Twitter Scavenger Hunt!

These days, anyone with a mobile phone and a Twitter account can commit an “act of journalism.” As digital journalism students, I expect you to commit acts of journalism whenever you stumble upon news. In that spirit, we are embarking on a Twitter Scavenger Hunt with students at a dozen other universities in the U.S., Canada, and Egypt. I’ll hand out the assignment in class.

Postscript: Here are some Storified highlights of our scavenger hunt.

Why have a Twitter scavenger hunt? To reinforce the idea that if you have a cell phone in your pocket, you can commit an act of journalism anywhere, anytime.

Just ask:

  • @jkrums, a.k.a. “Miracle on the Hudson Guy” Janis Krums.
  • SMU Journalism ’09 grad Holly Roberts, whose cell phone shot of President Bush’s first campus visit after leaving office made the rounds in the national blogosphere and drew praise from a Dallas Morning News editor.
  • Or SMU Journalism ’11 grad Meredith Shamburger, who constantly snapped Twitpics during her coverage of Hurricane Irene in upstate New York last fall.
  • You are hereby expected to pounce on breaking news! If news breaks on or near campus this semester, I expect #j2380 students to be all over it — post Twitter pics and alert your classmates at The Daily Campus!

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