What happened when I let my students Google me


In addition to the Multimedia Storytelling class I’ve been teaching for a few years at Temple University, this semester I’m also teaching Journalism Research.

Students in this required course, mostly sophomores, learn how to use various databases, library tools  and social media to research and verify information, and then determine how to use that information in their reporting.

I gave them a pretty simple assignment for our very first class: Google me and tell me what you find. The idea here was to measure the baseline of their search skills – what are they checking, where does that lead them, and how deep will they dive?

The results are below.


I compiled the results into an Infogr.am chart — one of the free tools the students will be experimenting with this semester.


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Shannon Wink

Shannon Wink is a Philadelphian and experienced reporter, editor, community manager and content marketer.

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