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Sweeney Symposium Addresses News Media and Social Media

On March 23, 2011, the Journalism Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania hosted another in a series of journalism symposiums devoted to current issues and problems facing news media. This year’s issue: social media and news media—how they connect and spark a new kind of news and a new kind of audience.

Distinguished panelists for this symposium included

  • Steve Buttry, director of community engagement for, an online newspaper launched in August in Washington, D.C. Buttry was named Editor of the Year in February 2010 by Editor & Publisher magazine
  • Cindi Lash (IUP JRNL ’80), Western Pennsylvania regional editor for; former editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Eric Ebeling, executive editor, the Indiana Gazette
  • David Loomis, Ph.D., IUP Journalism professor and editor of the online newspaper the HawkEye, moderated.

The event, in the Ohio Room of the Hadley Union Building on the IUP campus, was funded by the Elizabeth Ray Sweeney Fund and sponsored by the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

It was previewed in the Gazette and covered by the campus newspaper, the Penn.

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