Students Offer Real-Time Social Media Coverage of Mandela Death

Students Offer Real-Time Social Media Coverage of Mandela Death

MandelaWhen news broke about the death of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela on Dec. 5, students began curating the social web to produce stories on deadline as part of their Advanced Social Media Course at  the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

A dozen students, led by Profs. Adam Glenn and Jennifer Preston of The New York Times, applied their social curation skills to collect video, images, and tweets from around the world to produce online, multi-media stories using the curation tool, Storify.

Glenn’s team – Michael Russell, Matt Surrusco, Sarah Khuwaja, Erica HochstedlerKaren Petree and Danielle Valente – created a Storify focusing on reaction from world leaders ranging from current and past U.S. presidents to human rights leaders, political commentators and celebrities.

Preston’s team created several Storify curations, parsing the online conversation into discreet stories from around the world that included a look at how people were using Nelson Mandela’s own words to remember him to how people on the ground in South Africa responded to the news.

“These young journalists took a major breaking story and showed that there is a new and exciting way to provide information to a wide audience – by tapping into the power of social media conversation about the news,” said Glenn, who developed the five-week social media course.

Preston, the first social media editor at the Times who now curates user-generated content to help tell stories on the Times Lede blog , said students demonstrated on deadline what they learned about verification and finding the best content as they presented multiple stories in the aftermath of Mandela’s death. A look at their work:

* Leeor Bronis reported on the reaction to Mandela’s death in South Africa that includes reports from journalists on the ground.

* Rachel Bryson Brockman reported on how people used Mandela’s powerful words of inspiration and hope to remember him on Twitter.

* Meredith Rosenberg documented how major media organizations covered Mandela’s death from breaking news alerts to in-depth coverage.

* Giovanny Pinto posted how Instagram users turned to historical photos and live video .

* Nadja Thomas reported on what celebrities from the film, entertainment and music industries had to say about Mandela.

* Solmaz Sharif produced a Storify on reaction from world leaders .