The fifth annual ACT Experience conference, hosted by the Magazine Innovation Center and Dr. Samir Husni allowed students and faculty to interact with media industry leaders from around the world.
It also gave students in the Journalism Innovation course a chance to test out some new skills. The students in Prof. Deb Wenger’s section of the course hosted a twitter chat with ACT 5 speaker Bo Sacks.
They prepped for the chat by participating in one themselves in the week leading up to the event. They researched their expert, promoted the chat through the school’s Twitter feed, as well as to their own followers and kept the conversation going about the future of print in a digital world.
“The final step in the exercise was to summarize the chat through the use of Storify, which allowed students to continue adding to the conversation by pulling in links to Bo’s previous writings and speeches and by adding context to the 140 character exchanges,” said Wenger.
Students also registered for Klout accounts to determine how hosting the chat might affect their impact on social media. Most were happy to report an increase in their scores, though a few lost a handful of followers during the event, at least one gained a couple as well.
“This type of exploration followed by application is critical to helping students understand the point of learning about technology in their journalism and communications courses,” Wenger said.