Reporting US2012: Using Facebook to Communicate by Ann Luce and Matthew Charles, Bournemouth University
In November 2012, 300 students came together in The Media School at Bournemouth University in the UK to report the US Presidential Election, Over the course of 10 days, students published 176 articles on a rolling news website, garnering more than 20,000 hits. On election night itself, students produced 10 hours of live coverage on both TV and Radio, airing 30 pre-recorded video pack- ages and 35 pre-recorded radio packages. This extra- curricular, experiential learning project, demanded constant contact and communication. Facebook was chosen as the main method of communication throughout the six-week project. This paper explores the successes and failures of using a social network site to manage such a large project.
Keywords: Journalism, Facebook, US2012, Experiential Learning, Communication