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Trends in New Media Cindy Royal, Ph.D Assistant Professor Texas State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication [email protected]

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Cindy Royal presentation to UT Reynolds ASNE High School Journalism Institute on Trends in New and Social Media

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Trends in New Media

Cindy Royal, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Texas State University

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

[email protected]

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Web Design and Publishing -

Multimedia Journalism -

Issues in New Media -

Advanced Online Media -

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Social Media in the Classroom

No longer required to know HTML/CSS/Web or Graphic Design/FTP/Domain Registration/Hosting to have a presence on the Web

The Web is the location of user-generated content galore

Lots of free and cheap tools that you can use in the classroom

Easy to implement

Fun for you and students

Can integrate ideas and concepts, while teaching technical skills

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Milestones in Multimedia

1997Blackhawk Down

1998Drudge ReportGoogle1999BloggerIndyMedia

2000OhMyNewsAOL/Time Warner merger

2001DotCom Bust9/11 TributesWikipedia launched

2002Google News

2004Jon Stewart on CrossfireRathergatePress Credentials to BloggersWikiNews, Facebook, Digg

2005YouTubeNews Corporation buys MySpace2006

MacacaInvention of the Year - YouTubePerson of the Year - YouGoogle Buys YouTube $1.65B

2003RSSGoogle Buys BloggerMySpace launched

1995Craigslist launchedSlate, Salon, USA Today, Houston Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer online

2007VA TechTwitter tips at SXSWInvention of the Year - iPhoneCNN/ YouTube Debates

Pre-1995Wired Magazine - 1993NY Times on AOL - 1994Nando -1994

1996Washington PostWall Street JournalChicago TribuneLA TimesMSNBC

2008CBS acquires CNETCandidates embrace social

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Key Terms

• Blog• Web 2.0 • User-generated content• Mobile/Moblogging• Mashup• RSS • Tag/ Tag Cloud• Podcast/Vcast• Wiki• Web-first journalism• Programmer/Journalist• OpenSocial• Widgets

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Using RSS Feeds

Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication Set up an RSS reader like iGoogle. Sign in to Google with a Google

account. You can set up the theme, tabs, and specific feeds that you check.

Look for RSS icon in address bar or on page of Web site. When you click on the icon, you choose how you want to subscribe to the feed.

Set up custom RSS feeds on particular topics using Google News Use to keep up with news and trends, resources for current events

quizzes, easy access to news in class Your blogs will have their own RSS feeds; can use to repurpose content

in creative ways Create your own feed for your online content, podcasts, etc. (xml file

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Keeping Up

• Google News/Yahoo News - Technology

• NY Times Technology/David Pogue

• Wired News

• Scobleizer

• TechCrunch

• Digg

• Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang

• Techmeme


• Social Media Today

• Mashable

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Blogs Blogger - owned by Google

Very easy to get started, use Blogger Mobile Easy to embed media (videos, etc) Variety of design themes, can customize html/css


More robust, can make a site with pages (About, Contact, etc.); more like making an entire Web site

Good stats Good comment spam filter Must pay to customize css Challenges with embedding some content – host installation on your own server

Both free Both offer the ability to use your own domain

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My Blogs - personal tech blog - Multimedia

Journalism class, combination of observations and articles. - Graduate Issues in New Media class, observations from readings - South By Texas State, coverage of SXSW Interactive, photos, video - Writing for the Mass Media Course - personal music Web site, integrated with blog

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Purchased by Google for $1.6 billion Oct. 2006 Easy to upload video Accepts a variety of formats Can be embedded into blogs

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More Online Tools

Facebook or MySpace – set up groups; post content; stay in touch - social bookmark manager


Niche Social Networks

Ning - LinkedIn

Flickr/Picasa – photo sharing sites

Web Resizer – - online tool for optimizing size of photos for the Web

Google Pages – - free, easy way to create a Web site; some limitations

Wikipedia - discuss credibility, have students contribute, wisdom of crowd vs. gatekeepers

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Free (or cheap) Software!

SoundSlides – make a photo slideshow

Must be hosted on a Web site

Difficult, but not impossible, to embed on a blog

Soundslides ($39.95) must include audio (you can tweak with a silent file); new Soundslides Plus ($69.95) lets you choose whether or not to have audio

Audacity – free; edit audio, create mp3 files

iMovie (Mac) or Windows MovieMaker (PC) – video editing

SnapZPro (Mac, $69) /Camtasia(PC, $179) – screen capture; use for developing online tutorials

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On The Go...

Blogger Mobile – - send photos and text directly from your phone to your blog – stream LIVE video from your phone!

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Second Life

Virtual, online world Users set up avatars, create spaces Organizations have purchased islands,

developed resources Potential for teleconferencing, distance


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You don't need expensive equipment Most students have digital cameras or cell

phones that can shoot photos/video Low-end cameras with video Digital audio recorders Camcorders

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Web Hosting Domain registration/hosting – lots of options; I've used;,

FTP Tools Fetch (Mac, free)

WS-FTP (PC, free) -

Net2Ftp - - Web-based FTP

FireFTP - - Firefox Add-on

HTML Tutorials Barebones Guide to HTML -

W3 Schools - Beyond the basics there's Flash, Javascript, PHP, audio and

video editing...

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SXSW Interactive - Wired Magazine - - Great Work Gallery - Online Journalism Awards - Knight Digital Media Center - Online Journalism Review Archives - Interactive Narratives - News Videographer Blog - Angela Grant - We The Media by Dan Gillmor Convergence Culture by Henry Jenkins The Long Tail by Chris Anderson Editor & Publisher Awards - Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication -

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Final Note

This is not a passing trend, a side item, or a nice extra. It's what we do.

Remember, communication is about technology and technology is about communication.

Don't be overwhelmed. The important thing is you get started, try new things, and have fun.

Who knows what's next?!