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5 Tips for Teaching Introduction to Mass Communication: Engaging Students Living in a Media World


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Ralph E. Hanson is a professor in the communication department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where he teaches courses in writing, blogging, reporting, and mass communication. Previously, he was on the faculty at West Virginia University and Northern Arizona University. He has been teaching introduction to mass communication at least 20 years, and he has worked extensively on developing online courses and degree programs. Hanson has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and anthropology from Iowa State University, a master’s degree in journalism from Iowa State, and a doctorate in sociology from Arizona State University. He is currently working on research about the connection between sports boycotts and civil rights legislation. When Ralph is not out on his motorcycle riding to places a long ways from Nebraska, he is blogging on mass communication issues at He tweets as @ralphehanson.


Join Ralph E. Hanson for a webinar that discusses the challenges of teaching mass communication and five tips for engaging your students along the way.

Ralph E. Hanson will discuss:

  • class activities that help reach students from a variety of backgrounds and varying levels of media literacy
  • adapting the wide range of social media tools for use in the classroom
  • presenting yourself on social media
  • best practices for interacting with students online using social media as a tool for communication and applying it to current events Using social media
  • using social media as a tool for communication and applying it to current events