In light of the grumbles I heard when I began talking about the podcast assignment, I gave up on the idea of having students do the podcast project this semester and created this content curation assignment as an alternative.
The topic can be anything you’re interested in, but it must be specific and relatively narrow. Examples:
- Gluten-free cooking tips
- How to Use Instagram for Marketing
- SEO Tips for Content Curators
- DIY Home Plumbing
- Fall 2014 Fashion Trends
Define a Specific Audience
You must define a specific audience who will be interested in your topic. Examples:
- 22-year-old college students
- Stay-at-home moms with children under 12
- 20-something guys joining the workforce
- Digital advertising professionals
- Pez Dispenser Collectors
20 Pieces of Useful Content
You must curate (as opposed to aggregate) 20 pieces of useful content about your topic. Content examples can be:
- Informative tweets (with links or graphics)
- Public Facebook posts
- YouTube videos
- Blog posts
- Other online articles
- Infographics separate from blog posts
Be sure to include some of your personal commentary to explain the curation angle: Why is this piece of content relevant and helpful? Explain the thread the ties your content together.
How To Submit The Assignment
- On or before Friday, October 17: Turn in a two-sentence (max) statement defining your topic and your audience. You can tweet this to me, put it in a blog post on the website or write it on a piece of paper. Please do NOT email the info to me.
- On or before Wednesday, November 4: Create a blog post on http://socialmediapractices.wordpress.com and embed or link to the curated content page on Storify or Scoop.it. Include your name so I can easily identify who’s the submitter, in case you have a non-obvious user name on Scoop.it or Storify.
- Once you’ve finished #1 and #2, share a link to the curated page via Twitter using #smpclass so I will see it there.