Assignment #5: Twitter Scavenger Hunt

February 9, 2015

You’re all Twitter users (or so you’ve told me), but have you ever used it for non-personal ends? It can be a powerful tool for newsgathering as well. For the remainder of class today (Monday, February 9), you’re heading out into the world in teams of two (at least one of you needs a phone with the Twitter app) to find 10 things. You’ll need to complete the bulk of this assignment by the end of class.

IMPORTANT: To count, each tweet MUST include:

  • The number you are doing (e.g., 1. Joe Smith: “I love WVU”)
  • The hashtags #WVUblogJ and #JRLWeb
  • EXAMPLE: “3. Prof. Biggins (Econ): It’s made protesting easier, but also more identifiable. #WVUblogJ #JRLWeb”
  •  Restrictions: Stay out of Martin Hall, no College of Media profs, and no more than half can come from Mountainlair

And now … the list!

  1. School spirit! Photo and quote from someone (not you or your partner) revealing school or civic spirit (what that means is up to you. Be creative.)
  2. Eating Up: Photo and quote (not you or your partner) from your favorite eating spot or watering hole on or near campus.
  3. Professor on the street. Photo and quote from a professor on campus. Ask them what role they think social media plays in our society today. Be sure you include the professor’s title and department.
  4. Student on the street. Photo and quote from a student. Ask them where they get their news and if they use social media to keep up on the news. Be sure you include their year in school and major.
  5. Academic excellence. Photo and quote that reveals (you are going to have to be creative) how your school contributes to cutting edge research and/or learning.
  6. Scenic spot. Photo of your favorite scenic spot on or near campus.
  7. Little-known fact. Photo and quote of something you think many people might not know about your school or campus or city.
  8. Fanatic fans – Photo/quote from somebody asking for their prognosis on the remainder of the basketball season, or other sport of your choice.
  9. Extracurricular extravaganza: Photo and quote that exemplifies some of the huge variety of clubs, organizations, etc. available to students at our university.
  10. Freestyle: Your very own final unique tidbit of information/photo about our campus or city. Be creative.

When complete (these must also include both hashtags):

  • VINE CHALLENGE: Submit an interesting/funny/relevant Vine about your school (don’t forget the hashtags)
  • INTERCOLLEGIATE CROSSTALK: When you are done, or even while you are going, respond to at least 5 students at other universities.
  • STORIFY: We’ll start this in Wednesday’s class, but if you’d like to prepare in advance, it will include the following: a)All of your own Tweets b)Your top three favorite Tweets from your classmates c)Your top five Tweets from other schools. d)At least five responses you made to students from other schools. In this Storify, reflect on what you learned and observed from the experience.


  • Scavenger hunt: Majority must be done by end of class today
  • Vine and Retweets: Due by 10a Wednesday, Feb. 11
  • Storify: We’ll make this in class on Wednesday, Feb. 11

A Few Tips:

  • Provide an introductory Tweet or two explaining what you are doing and introducing the members of your team. You may use either of your accounts or both. Doesn’t matter as we are using the hashtag to organize the Tweets.
  • Think like a reporter. Have an eagle eye for the interesting, the important, the relevant, the unique, and the immediate. Double check your facts.
  • Think like a public relations professional. Show other people what’s cool about WVU.
  • Think like a storyteller. You may only have 140 characters in each tweet (actually 120, minus the 20 for your hashtags), but you can say a lot in a few words or using an image.
  • You may use more than one Tweet for each of the items below. Don’t overdo it, though, and don’t forget the #WVUblogJ and #JRLWEB hashtags!
  • 140 characters isn’t much. Try using tricks like Vine, , and others to make it easier.

This is going to seem a little strange to some of you, but the goal is to reveal to you the journalistic applications of Twitter. You need to be an observer, a reporter, and you can’t be afraid to accost people on the street for their opinions. You’ll provide perspective and voice, and you’ll tell a larger audience something about your subject (WVU, in this case) – make sure you’re thinking of them!