For students interested in making the most of their social media
experience, Southeast Community College is offering a new course
beginning with the Fall Quarter.
"Social Media and Citizen Journalism" is a 4.5 credit-hour class
that will be offered online starting Oct. 5. Joshua Whitney is the
instructor. Smartphones and their ability to capture images and
video have empowered citizens to document both the ordinary and the
extraordinary, Whitney said.
"As we've seen in the last year, video recordings made by people
on the street have shaped the news and the discourse in this
country," Whitney said.
Social Media and Citizen Journalism will study events impacted
by social media, but it also will focus on enabling students to
produce their own content and broadcast it more skillfully.
As photography instructor Bradley Peters observed, "These are
essential skills for everyone."
As part of the course, students will develop their own Word
Press website where they can post news, videos and blogs related to
their own neighborhood or area of interest and connect them with
social media accounts.
"We're living in an era of sharing," Whitney said, "but like
anything, it's important to do it well because your credibility and
reputation depend on it."
The course will be taught by Whitney and Peters and available as
an online Special Topics course, JOUR/PHOT 2798. In addition to
Social Media and Citizen Journalism, other journalism and
photography courses offered this fall are Digital Photography and
Creative Imaging, Public Relations, Introduction to Mass
Communications, and Media Writing.
Persons interested in more information are asked to contact
Whitney at 402-437-2476.