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Tweeting to Fame and Fortune
Course/catalog description: Social networking is the hot topic of the web world right now. Learn the ins and outs of social networking platforms, not just as a way of getting together with friends, but also as a way of building an audience and establishing yourself professionally.
Well, sort of.
Instructor: Jim Stovall
Jim Stovall is Edward J. Meeman Distinguished Professor of Journalism at the University of Tennessee. He taught at the University of Alabama for 25 years and is the author of several books including Writing for the Mass Media. He created and operates JPROF.com, a website devoted to teaching journalism. He has also started the TNJN.com, the news website of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media. This site is one of the founding sites of the Intercollegiate Online News Network.
Class: 1:25 pm – 2:15 pm, Monday, Pasqua Nuclear Engineering 205
Reading: The Twitter Guide Book from Mashable.com
“Twitter is a social network used by millions of people, and thousands more are signing up every day to send short messages to groups of friends. But where’s the user manual for Twitter? Where do new Twitter users go to learn about Tweeting, retweets, hashtags and customizing your Twitter profile? Where do you go if you want to know all about building a community on Twitter, or using Twitter for business? How can you find advanced tools for using Twitter on your phone or your desktop? To answer all these questions and more, we’ve assembled The Twitter Guide Book, a complete collection of resources for mastering Twitter. Happy Tweeting!”
– Pete Cashmore, @Mashable
Passing this course
All students in all courses at the University of Tennessee have three responsibilities:
The demands on you in this course will not be heavy. It’s a one-credit freshman seminar. It should be more fun and interesting than onerous. There are demands that the course will make on your time, however, and it is possible to fail.
University policies regarding honesty can be found in Hilltopics, the official student handbook. You can download this handbook as a PDF file at this page. Your rights and responsibilities are explained in detail. In all JEM 200 labs plagiarism, misrepresentation or any form of cheating is a serious offense. In the lecture section, a minimum penalty would be a failing grade on a quiz. Each lab instructor will explain lab rules.
CCI Diversity Statement
(College of Communication and Information Bylaws, Section II-C)
CCI recognizes and values diversity. Exposing students to diverse people, ideas and cultures increases opportunities for intellectual inquiry, encourages critical thinking, and enhances communication and information competence. When all viewpoints are heard, thoughtfully considered, and respectfully responded to, everyone benefits. Diversity and fairness unite us with the wider professional and global community (see http://www.cci.utk.edu/diversity-statement for CCI’s full Diversity Statement).
Your place in the new media society
Find an interest (or interests)
Develop a passion (or passions)
Become an expert
Join the conversation
Build an audience
Achieve fame and fortune (as promised by the course description)
Schedule (more or less)
Aug. 22 – Introduction
Aug 29 – What’s your interest
Sept. 5 -Labor Day (no class)
Sept. 12 – Selecting a specialty
Sept. 19 – Assessing the field
Sept. 26 – Who’s the expert?
Oct. 3 – Where can I plug in?
Oct. 10 – Curation
Oct. 17 – Building your audience
Oct. 24 – Joining the conversation
Oct. 31 – Something really scary
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