On Friday, the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death, Digital Curation Services in the University of Virginia Library will use Twitter to provide a digital reenactment of how the nation got the news.
Using a copy of the United Press International broadcast wire from that fateful day, the @UVADigServ Twitter account will post the United Press International broadcast wire transmissions that notified news outlets across the country of Kennedy’s death.
On Nov. 22, 1963, UPI reporter Merriman Smith was in the front seat of the wire service pool car just behind the president’s convertible in Dallas. Just minutes after Kennedy was shot, Smith sent this message using the UPI wire service: “An unknown sniper fired.”
A series of messages followed that documented the news of the president’s death and its immediate aftermath. The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library has a transcript of the UPI broadcast wire transmissions and will post them on Twitter beginning at 1:45 p.m. Friday and continuing until 6:30 p.m.
Read more about the broadcast and how Special Collections received the wire transcript, and follow @UvaDigServ on Twitter.
The School of Engineering & Applied Sciences is in the h0me stretch of a video contest in which students try to capture the essence of what it means to be a SEAS student.
The winner gets a grand prize of $500 and the winning video will be posted on the SEAS admission site. The four finalists are online, and the voting is open.
Here’s a look:
Vote on the contest website through Friday.
A recent story in the New York Times touched off a lot of online discussion about how – and whether – college admissions offices evaluate the social media accounts of prospective students.
So does U.Va. look at an applicant’s tweets as well as her GPA? DeanJ of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions wrote a pair of posts on Notes From Peabody, the U.Va. admissions blog, to clear the air about how she uses social media in the admissions process. The three main points from her first post:
1. I like social media.
2. I don’t have time to search for students on the internet.
3. If you include #UVA in a tweet or photo, you’re asking our entire community to see it.
The second post offers some additional detail about the occasions on which she does turn to the Internet for more information.
Both are well worth the read, both for the information and the cat memes:
On Thursday, the University of Virginia School of Law community used social media to show the huge range of things that happen there on a given day, from seminars with favorite professors to a softball tournament. Here’s a look at #UVALawDay:
The U.Va. Instagram Fall Photo Contest drew over 400 entries, with images showing everything from a hedgehog on the Lawn to the many places to take in the fall foliage on Grounds.
Professor John Edwin Mason, a history professor and photographer who recently taught the course “Photography in the Age of Instagram,” selected the winner. The only contest criteria were that the photos must be taken on Grounds and show something great about life in the fall at U.Va.
Mason selected this shot by Carson Gibson, a second-year student in the College of Arts & Sciences:
“I was looking for a beautiful photo, one in which the use if light, color, and composition combined to create a compelling image.
In addition, the photo had to capture the unique look and feel of UVA in the fall.
Finally, it had to work well within the Instagram app.
The light in the winning photo is terrific. The colors are dazzling, without being over the top. The path draws the viewer into the image, and the bricks and flagstones make it recognizably UVA.”
Mason also picked a first and second runner-up, by Instagram users @christiankochuba and @kayjdkay respectively:
Check out the gallery for more, or the hashtag #uvaphotocontest on Instagram. Here’s a look at some other staff favorites: