Instructor: Hong Qu
Date and Time: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7 – 9 p.m.
Limit 15 students
Storytelling has changed in the digital era.
For better or worse, journalists are being measured by the number of followers they have on Twitter, Facebook, and various social media channels. Nonetheless, being able to tell a good story is timeless--as long we learn to craft compelling stories that resonate with digital audiences in our ubiquitous networked society.
This class decodes the traditions of sometimes-perplexing social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as emergent communities such as Pinterest and Instagram; it is a guide to mastering the art of storytelling that feels native to these platforms. You will learn to cut through noise to glean trending stories, interact with sources for investigative reporting, compose and package stories for viral distribution, while collecting a massive fan base of followers along the way.
Come prepared for an interactive, workshoppy experience.
(Please note that CUNY J-Camp can issue a full refund no later than five full working days prior to the start of the course. See the refund policy for details.)
Hong Qu is engrossed in storytelling for the digital era; he builds social media tools that empower journalists to inform the public so that we can all better understand the world around us. He is Product and UX lead at Upworthy. Prior to Upworthy, he was an early employee at YouTube and designed, coded, and launched vital parts of the site such as the homepage, sharing tools, and channels. He has also worked at Google and various startups in New York City and Silicon Valley. Hong has a Master's degree from UC Berkeley's School of Information focusing in social media practice and research, and a liberal arts education from Wesleyan University.