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15 volunteer young social media reporters wanted @African University Day’15



The Accra-based Association of African Universities (AAU) in collaboration with Ashesi University has called for volunteer young social media reporters for the 2015 African University Day, ITRealms gathered.

Ms Nodumo Dhlamini of Association of African Universities confirmed this to ITRealms, saying that this year AAU Secretariat is experimenting on use of social media to create awareness about the African University Day.

This innovative approach, she said, would harness social media to create awareness and engage the higher education community electronically through the use of likes of Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and blogs.

“This approach aims to generate ‘noise and excitement’ online about higher education in Africa and contribute towards the advocacy role of the AAU,” she said.

As said by her, the roles of Volunteer Young Social Media Reporters (VYSMR) include to work online to retweet, like Facebook posts, share videos, share pictures, write blog articles and re-post posts related to the AU Day.

“These volunteers will work online from 13th October 2015 to 13th November 2015 – at least 30 minutes a day up to 11th November and 4 hours on 12th November2015,” she said, stressing that they would be guided on what to tweet such as schedule of tweet and Facebook posts to be shared with the reporters.

In addition, Dhlamini said, all the 15 volunteer-students would be selected from Ashesi University to support the online campaign, but also participate in ‘onsite social media reporting’ on the 12th November 2015.

ITRealms equally gathered that the hash tag #AUDay2015 would be used to tag all the posts to enable aggregation and tracking of traffic about the 2015 African University Day.

While tweeting or liking posts social media reporters will be encouraged to mention universities in Africa and hopefully create awareness on and promote these universities as well.

All selected volunteer social media reporters from Ashesi University would be expected to follow AAU social media platforms.

+ITRealms DSA +Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) @AUU 

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