Top 25 college newspapers on Twitter – March 2011




Last month I started taking a closer look at other college newspapers on Twitter. I was really surprised by what I found and was amazed at how many have large followings, many of which are larger than the paper’s following on Facebook. I will update this list on the first Wednesday of each month. A few of the newspapers on the list don’t appear to be actively maintaining their Twitter accounts, so I likely will drop them off the list next month. I’m sure there are many more out there that I am missing. If you know of a college Continue reading






Top 25 college newspapers on Twitter




For the last couple of months Drake University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Chris Snider has been tracking the Top 25 college newspapers on Facebook. As an online editor for a college newspaper, I really value the data he has collected and seeing how our Facebook page compares to other schools. But, it left me wondering how our Twitter account stacked up. I found a couple of Twitter lists online with college newspapers and begin compiling the data. I was really surprised to see some college newspapers with more than 5,000 followers — especially considering only two of the Continue reading






Capturing young adults on Facebook




It’s no secret that college students use Facebook. The students currently in college today are considered digital natives. Businesses, towns, sport teams and news organizations are all capturing the growth of Facebook with fan pages. However, are news organizations capturing Facebook’s largest demographic? To explore this situation, it’s important to first look at how college media outlets are engaging their students on Facebook. These outlets not only train future journalists, they also train the future wave of journalism consumers. Wednesday Chris Snider, a former digital journalist and now journalism instructor at Drake University, released a blog post compiling data from Continue reading






When tragedy strikes social media can hurt or help




Quite often on this blog I have preached the benefits of social media. However, there are sometimes that it can actually hurt a news situation when it isn’t managed correctly. The hostage situation at the high school in  Marinette, Wis. this week is a prime example of the dangers of unmanaged social media. A student, with multiple weapons, took a classroom hostage and held them for about six hours Monday evening. Rumors shared on social media were reaching people long before actual facts were. These rumors included people being shot and that there was multiple casualties. Neither were true. In Continue reading






Did news media use social media enough on election night?




Last week I posted a video of Iowa State students describing how they followed Election 2010.  I was surprised by the fairly even mix of people saying they used new media vs. traditional media to follow the results. This left me thinking. Did the news media use social media enough? Were fewer people following online because they just didn’t think there would be reliable results? I turned to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism to find some analysis, which worked with Crimson Hexagon to analyze what was being said on Twitter






Are students turned off by TV news?




I witnessed something really interesting while waiting to meet a group outside Iowa State’s Curtiss Hall today. A pair of students were trying to shoot video interviews on Central Campus, but no one would talk to them. While I sat on the steps rehearsing lines for a scene from Waiting for Godot, I watched student after student blurt out an excuse and scurry off. After about 15 minutes they did succeed in getting one interview recorded, but it didn’t look like it lasted long. The reporters were looking to talk about last week’s midterm elections — a topic I found Continue reading