Welcome to MCOM 333! To start off our class discussion, here’s a (parody) social media strategy to consider:
My current social media profile
Here’s a snapshot of my current social media profile, along with an explanation of what I’m doing in each venue:
- This blog and website. This website is exclusively for professional use. I use it in my capacity as a Towson professor to post class syllabi, course discussions and assignments, and other pertinent journalism and new media related information. I pay for the domain out of my personal funds and use WordPress as my content management system. A secondary function of this blog is to claim the domain stacyspaulding.com for my professional use.
- Facebook. As they say, Facebook is for people you know, Twitter is for people you’d like to know. I use this to keep up with personal friends, family, others interested in my hobbies (such as lindyhop) and professional and community contacts. I used to post quite frequently here until the new timeline came out and I purged.
- Twitter. This is where I follow professional contacts I don’t (yet) know. As the semesters wear on, I do quite a bit of communicating with students here.
- Tumblr: I have two. First is my personal Tumblr, where I post pictures of “East Baltimore’s painted screens and parlor windows.” The second is a Tumblr for MCOM 407, where I post news stories I find regarding community subjects that students are covering.
- Other places I occasionally post: Flickr and YouTube. Mostly I post things here that I think I might use in class. I use the “Class List” YouTube channel as a bookmark.
- What’s not on this list and why? I used to share news items I’d read via Google Reader, which were posted automatically to Google+. Changes made by Google, however, basically broke the RSS feed to this blog, and I never really got so much out of Google+. I have Pinterest and Instagram accounts, but haven’t really started to use them yet.
Thought leaders and others in the field we should be following
As a journalism and new media professor, I’m interested in a few different fields here: social media, journalism/new media, and education in these areas. Here’s a list of important people in those fields to tune into.
People with local ties, including our three class guest speakers:
- Pete Sweigard is The Sun’s director of audience engagement
- Steve Earley (website) is a community coordinator for The Sun.
- Ryan Goff is one of the social media gurus at MGH.
- Mary Hartney (website) used to work for The Sun but now is the social media editor at USAToday.
- Brian Stelter (Tumblr) is a New York Times reporter who graduated from Towson in ’07. You may have seen him in the documentary Page One. He’s an advocate for journalists’ use of social media.
- Amy Webb (and company, and team part 1 and part 2) heads Webb Media Group, an agency that specializes in emerging technology strategy and training.
Other news & social media types:
- Steve Buttry (blog) is director of community engagement for the Journal Register
- Katie Rogers is a journalist at the Washington Post
- Vadim Lavrusik (website) is Facebook’s journalist program manager
- Erica Anderson is manager of news and journalism at Twitter
- David Carr writes the Media Equation column at the New York Times
- Jim Romenesko maintains one of the most popular journalism news sites on the web.
Educators with national reputations:
- Mindy McAdams (blog and syllabi) teaches online journalism at the University of Florida
- Jeff Jarvis (blog) teaches entrepreneurial journalism at CUNY’s graduate school or journalism.
- Clay Shirky (blog) teaches at NYU and studies the Internet and society.
Twitter, Facebook and blogs to add to your feeds:
(This is where you jump in and post your social media profile and thought leader list to our Facebook group. See you over there!)