Journalism Experts to Debate Social Media and Their Impact on News Media

Posted on 3/16/2011 9:19:26 AM

The Journalism Department will host a symposium, “Social Media, News Media—‘We’ Media,” on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at which professionals and experts will depict and discuss dramatic changes in news media and what this means for the people formerly known as the audience.

And panelists will do what they say by responding to audience questions and comments.

Social media such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter have swept across American culture, revived a tech-investment boom, and led news media to rethink the way they have done journalism for the past 150 years. We, the audience, once passive recipients, have now become important participants in the way that news is reported and delivered.

This timely event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, 2011, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ohio Room of the Hadley Union Building on the IUP campus. Ample parking is adjacent to the building. The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists for this symposium are as follows:

The event is sponsored by the IUP Journalism Department and by the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. It is funded by the Elizabeth Ray Sweeney Fund, a trust established in 1985 by the late treasurer of the Indiana Gazette to enrich the education of IUP Journalism students.

For additional information, contact Dr. David Loomis at 724-357-4411.