Monday, September 19, 2011

I'm Presenting My Social Media Research @ the Rochester Institute of Technology #smacsrit

On Thursday September 29th I'll present a social media research paper at the Rochester Institute of Technology's Social Media and Communication Symposium (@SMACSRIT).

Video used to promote the symposium.

My paper is titled "Social Media Use within Mass Communication and Journalism" and the abstract is below.

Abstract: Along with the skyrocketing increase in the number of social media users in the past several years, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have also grown in terms of influence and importance. Given the popularity and importance of social media and given that mass communication and journalism departments and schools have the knowledge, skills and equipment to write and produce social media content, it would be expected that these departments and schools are strong proponents of social media use. However, results of this study show otherwise. Using diffusion of innovations theory to help explain the results, this paper answers the following three sets of questions: (1) How many mass communications departments or schools offer a social media course? How many courses include some coverage of social media? (2) To what degree are social media covered in introductory mass communications textbooks? (3) How many mass communications departments/schools have adopted the use of social media to help promote and building community within the department or school? How does this compare to social media use by their universities as a whole? Is there a difference between small departments and larger schools?

If you are interested in learning more, please let me know.  Send an email or leave a comment below.

Very soon after this conference I'll be submitting this paper for possible publication in an academic journal.  Your questions and feedback would greatly help.

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  1. Let me start off by saying this video is awesome!! I think it would be a great way to start your presentation because it is very engaging. Secondly, I appreciate you posting your abstract. An abstract is a component of APA style writing that I am not familiar with. Thanks for the example.

    I think your speech will be interesting because social media has changed our daily routine. When my Grandfather wakes up in the morning he reads the paper, whereas I check my timeline on Twitter. I agree that it is important for Colleges and Universities to adopt these new forms of mass media as a part for the education process. For example, this is my first time taking an online course. So far I have found the course to be beneficial due to the different styles of communication we use. I have been introduced to the world of blogging and group chatting. Though hesitant at first, I can honestly say that I am enjoying my online educational experience.

  2. Thanks.
    This blog post is a post about some research that I did over a year ago.


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