Top 25 college newspapers on Twitter – April 2011




Twitter followings for college newspapers continues to grow, and at rapid rates for some papers. Several are gaining 400+ followers each month I have tracked these. I’m really surprised by the shifts on the Top 25 list this month. Four papers got bumped and four new ones took their place. I’m sure I’m missing many great college newspapers out there. Check the numbers below or my list on Twitter and let me know if I’m missing a paper. I’ll gladly at it to the list and include it in next month’s numbers. The Top 25 The Top 25 is quickly Continue reading






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






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






How did Iowa State students follow election 2010?




After my second election as a journalist I was curious how students followed the 2010 midterm election. Two classmates and I went out to Iowa State’s Central Campus to ask students and produced a video with their answers.






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A new approach to crowdsourcing the story




Yesterday I got an interesting tweet from @NBCElectionDay telling me that I was a piece of art and had been added to an Election Day mosaic. Of course, a tweet like that got get my attention. But, it was the information behind the tweet that really intrigued me. What was this mosaic and what did I have to do with it? Well, as it turns out, there is a company called Hashtag Art that allows users to submit an image, designate a Twitter hashtag and it will capture people’s Twitter avatars to create a mosaic, complete with tweets containing the Continue reading