The Awesome Visual-Storytelling-Sharing-Social App You Aren’t Using But Should

Doing what I do for a living and working towards a Masters Degree in Social Media, I am often asked “What’s your favorite app or social platform?”  The typical ones roll off the tongue but in the top three or four, you’ll find Storehouse. I’m always a little stunned when people say, “Store-what?” Storehouse is […]
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All-Access Pass: It’s Not Just for the VIP Anymore

Assignment Snapshot: Explain why people in the following roles should use social media – i.e. how would they benefit: Foreign news correspondent. Local beat editor. Photojournalist at TV News. The All-Access Pass. It’s kind of a right of passage when you become a journalist. Your photo is snapped. A number is assigned. A logo is embossed. You get […]
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Ali Velshi: “Hairless Prophet of Doom” Turned Social Media Evangelist

Assignment Snapshot: Find a reporter who is enhancing their journalism through their use of social media. Explain why. Write a 500 word feature, including screen grabs of their social media activity. You may wish to conduct an original interview with your subject. Ali Velshi doesn’t sleep. No one will ever convince me otherwise. He’s the most […]
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I’m All About the Cause…But First, Let Me Take a Selfie

Assignment Snapshot: This post is an assignment for Social Media & News course for my Masters Degree program at the University of Florida. Below you will see the most shared media websites on Facebook and Twitter in January 2015 according to Newswhip. I am tasked with looking at relevant social media accounts and answering the following questions: […]
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7 INSIGHTS TO SURVIVAL: My Apple Watch, The Me Channel & a Time of Death

By Kelly Frank At the risk of sounding old, I took typing in high school. Yes, typing on an actual typewriter. There were computers but I went to an underfunded religious school so typing class was taught on this thing we call a typewriter. I also remember walking in to my first television newsroom and […]
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Engagement 101: Lists, Pics & Sex

Assignment Snapshot: Use social media to source a news article or piece of social media news content that engages you. Why does it engage you? How has the story been told? Consider the written journalism and any multi-media content. Do you recognize story telling techniques as discussed in our lecture? When in doubt…just turn to […]
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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the […]
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KickStarter: The Good, The Bad…and The Paul

In this week’s edition of “Masters Degree Studies with Kelly” we take a look at crowdsourcing. Our assignment was to take a look at KickStarter. Anything we liked? Anything we want to fund? Blog about it. As always…my purpose here is purely academic… So there is a running joke in my home. Inevitably every month […]
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I Masterminded a David Letterman Kidnapping Plot… (According to Google)

I remember the day back in 2005 quite vividly. I was working for the NBC affiliate in Phoenix as an Executive Producer. I walked in as I normally do every day and went straight to my desk.  When I arrived, I saw it covered in AP wire copy. Yes! Clearly something important was upon us if […]
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The CVS App (…because sometimes there just isn’t a clever title)

Our marching orders this week? Download a mobile app for a product/service/company. Share a little about it. Does it offer discounts? Coupons? Reviews? Does it include GPS features? How useful is this app? The following is for the Masters Degree program specializing in Social Media at the University of Florida. The observations and opinions are […]
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