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New media and journalism

Sri Lanka College of Journalism staff training

Title of the course

New media and journalism

Overview of class schedule

Day Overview
1 What  is  social  media?    
What  is  new  media?  
History  of  the  internet  and  web  
Setting  up  accounts  in  key  new  media  platforms  
Introduction  to  blogs  and  blogging  
Searching  Google:  Basics  to  advanced  techniques  (including  https://  search)  
2 Social  networking  and  journalism:  Facebook,  Twitter  
Mobile  and  reporting:  SMS,  MMS,  mobile  journalism  (e.g.  LTTE  air  attack  reports)  
VoIP:  Skype,  Google  Talk  
3 Google’s  universe  of  tools  and  platforms:  Gmail,  Google  News,  Google  Reader,  
Google  Books,  Google  Docs,  Google  Maps,  Transliteration,  Dictionary  

Class goals
• Increasing the capabilities and capacity of journalists involved in newsroom
administration to leverage the potential of new media
• Systematise and harmonise mainstream media’s adoption of new media
• Expose participants to cutting-edge new media tools that aid journalism as well as
back-office operations and research
• Provide hands-on experience in the use of some leading new media tools and
• Promote the understanding of that new media literacy is today a core requirement in
journalism practice and training.

Class outline
This course is aimed at mid-career journalists. Participants will learn to leverage the
power of new media to strengthen their output, coordination, collaboration, research,
outreach and internal reporting.

The course approaches new media as a concept and idea, and less as a specific set of
tools and platforms. Existing tools and platforms that are robust, come from or are
anchored to well-established companies and show little risk of sudden demise or data
loss will be demonstrated, and through them, the submission that new media can aid all
aspects of mainstream media’s operations proposed.

Teaching approach
The teaching methodology will embrace a combination of theoretical and practical
approaches including, lectures, class discussion, case studies, hands-on exercises,
simulations and role-playing.

New media and journalism
Sri Lanka College of Journalism staff training

Further reading
• ‘Expanding the Art of the Possible: Leveraging Citizen Journalism and User
Generated Content (USG) for Peace in Sri Lanka’, published in South Asian Media
Cultures: Audiences, Representations, Contexts, Shakuntala Banaji (Editor), Anthem
Press (April 2010)
• The Hugh Cudlipp lecture: Does journalism exist?, the full text of Guardian editor Alan
Rusbridger's Hugh Cudlipp lecture,
• The Role of the Internet in Burma’s Saffron Revolution by Mridul Chowdhury,
• New Media: The Press Freedom Dimension,
• Future of Media Report 2008,
• The Future of the Internet II,
• We Media: How audiences are shaping the future of news and information,
• Open Source Democracy,

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New media and journalism
Sri Lanka College of Journalism staff training

Course timetable

Time 6th 7th 8th

10.00 – 11.30 Introduction and Recap of Day 1 Class exercise
needs mapping
Introduction to
History of the Facebook and
internet and web Twitter

Introduction to
new media and
social networking
11.45 – 13.30 Setting up Using Facebook and 1pm
accounts on key Twitter for
new media, social journalism Recap of Day 1 and 2
networking and
VoIP platforms Advanced Gmail

Adding content to Setting up and using

each of the video Google Docs
and audio
14.30 – 15.45 Introduction to Mobile phones, Use Google Maps
blogs and blogging social networking
and reporting Using Google
Embedding media Transliteration
into blogs,
including Flickr Using Google
slideshow, Dictionary
YouTube video,
Vimeo video and
16.00 – 17.00 Introduction to Voice over IP: Skype Wrap up and questions
advanced and and Google Talk
realtime Google

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New media and journalism
Sri Lanka College of Journalism staff training

Course details

10.00 – 11.30, Day 1

Introduction and needs mapping
• Introduction to the course
• What are the expectations of participants?

History of the Internet

• Brief video on the evolution of the internet

Introduction to new media and social networking

• The history of Facebook, Twitter and why they matter to journalism today

11.45 – 13.30, Day 1

Setting up accounts on key social networking and new media sites, including:
• YouTube
• Gmail
• Vimeo
• Gmail
• Twitter
• Facebook
• Soundcloud
• Skype
• Slideshare
• Ustream
• Doodle

Adding content to each of the multimedia platforms

• Add a video to YouTube and Vimeo
• Upload a podcast on Soundcloud

14.30 – 15.45, Day 1

Introduction to blogs and blogging
• Introduction to Wordpress and why it is preferred
• Setting up Wordpress blog including,
1. Choosing a name carefully
2. Choosing a theme
3. Setting up the design (widgets)
4. Typing and saving the first blog post
5. Publishing a blog post
6. Calling in a blog post via a phone call

Embedding media into blogs

• Embedding the following media into a blog post,
1. Flickr photo slideshow
2. YouTube video
3. Vimeo video
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New media and journalism
Sri Lanka College of Journalism staff training

4. Soundcloud podcast
5. Slideshare presentation

16.00 – 17.00, Day 1

Introduction to Google search
• Basic search
• Advanced search techniques including realtime social search
• Secure (https://) searching

10.00 – 11.30, Day 2

Recap of Day 1
• Questions and discussion of Day 1 work

Introduction to Facebook and Twitter

• Facebook account setup, privacy issues, Groups and Pages, Like button
• Twitter account setup, privacy issues, curated lists, retweets and other services
including photo services, audio services and mobile clients for Twitter

11.45 – 13.30, Day 2

Using Facebook and Twitter for journalism
• Local and international examples
• Do a story on Facebook and Twitter

14.30 – 15.45, Day 2

Mobile phones, social networking and reporting
• Introduction to Ustream and Bambuser
• Recording and broadcasting a live event using Ustream

16.00 – 17.00, Day 2

Voice over IP (VoIP)
• Introduction to Skype and Google Talk
• Walk through of Skype call, chat, video call and file transfer

1pm – 2pm, Day 3

Recap of Day 1 and Day 2
• Class discussion and questions from day one and two of the course.

Introduction to Google
• Introducing the range of tools and platform Google now owns of use to journalism
and mainstream media back office operations

Using Gmail
• Using Gmail securely

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• Setting up a desktop client to access Gmail

• Setting an away message
• Getting other emails into Gmail

2 – 3pm, Day 3
Setting up and using Google Reader and Google News
• Using Google News to tailor make a news page
• Using Google Reader to pull news
• Advanced filtering on Google News

Using Google Docs

• Setting up Google Docs
• Creating an online document
• Sharing an online document
• Interactive data gathering using Google Docs
• Planning a meeting using Doodle (

3.30 – 4.30pm, Day 3

Using Google Maps
• Example from Groundviews’ story on Colombo flooding
• Create a map and plot an incident
• Embed map into Wordpress

Using Google Transliteration

• Type basic letter in Sinhala without resorting to Unicode keyboard mapping

Using Google Dictionary

4.30 – 5pm, Day 3

Wrap up and questions

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New media and journalism
Sri Lanka College of Journalism staff training

Instructor bio

Sanjana Hattotuwa
Educated at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia in the finest traditions of a liberal
education, Sanjana read English at the University of Delhi, India and as a Rotary World
Peace Fellow, was awarded an Advanced Masters in Conflict Resolution and
International Relations from the University of Queensland, Brisbane with a Dean’s
Commendation for High Achievement.

Sanjana is a Special Advisor to the ICT4Peace Foundation based in Geneva,

Switzerland. Through the Foundation, Sanjana works to further the use of ICTs in
crisis information management and peacekeeping initiatives at the United Nations.
As a Fellow of the Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution at the
University of Massachusetts, Boston, Sanjana contributes to the evolution of Online
Dispute Resolution (ODR), with a special focus on mobile communications.
Sanjana is the founding editor of Groundviews, an international award-winning web
based citizen journalism initiative now widely recognised as one of the most vital sites
for critical dissent in Sri Lanka.

In 2010, Sanjana received the prestigious TEDGlobal Fellowship, two years after he
was awarded a News & Knowledge Entrepreneur Fellowship from the Ashoka
Foundation. Both awards recognise pioneering efforts to create and use citizen
journalism and new media to bear witness and strengthen democracy, human rights
and just peace. He is regularly approached and consulted as an editor, writer and
evaluator of programmes, project reports, academic research and post-graduate work on
ICTs, the intersection of humanitarian aid and ICTs, cyber-security for human rights
defenders and new media for peacebuilding.

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