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ThreeSixty Journalism

ThreeSixty Journalism

University of St. Thomas

Program Summary

ThreeSixty Journalism, a youth journalism program serving teens ages 12-19 in Minnesota, seeks to host a summer journalism and communications lab and fall public teach-in focused on issues involving teens and technology, specifically privacy and good citizenship.
At a workshop held at the University of St. Thomas campus in St. Paul, Minnesota, in June and July, 12 to 16 teens ages 15-18 will collaborate with professional journalists to develop articles, blog posts, video and podcasts exploring these issues. Among the proposed topics are:

• how employers, schools, parents, police, etc. monitor social media and what that means for teens – e.g. private doesn’t necessarily mean private.
• Profiles of young people who have suffered consequences because of reckless posting by themselves and others.
• Advice from experts and teens about how teens can protect themselves and their peers.

Students’ work will be published in the fall on ThreeSixty’s website – www.threesixtyjournalism.org — and quarterly print magazine, which is read by students at more than 200 schools.
With this grant, we will engage teens by creating an online tool and hosting a public forum. In July and August, a small group of teens will work with an adult programmer to develop ProtectMyRep, an online tool that teens can use to assess and repair their on-line reputations.

In August, a dozen youth volunteers from ThreeSixty will learn how to use the tool and share it with other teens at their schools and the September teach-in.
The interactive tool will be launched at a one-day Teach-in at the Minneapolis Central Library. Teens will be taught by teen leaders to use the tool and will be able to confer with social media editors to check their on-line reputations.


Here are draft agendas for three pieces of the Protect My Rep project:
ProtectMyRep: From mid-July to mid-August, a small team of teens will work with an adult mentor for 20-40 hours to develop and test an online tool that uses video, text and images to explain how employers, schools, parents and others monitor social media content and use it to judge job applicants. It will also allow teen users to assess their own on-line reputations and guide them to adjust settings, remove offensive content and handle questions about questionable content that can’t be removed.
At a one-day training session in August, student volunteers will learn leadership skills in the morning. They will spend the afternoon learning to coach other students on the ProtectMyRep tool and developing plans to promote the tool via social media and other networks. Between the training and September teach-in, students will confer weekly to share news of challenges, accomplishments and progress toward goals.
At the September teach-in at the Minneapolis Central Library, the proposed agenda is:
10-10:30 a.m. Registration
10:30 – Welcome by mayor & local celebrity who’s active on social media.
10:40 – 11:15 am Presentations on how reputations are constructed on-line, why they matter and ProtectMyRep as a tool to monitor an adjust on-line image. Taught by Chris Clonts, managing editor, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and Jon Gordon, who is responsible for social media, audience engagement and mobile news content for MPR News.
11:20 to noon Shayla Thiel-Stern, University of Minnesota — Rules of Conduct for the web — why you should ask permission before you post potentially embarrassing content.
noon- 1 p.m. –Teens work with tools in computer lab and ask for personalized advice from volunteer social media editors. In the library’s Teen Central area, the can participate in a Citizen Web contest. On video on a blog, they can propose rules teens should follow when posting material about themselves and others on-line — When and what to post and how to respond if you see someone else posting something offensive, illegal, or potentially harmful to themselves or others.
We’ll present their ideas on our website and allow teens to choose 10 top ideas. Authors of winning ideas will win modest prizes, such as iTunes cards. The top 10 list will be distributed via social media.
1-1:30 p.m. Celebration and debrief with adult and teen volunteers.

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