Developing a Mobile-First Approach for Student Media

My staff has been working with mobile news reports for more than a year now. They’ve been reporting from a game here, or reporting on storm damage there. A little bit of this, a little bit of that. It happens whenever the spirit moves a reporter to post an update. While anyone can post to the accounts, there is a small team of staff members who are in charge of the social media posts.

While I always kind of knew there the staff needed to be a bit more organized with what they were doing, I just hadn’t taken the time to talk through much with them. I will be having a talk this week though – and I won’t have to prepare much. I stumbled upon a couple articles this week which can help students develop a plan for a mobile-first approach without getting caught up in overthinking things.

Student Newspapers Should Take a Mobile First Approach – by Rachele Kanigel, an associate professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University

10 Questions to Help you Craft a Mobile Strategy – by Regina McCombs of the Poynter Institute

Are your staffs just pushing out links or are they working to break news via social networks and/or doing any other mobile reporting?

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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