The Use of Digital Means in the Teaching and Learning of Multiplatform and 2.0 News Communication

Abstract

The debate promoted decades ago on the use of the ICT as a key factor for the learning processes in the university teaching, together with the advancements in the journalistic field support this paper approach (Scott, 2002). The main aim is to determine the value of using social media when training journalism students on the specific aptitudes that are being currently demanded by the media companies. These abilities focus on the work in the professional multiplatform environments and relate to basic aptitudes, such as news writing and reporting, as well as to transversal ones, such as cooperative work. Even if the educators' efforts to prepare students to practice online journalism have centered mainly on the hypertextual, multimedia, and interactive aspects of online media (Deuze, 2001; Lowrey, Danels, Becker, 2005), in order to remain competitive academic journalism programs tend to address more and more media convergence and to include social media reporting in their curricula (Bor, 2014). In the light of these circumstances, this paper studies how online journalism and communication related subjects are dealing with these current instructional challenges, providing data of an innovation education project aimed at developing Spanish and Brazil journalism students’ reporting skills via the use of social media and multiplatform news coverage.



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Ainara Larrondo, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Irati Agirreazkuenaga, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Simón Peña, University of the Basque Country, Spain

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Conference: ECE2017
Stream: Digital technologies and communications

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