I’m a student in the School of Communication at the University of Miami, but you would think that the various journalism programs (print, broadcast and visual) speak different languages sometimes from the lack of collaboration that is present.
Yes, there have been several notable successes — and I’ve been lucky to be in three classes this year that focus on convergence (In-depth reporting for convergent media, online journalism and interactive storytelling) — but the level of cooperation is still not where it should be.
I kept all this is mind while devising a new final project for my CNJ 442 online journalism class, after the first plan regarding the new TheMiamiHurricane.com didn’t work out a planned.
The result is a social networking site the class is developing using Ning:
The general idea came to me one night as I was chatting online with Hurricane Visuals Editor Will Wooten (check out his recent site redesign). Regarding the group name, which I love, credit goes to Kiersten Schmidt.
Here are details from the CNJ 442 proposal that I drafted and the class helped refine:
- Bring together in one forum the three journalism programs at the University of Miami School of Communication: print, broadcast and visual
- Recruit students, faculty, staff, alumni and prospective students
- Begin a conversation about the future of schoolâ€™s journalism programs
- Conceptualize collaborative projects for classes, students, media outlets, etc.
- Take ideas and turn them into reality
- Profile pages: students, faculty, administrators
- Groups: programs, classes, projects, media
- Feeds: blogs, news, etc.
- Photos and videos
- Blogs: internal
- Discuss and decide on name for group (complete)
- Create network (complete)
- Create profile pages (complete)
- Create groups within network: programs, classes, media, organizations, etc.
- Invite/recruit students, professors, administrators, staff, alumni and prospective students (in progress)
- Table in the SoC courtyard
- Solicit ideas from everyone regarding the future of curriculum, organizations
- Conceptualize possible collaboration projects, way to converge
- Maintain the discussion
- Continue to recruit new group members
UPDATE: I forgot one very important reason for this site:
Students should have a voice in the development of curriculum.
Weigh in: Any suggestions/ideas for this site?