Telling It Like It Is: What I Thought About Journalism 327 Social Media Class at Creighton University

MY SENTENCE

My favorite part of the semester was when we came up with our “sentence.” I thought it was such an excellent idea. I learned so much about myself through introspection about what makes me tick and what career fields I might like to pursue in the future.

The sentence I came up for myself was, “Helper, event planner and Israel advocate who strives to make the world a better place.”

I think it would be cool to explore the career field of being an event planner. Interestingly, there is an event planning internship in Israel through Masa Israel Journey. In the future, I am considering partaking on this internship to see if this is an avenue I would like to pursue.

“Event Planning Internships Abroad with Masa Israel Journey,” YouTube. uploaded by Masa Israel, 15 Mar., 2012, https://youtu.be/Oi2c8iY-OeQ.

WHAT I ALSO LIKED

I liked hearing about the real world applications of this class. For example, we got to hear Amanda Brandt speak about Chartbeat, In addition, I liked that our class got to go on a field trip to the Nebraska Humane Society and hear what it is like to run social media for this organization from Elizabeth Hilpipre.

MOST VALUABLE PART OF THE CLASS

Additionally, I really liked developing a personal brand. I thought that this was the most valuable part of the class. If I hadn’t taken JRM 327, would I have ever set up a LinkedIn account on my own? Would I have ever developed my Twitter account and increased my followers? Because I took this class, I got to develop my personal brand on both of these social media platforms.

SUGGESTIONS TO ENHANCE THE CLASS

I wish that we could have watched an excellent journalism themed movie. I know that we watched the “BMW Film 1: Ambush ft. BMW 740i” YouTube video, but I think that video was really short.

“BMW Film 1: Ambush ft. BMW 740i,” YouTube. uploaded by BVP1982, 17 Mar., 2008, https://youtu.be/Yw7HqQBZTuM.

I think that we should have watched longer movies. In Jeff and Rich’s journalism classes, we always watched a movie that taught our class lessons about journalism. Perhaps there could be movie extra credit? I know that in Rich’s class, he gives extra credit for watching and writing a reflection on the movie “All the President’s Men.”

Even if it was just a laid back discussion in class after the movie without extra credit, I think that this idea is something that students would be genuinely interested in. Perhaps the students could vote on which movie that they would like to watch that pertains to journalism or social media.

Pie day was really cool. I feel like it would be cool to have desserts or baked goods during a movie day in class. Perhaps there could be a potluck where everyone brings something?

CRITICISMS OF THE CLASS

I was looking at the NEST and I noticed that this social media class was being offered in the summer.

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Creighton NEST Class Listing of JRM 327 Social Media for the Online Distance Format of this Course

One question I have is, “Are the students going to be required to give a presentation?” How can you give a presentation in an online class? Is there going to be a Skype video chat of the presentation?

I understand why there would not be a presentation. An online class is designed to work around distance student’s schedules. Furthermore, most Creighton students live outside of Nebraska. It’s not like they can just drive to campus to fulfill the in-person presentation part of this class.

Nevertheless, if there will not be a presentation component to this class in the summer, I feel like the students will have it much easier than we did during the in-person class. At the same time, the professor who will be teaching this class in the summer might have a substitute assignment such as a discussion post or a paper instead of a presentation. I suppose this might make up for not having the students do an in-person presentation.

#jmcawesome

Overall, this class was #jmcawesome!