Keeping Up With Social Media Trends

I had lunch with a former student today, Matt Smelser at I and O Communications.  He’s doing some really cool things at his company.  During our lunch, Matt asked me about some ways that I keep up with social media trends, so I put the following together for him, thought I’d share it here. Pros …

Forces Driving Women From Computer Science

In tomorrow’s NY Times, the Digital Domain article talks about the dearth of women in the computer science profession. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/16/business/16digi.html.  I have been thinking and writing about this topic for years, first in an OJR post and then more recently in an declined Knight Grant application, as well as just talking about it to anyone …

More Development Resources

So, I didn’t get invited to the second round of the Knight News Challenge. That doesn’t mean I am not going forward with my vision of an interactive media center at Texas State.  I think there is a lot of opportunity to create a niche for ourselves in this area.  Here are some more resources …

Is Social Media Killing PR?

Have been following this discussion in which different tech bloggers have been attacking the traditional practice of PR, saying it’s being replaced in many ways by social media. What do you think? It started back in August with this post from Scobleizer stating “Build PR by building a great service and turn your users into …

A Vision of Students Today

Another great video by Michael Wesch from Kansas State, brings up some great points about students’ challenges and attitudes today.

Some recent social media posts

I’m prepping for a talk with PR students, and these articles came to my attention. Thought I’d share them here. 10 Ways to Make Press Releases More SEO Friendly – Mashable – http://mashable.com/2008/11/04/how-to-make-press-releases-seo-friendly/ 10 of the Best Social Media Tools for PR Professionals – Mashable – http://mashable.com/2008/10/30/best-social-media-tools-for-pr-professionals-and-journalists/ The 5 Rules of Advertising on Twitter – …

Election Dashboards and Interactives

While we wait for results to come in, I thought I’d find some good political interactives.  First stop, of course is NY Times.  Check out their cool Dashboard for monitoring returns as they come in. And, if you go to their Multimedia page, you can see all kinds of great presentations that have to do …