DePaul Launches first College-Level Twitter Class

1 Sep

Can’t say we don’t know a good thing when we see it!

This fall, DePaul will be starting what is most likely the country’s first college level communications class dedicated to Twitter.

The course, “Digital Editing: From Breaking News to Tweets”, will teach journalists the skills to evaluate and verify the authenticity of reporting from  citizen journalists online.

Only a few months ago we profiled  DePaul graduate Craig Kanalley, founder of BreakingTweets.com, who will teach the course. Here’s what he has to say about the course, courtesy of the DePaul Newsroom:_twitter1

“Thousands share information about these stories and how they’re affected through Twitter every day, and there’s a need to sift through this data to find relevant information that provides story tips and additional context for these events.”

We’re looking forward to hearing how this groundbreaking new class is going to turn out. Alums, any thoughts about it?

5 Responses to “DePaul Launches first College-Level Twitter Class”

  1. Patrick September 2, 2009 at 3:07 pm #

    Great idea!

  2. alex September 2, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    I’m extremely disappointed to find that my alma mater is teaching a class on twitter! I personally find twitter to be one of the, to put it politely, silliest, wastes of time on this earth. We need citizens with technical and analytical skills. Socials skills are picked up along the way. We certainly do not need a class to teach us how to tweet – especially to the tune of $3000! Wake up administration.

    Sad.

    • Craig Kanalley September 2, 2009 at 5:04 pm #

      Alex,

      I’ll be teaching the class, and I have to say, there’s a lot of misconceptions about it right now. It won’t address “how to tweet,” rather how to use the site effectively as both a professional and journalistic tool. It will look at Twitter through a traditional journalism lens, looking at ethics, social responsibility, and various issues involved. It will look at the negative as well as the positive of the site. Overall, it should allow for critical thinking on Twitter and other social networking sites out there and add to students’ marketability.

  3. Amanda September 2, 2009 at 8:19 pm #

    I have to agree with Alex above- an entire class on one communications channel that only about 30% of the market is currently using? I think this is a short-sighted mistake by DePaul and Mr. Kanalley. A journalism lens? You can only tweet 140 characters, how is that journalism? You can assess the negative and positive effects in much less than 10 weeks! In an effort to be cutting edge, I think DePaul and Mr. Kanalley have forgotten that education is about best practices, tried and true theories as they relate (or don’t) to current tactics, not wasting students’ money on trendy, online solutions. (even if they are proving useful.) Don’t mean to be harsh, but I don’t agree with this.

    • Craig Kanalley September 2, 2009 at 9:20 pm #

      Amanda,

      I appreciate this feedback. You make some interesting points, but I think the value of the class is really the greater concepts and theories it will cover that can easily be applied to other social media sites as they arise in the years ahead.

      Tweeting 140 characters at a time can be journalism, and I’d love to chat with you about the ways how and show you examples at http://www.breakingtweets.com.

      No one is saying Twitter will be around for all of time, but it’s certainly relevant in media today and students can give themselves a competitive advantage when it comes to the social media world. Again, the way the class will be designed, it is looking at larger concepts and applications, not banking on a possible temporary phenomenon.

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