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Grant Supports Social Media Reporting Workshop

Nov. 16, 2012

Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are among the growing number of social media channels that are essential tools used by reporters covering protest movements.

The revolution in Egypt and the Occupy Movement are just two examples of how social media are playing major roles in organizing protest, as well as providing news coverage of the events.

Thanks to a grant from The Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the College of Communications and the Orange County Press Club presented a workshop covering social unrest in this era of Facebook and Twitter.

“We hope to teach journalists how to better cover social movements and how to better recognize them,” said Professor of Communications Jeffrey Brody.

In October, Brody, and Assistant Professor of Communications Brent Foster hosted the McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute. The University was one of seven grant recipients. Each workshop host conducted a webinar on their specific topic on The Poynter Institute’s e-learning site,, created a page of reporting resources for NewsU, and hosted a live chat on Poynter's website,

“Special reporting institutes have documented impact as a valuable resource for journalists and news outlets constrained by budget shortfalls and dwindling resources for staff training,” said Clark Bell, McCormick Foundation Journalism Program director.

For more information about giving to the College of Communications, please contact Michael Karg, Director of Development, at or 657-278-3348.

By: Michael Mahi, 657-278-5143

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