to let you know it is an undergraduate level course. Also, there have been a lot of misconceptions about this – and it’s easy to poke fun of – but it will look at more than just Twitter, including other social networking sites and SEO/Google. It’s a practical class that will allow students to work directly on a live news site, and in addition, related concepts and theories will be discussed.

  2. “People were updating more facts about his death than the media biggies were and whether most of it was accurate or not, it definitely kept me in the loop.”

    How did it keep you in the loop if it wasn’t accurate?

    Very classy of Craig Kanalley to respond, by the way. Good luck with your course, Craig.

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