10 minute introduction
  • 3 minutes to introduce our presenters
  • 5 minutes to describe the context for the lesson and select participants to be “model students” in the lesson.
    • {Lesson will be taught to a high school or college level journalism class. A guest speaker will be brought in to tell talk to the class about an under-represented issue that deserves more attention. Then the students will use social media to draw attention to this issue for a wider audience.
    • It will be assumed that students in this class have previously been introduced to or will have some proficiency in at least one of the following social media: microblogging, blogging, podcasting, or video podcasting. It will be necessary to poll session attendees and ask those with experience with one or more of these to serve as the students in the lesson.}
  • 2 minutes to establish a backchannel for the model lesson.
40 minute lesson
  • ”Lesson” objectives:
    • *Learners will be able to define citizen journalism.
    • *Learners will be able to provide examples of citizen journalism.
    • *Learners will be able to use social tools necessary to conduct citizen journalism.
  • ”Teacher” (Presenter 1) activities:
    • *Show examples of citizen journalism culled from recent news and current events.
    • *Facilitate discussion of what citizen journalism is and how it relates to students’ lives and civic responsibilities.
    • *Explain how students will use social tools to take on role of citizen journalists during in-class “news event”: the visit of an education expert.
    • *Introduce guest speaker.
    • *Debrief news collection efforts with students after speaker.
  • ”Student” activities:
    • *Dialogue about definition and implications of citizen journalism.
    • *Collect resources related to issue presented by guest speaker.
    • *Share and distribute “news” of guest speaker event through social media tools (Tweeting, blogging, livestreaming, etc.).
  • Presenter 2 activities:
    • *Comment on instructional strategy for managing students’ use of social tools.
    • *Draw attention to news products created by model students.
    • *Comment on alignment of instructional strategies and activities with supporting research.
  • -10 minutes to discuss what citizen journalism is and how people participate in it, providing examples of how it has been used.
  • -10 minutes for our guest speaker/newsmaker to speak to the class.
  • -20 minutes to engage students in spreading word about this issue online using tools like YouTube, blogs, Twitter, Delicious, and more.
20 minute debrief & reflection
  • -This will be setup like a panel discussion with some of the session "students," the guest speaker, and teacher being the panelists. In this discussion panelists will discuss potential applications of citizen journalism in education, and the ethical and legal concerns about its use.

*This session is platform ambiguous. In fact, the more different types of computer and mobile device platforms the better. Participants are encouraged to use their own laptops and electronic devices for this session.