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Social Media in the Classroom

Edited By Hana S. Noor Al-Deen

Social Media in the Classroom provides a comprehensive resource for teaching social media in advertising, public relations, and journalism at the undergraduate and graduate levels. With twelve chapters by contributors from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, this volume provides original scholarly work which encompasses a wide range of methodologies, theories, and sample assignments for implementing social media. This book is an excellent resource for preparing students to transform their personal skills in social media into professional skills for success in the job market.
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Chapter Nine: Challenging the Newsroom Paradigm: Four Nations’ Journalism Students Interrogate Global Issues Through Social Media


Challenging THE Newsroom Paradigm

Four Nations’ Journalism Students Interrogate Global Issues Through Social Media


Social media have helped to disrupt, dislocate, and in some cases dissolve many boundaries that have long characterized journalism practice: boundaries between the professional and amateur; local and global; producer and consumer; process and product; mass and interactive communication. Yet, journalism education does not seem to have responded fast enough or dramatically enough to these enormous changes. One reason has been that educators have oftentimes looked toward the journalism industry for ways to adapt, even though critics believe traditional journalism has failed to adequately respond to the scope of change (Anderson, 2013; Stencel, Adair, & Kamalakanthan, 2014). This follows a historic pattern in which journalism educators preparing students for careers in the field often modeled their campus-based teaching and learning facilities on the routines and practices of the industry. They valorized the newsroom as a teaching and learning space where the classroom experience was as close to work experience as they could make it. The intention was to replicate the professional experience, creating a dress-rehearsal for a career in the industry. But has this been the best way to approach the dramatic changes rocking the field?

This chapter suggests not, focusing on a collaborative global project, the Pop-Up Newsroom, which challenged these tendencies and served as a model for ways in which social media could help educators rethink journalism education. This study joins...

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