Social media such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter have swept across American culture, revived a tech-investment boom and have led news media to rethink the way they have done journalism for the past 150 years or more. We, the audience, once passive recipients, have become important participants in the way that news is reported and delivered.
Next week, the journalism department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host a symposium 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.
This timely event is scheduled for March 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ohio Room at the Hadley Union Building on the IUP campus. Ample parking is adjacent to the building. The event is free and open to the public.
Distinguished panelists for this symposium include:
- Rem Rieder, editor and senior vice president, the American Journalism Review, a national professional journal published at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland
- Steve Buttry, director of community engagement for TBD.com, 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, a 1980 IUP journalism graduate, Western Pennsylvania regional editor for Patch.com; former editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- Eric Ebeling, executive editor, The Indiana Gazette
- IUP journalism professor David Loomis, Ph.D., moderator
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.