Sort of In-Class Assignment: Tweet or Liveblog the State of the Union

In lieu of lab today, we’re going to engage our social media skills in real time. At 8 p.m. tonight, President Barack Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address, which will be broadcast on pretty much every major network. You will be covering it. Your out-of-class in-class assignment is to either tweet or liveblog the State of the Union address. Depending on the option you choose, here are your instructions:

Option 1: Twitter

  • If you don’t have a Twitter account, you’ll need to create one (it’s easy – go to their site).
  • You must send me your Twitter handle to follow. If you don’t want me following your main account, create an alternate and send me that. No handle, no credit.
  • Although personal reaction is a big part of Twitter, tweets should not be all opinions (e.g. “Right on!” or “That’s stupid.”). What can you add to the conversation? Can you provide links or data that support or contradict the statements being made? What can you add to ReTweets? Try to make your conversation valuable.
  • There is not a set number of tweets you must make other than “enough.” Two is not enough. Use your judgment.
  • Experiment with hashtag (#) topics. The #wvublogj tag isn’t required, but you might see what tags others are using (e.g., #sotu for State of the Union).

Option 2: Liveblogging

  • To liveblog, you’ll need to continually update a single post with the latest developments. It’s typical to place the latest updates at the top. For example:

8:15 p.m. – Stop clapping already!

8:01 p.m. – The clapping begins.

  • You’ll need to identify the time of each Here’s some guidelines for how a liveblog works.
  • You must send me a permalink to your post to receive credit.
  • Although opinion is definitely part of blogging, your goal should be to add to the conversation as well as provide your immediate responses (e.g. “Right on!” or “That’s stupid.”). How can you enrich the conversation? Can you provide links or data that support or contradict the statements being made? What connections can you make?
  • A few links would surely be helpful. Try to make connections others might not think of.
  • If you can’t make the time of the address, you’ll need to find a re-broadcast online and liveblog it (use the points in the video as your time stamps, e.g., 0:00, 0:12, etc.). This must be posted by noon on Wednesday, January 26.

Once more, you must send me either your Twitter handle (e.g., @thebobthe) or liveblog permalink to receive credit for this assignment. Experiment with your chosen medium and see what you can do!

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13 Responses to Sort of In-Class Assignment: Tweet or Liveblog the State of the Union

  1. capnwinters says:

    Kirk Auvil here. My Twitter handle is @capnwinters

  2. aarongeiger says:

    @butifandthat — If you are a Democrat, who would you pick for your Republican date, and vis-a-vis (since they are sitting together tonight)?

  3. tonicekada says:

    My twitter handle is @ToniCekada. I hope that’s what you meant by handle. I just created a twitter today, so I’ll try it out tonight.

  4. deepafadnis says:

    @deepafwvu

  5. deepafadnis says:

    I think the speech is at 9 pm..

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