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Panel discussion on social media set for Feb. 16

RELEASED: Feb. 8, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is collaborating with the Western Wisconsin Press Club to host a panel discussion on social media at 7 p.m. Feb. 16. The event is open to the public and will be held in the Communication and Journalism Media Center on the first floor of Hibbard Hall on lower campus.

Panel members will be:

  • UW-Eau Claire alumna Chris Boese, an information architect for the New York City-based Web consulting agency Razorfish and a former writer for CNN.
  • Dr. Mike Dorsher, associate professor of journalism at UW-Eau Claire and one of the founding editors of washingtonpost.com.
  • UW-Eau Claire alumna Sara Boyd, a WCCO-TV Web producer.
  • Jason DeRusha, a WCCO-TV reporter and blogger, who will participate via Skype.
  • UW-Eau Claire alumnus Dan Lyksett, an online editor for the Leader-Telegram. He will serve as moderator.

The discussion will focus on how social media is shaping today's newsroom and will answer questions about how social media can be used. Panelists will talk about professional and personal boundaries and issues to be aware of when using social media tools.

Video clips on how newsrooms have used social media in the past, including CNN's coverage of Iran, also will be featured.

The UW-Eau Claire department of communication and journalism is contributing to the support of the program.

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