Update – Summer 2020
This course has been moved to Canvas so the course blog is no longer active. Please contact Rebecca Cooney if you have any questions.
The course addresses digital content and social media campaigns from both a PR and advertising perspective. In general, the work created and submitted is meant to prepare students for real-world application. Assignments include content creation and promotion of campaign elements using both emerging and established new media technologies, including social media, podcasts, viral videos, social media news releases and website analytics.
Students work in teams aligned with a fictional brand, product or organization for the duration of the semester. Students are expected to conceptualize and create specified elements of a promotional campaign, which includes brand platform, website, social media channels, HTML email and digital assets. Students learn to optimize and promote their campaigns and content for distribution and discovery on search engines, social networks, mobile devices and other non-traditional outlets. Best practices are explored for digital storytelling, tagging, metadata creation, social network seeding, community engagement and more. Students learn basic data interpretation techniques of the website and social media analytics services (such as Google Analytics and Facebook Insights) that track visitor behavior, page views, keyword and third-party site referrals.
Students close out the semester with a solid understanding of digital content tactics, tools, and resources available for ongoing professional development, exploration, and mastering.
Rebecca L. Cooney, MS
Clinical Associate Professor, Strategic Communication
Director, Murrow Online Programs
Research Associate, Center of Excellence for Natural Product-Drug Interaction Research