Journalism Schools Connect Through Twitter

Posted on April 19, 2011

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Just had a great hour talking journalism with a group of students from–Ohio University.

And no, I didn’t forget to put “State” in there.

My boss, Dr. Carroll Glynn, was contacted by Sarah Grothjan (@SarahGrothjan), co-editor for INC, a weekly publication that reports on journalism-related news and commentary for faculty and staff of OU’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in Athens, Ohio.  Sarah was inviting us to be part of a Twitter chat with students and faculty from inside Scripps and from other universities to have a discussion on various journalism-related topics. I was excited that Carroll passed it on to me.

And so, for an hour tonight, I joined the OU students talking about:

  • NPR funding and the impact its reduction may have on journalism
  • Censorship among the US media as compared with other countries–which spun off into an interesting “talk” on high school papers vs. mainstream media.
  • How social media has impacted breaking news
  • How media portrays marginalized groups in society

It was an enlightening hour to say the least, and I loved seeing all the different viewpoints from the next generation of journalists. How creative and open-minded they are. I am already looking forward to the next one–and look forward to the next time we reach a hand up Route 33 to include their brethren from Ohio State. And you can bet I’m going to get a similar chat going with our students, so I can return the favor to OU.

Can check out our dialogue on Twitter by searching for #INC. And please let me know on what topics you’d like to Tweet about.

C’mon OSU–we can get a good chat going, too!

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