Friday, November 30, 2012

November 2012: How students seek information in the age of convergence

The new technology explosion requires that media audiences learn and maintain new skills for information literacy so they can find, filter, evaluate, and use information.

In the new issue of The Convergence Newsletter, Alex Gorelik and Anton Bezuglov of Benedict College report on their experiment to determine how students seek and evaluate information. Their pilot study used T.D. Wilson's framework of information-seeking behavior to record students' choices as they searched for the answer to a question. Gorelik and Bezuglov found that students' impatience to find a clear answer can trump even their knowledge that a single information source may be suspect. Read the article, then visit the newsletter's Facebook and Google+ pages.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

October 2012: Teaching the business of journalism, while teaching business journalism

Barbara Selvin of Stony Brook offers a detailed look at teaching journalism students about the business side of the industry. In The Convergence Newsletter, she argues that students need a deeper understanding of business as they enter a changing field and a challenging job market. Selvin explains how she integrates the business of journalism into her semester-long course.

How do you prepare students for the challenges of the job market? Leave your thoughts below or on Facebook or Google+.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

October 2012: Seven functions of Twitter for journalists

A veteran researcher asks if journalists are making the full use of Twitter and looks at the possibilities in The Convergence Newsletter. The 6-year-old Twitter platform has become a staple of journalistic routines and offers a range of ways to inform and engage with readers. Newsletter founder Augie Grant suggests a typology of functions for reporters and researchers to consider. Read the article, then join the conversation below or on Facebook or Google+.

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