Students and faculty at West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism aren’t just talking about the future of their profession – they’re helping to redefine it.
A new class, Blogging and Interactive Journalism, is giving students the opportunity to explore and experience the impact of Web 2.0 and user-generated content on journalism. Using a variety of social media tools and web-based applications, students will learn to become effective online journalists, facilitating news as a two-way conversation rather than a one-way transmission.
“Once you write a blog post, it doesn’t end there,” said Dr. Bob Britten, assistant professor of visual journalism. “Others respond, you respond to them and information grows. Students will realize the work they are doing is just a starting point for that conversation. They will build a web of information with their blogging and social media work as the connective tissue.”