Social media sites have surpassed print newspapers as a news source. That’s according to the Pew Research Centre, which found that one-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, slightly higher than the share who say they often do so from print newspapers. Social media has evolved to become an important part of coverage that newsrooms provide – as a reporting tool, a mode of distribution and as a vehicle for storytelling. Many media outlets have expanded their teams to include a larger focus on social video experts, audience development and engagement. But the landscape is constantly shifting with platforms changing their algorithms and new apps cropping up all the time. So how prepared are graduating journalism students to tackle this world of social media journalism? What are schools doing to educate journalism students about social media?
Tamara Baluja, the 2018 Michener-Deacon journalism education fellow, is studying those issues at the University of British Columbia. Please take a moment to fill out a short survey by Feb. 13.