This challenge must be completed by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 27.
This challenge requires you to live tweet an event as if you were a journalist reporting the event to your followers.
Find an event between now and Easter break that is suitable for live tweeting. Lectures, speeches, and public forums work particularly well. Routine meetings and performances do not work very well. Here is a list of events on campus. Several of these events might work, such as Cal Ripken Jr.’s speech on Thursday, March 14; Immaculee Ilibagiza’s lecture on Wednesday, March 13; or the “Haiti: The National Drama” event on Tuesday, March 19. There may be other campus events, too, that are not listed on the schedule.
If you can’t find an on-campus event to attend, find an appropriate event off-campus.
If you can’t find an event on or off campus to attend, you may live tweet a televised event. However, this should be a last resort because it is not the same experience as actually being part of the event. Also, you won’t receive the 3 extra-credit points for tweeting an event in person (See “Grading” below). You may live tweet a competitive reality show (such as “American Idol,” “Survivor,” “Dancing with the Stars,” etc.) or a televised sports event or awards show. You may NOT live tweet a scripted comedy or drama series or movie.
When you have chosen an event, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell me the name and description of the event and the date and time. If it’s an off-campus event, I need to give you permission to live tweet it.
Be sure to arrive on time, and try not to disturb the organizers of the event or the audience. At many events, sitting in the front row and burying your head in your laptop may be seen as rude.
Use the Twitter account you created for this course to live tweet the event. Make sure to follow the advice for live tweeting discussed in class, including the following:
- Select an appropriate hashtag and use it in every tweet.
- Send out at least one tweet before the event to announce that you will be live tweeting it. All other tweets should be sent while the event is in progress.
- There is no set number of tweets (but 4 or 5 is probably too few). Generally, the longer the event, the more tweets. Post enough tweets to give people a clear sense of the event and its highlights. The tweets serve as a narrative of the event. Don’t omit important information. Tweets should be spread out throughout the event. There shouldn’t be long gaps between tweets. Don’t send all your tweets at the end.
- Write in third person. (Do not use the words I/me/my.) Include your observations but not your personal opinions. The focus must be on the event, not on you. Show, don’t tell.
- Each tweet should “stand alone,” as best as possible. Tweets should make sense to people who aren’t attending the event.
- Accuracy is crucial. Do not make any factual errors. If you do, fix them by sending out a new tweet.
- Use appropriate attribution, including Twitter handles where appropriate.
- Use correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
- You may include photos or video if you think they’re appropriate, but it’s not required.
This challenge is worth 20 points, broken down as follows:
Readability/organization (5 points): Is the stream of live tweets informative and easy to understand? Are the tweets organized well to create a strong narrative? Is attribution used appropriately to make it clear who is being quoted or paraphrased?
Reporting (5 points): Is the stream of tweets complete and accurate? Does it reflect good news judgment? Is every tweet relevant?
Tone and presentation (5 points): Is the tone of the tweets professional and engaging? Are hashtags used appropriately and consistently? Was there at least one tweet in advance announcing that you would be live tweeting?
Mechanics (5 points): Do the tweets use correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax?
Extra credit bonus points: If you live tweet an actual physical event in person (as opposed to live tweeting a televised event), you will receive 3 extra credit bonus points.