Social media has become a piece in the fabric of our lives, including the professional world of journalism. Many teachers across the country are beginning to incorporate social media lessons and practices in their classroom, and in my opinion, for good reason. We need to stay on top of the fast-paced, ever changing technologies to report the news and promote our publications.
However, there are many media teachers who are especially concerned with the time it would take to get involved with a Twitter or Facebook account. There are fears of problems, issues, misuse, or a negative community perception. And quite frankly, I’m hearing from broadcast and journalism teachers that they don’t see the overall value for social media in the classroom.
Here is my call for help from YOU, the scholastic journalism gurus across America. I need your input, advice and value statements to help convince others on the merits of teaching our future journalists these skills.
Tell me a story, send in links to thought-provoking articles, or simply state your case why YOU think we must be teaching appropriate social media skills to our students, especially in a journalism world.
The comments section below is a blank canvas ready to be painted.
I’m all ears……