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Using Twitter to integrate practice and learning in journalism education: Could social media help to meet the twin challenge of both dimensions?

Hewett, J. (2013). Using Twitter to integrate practice and learning in journalism education: Could social media help to meet the twin challenge of both dimensions?. Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies, 2(2), pp. 333-346. doi: 10.1386/ajms.2.2.333_1

Abstract

Developments in journalism and in education pose multiple challenges for journalism educators at a time of great change in both sectors. They face changing demands and expectations from a range of stakeholders, including students, practitioners and employers. The challenges result partly from new forms of journalism practice – such as the use of social media – and partly from changes in education, such as a recognition of the value of social constructivist approaches, including peer and informal learning. This article suggests that one way forward is to take advantage of the dual dimension of social media – as both a vocationally important part of the curriculum and as a medium with recognized educational potential. Drawing on a study of the use of one key social media platform (Twitter) by postgraduate journalism students, it highlights the scope for such an approach.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: journalism, journalism education, social media, Twitter, social constructivism, social learning
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Journalism
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/13921
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