The Meek School of Journalism and New Media

The University of Mississippi

Mobile news gathering assignment makes smart use of smartphones

Posted on: September 4th, 2012 by alysia

Smartphones turned into news gathering tools in JOUR 500 Journalism Innovation, August 27, 2012. Photo by Deb Wenger.

Armed with iPhones and Droids, students in the Meek School’s “Journalism Innovation” course headed out to produce audio slideshows for their first multimedia assignment.

Instructors Deb Wenger and Alysia Steele provided guidance and examples, but it was up to the students to find a topic that lent itself to storytelling through audio and photos.

“Sometimes the best news gathering tool is the one in your hand,” said Wenger. “Certainly, more and more professional journalists are relying on smartphones to connect with their audiences through social media or to cover a story on the fly. We need our students to know how to use as many devices as possible to tell a story.”

Students were also asked to review all the projects and vote for the best. The winners appear below.

Union Crowding
By Jennifer Peterson

An increase in enrollment at the University of Mississippi has created quite a crowd at the Student Union’s food court.

Ashley Keel is a senior who says freshmen are not the only students who are affected by the union’s long lines.

“I have very limited time between classes and I don’t always have time to go to my sorority house and grab a bite to eat,” Keel said.

During peak lunch hours, the Union’s spiraling lines and lack of tables are especially noticeable.

Keel says that although she believes the lines will die down after the freshmen get into sororities and fraternities, she thinks the university needs to address the problem.

“The lines are so long because of the way [the union] is organized right now. I think if they were to expand it or reorganize it, things would run a lot more smoothly,” Keel said.

Unplugged at the Union: NPHC hosts Meet the Greek Week
By Will Strouth and Alex DeJoy

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m., students and faculty are drawn to thumping beats that echo across the Grove and blast through the Union plaza.

The Student Programming Board sponsors the “Union Unplugged” each week and features various performances and events from and for students.

“It is always interesting to see what will be out there as I walk from my first class to lunch,” sophomore Charlotte McMullan said.

Members of the Divine Nine sororities and fraternities that are part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) gathered on Tuesday, Aug. 28 to participate in what’s called strolling. A traditional event for members of NPHC organizations, the loud music and specially choreographed dance moves always bring in a packed crowd.

Aug. 27 Monday kicked off “Meet the Greek Week” for NPHC and the week will conclude on Friday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. with a step show at the Ford Center.