This challenge must be completed by noon Friday, April 4.


This challenge requires you to live tweet an event as if you were a journalist reporting the event to your followers.


Find an event that is suitable for live tweeting. Lectures, speeches, and public forums work particularly well. Routine meetings, workshops, and performances do not work very well. Here is a list of events on campus. Several of these events might work, such as the Sports and Spirituality lectures or the convocation featuring the CEO of Investors Bank. In addition, the SHU Speaks event on March 26 will feature Jennifer Siebel Newsom, producer of the documentary “Miss Representation,” about media portrayals of women and the under-representation of women in positions of power. You can probably find several other campus events as well between now and the end of March.

If you can’t find an on-campus event to attend, find an appropriate event off-campus. It cannot be an event in which you are an active participant.

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, and you will lose 2 points for not live tweeting an event in person (See “Grading” below). If you live tweet a televised event, it should be a competitive reality show 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 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.

Use the Twitter account you created for this course to live tweet. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. You are their eyes and ears. If people “had to be there” to understand your tweets, then the live tweeting wasn’t helpful.
  • 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.
  • Feel free to include photos if you think they’re appropriate (and if you can take photos without disrupting the event), but photos are not required.

Submitting the assignment

When you are finished live-tweeting the event, send me a Direct Message (DM) on Twitter with the name of the event, the time it started, and the hashtag you used in your tweets. The DM must be sent by noon Friday, April 4.


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?

There will be an automatic 2-point deduction if you live tweeted a televised event rather than an event in person.


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