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Telling Your Story in a Digital Age: Connecting without Concerns

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Telling Your Story in a Digital Age: Connecting without Concerns with Guest Dr. Victoria LaPoe

Dr. Victoria LaPoe is sequence coordinator for broadcasting and film within WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting. Victoria has been published in academic journals such as Communication Research, Visual Communication Quarterly, and Electronic News. She is co-author of the book Oil and Water: Media Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. Oil and Water explores the visuals and narratives associated with both disasters. Through a detailed analysis of the journalists' content, the book assesses the quality of journalism and the effects that quality may have on the public. Oil and Water argues that regardless of the type of journalism involved or the immensity of the events covered, successful reporting still depends on the fundamentals of journalism. Victoria has an additional book coming out in February 2017, titled Indian Country: Telling a Story in a Digital Age, where she evaluates how digital media are changing the rich cultural act of storytelling within Native communities. The norms and routines of the non-Native press often leave consumers with a stereotypical view of American-Indians. This book contains interviews with more than 40 Native journalists around the country to understand how digital media possibly advances the distribution of storytelling within the American-Indian community.