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Studio SPJ: Covering natural disasters with social media

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Tune in to a very timely segment of Studio SPJ on Saturday, June 25 at noon eastern when the Arkansas and Oklahoma pro chapters host a discussion of how to use social media to cover natural disasters.

During the recent series of catastrophic floods and tornadoes, many reporters have turned to programs like Twitter to help them explain and tell breaking news stories in the wake of disaster.

Guests for this program will include Karen-Lee Ryan of the Tennessean in Nashville, who coordinated social media coverage that was part of their Pulitzer-nominated work on local floods.

Our other guest will be Rick Smith of the National Weather Service in Oklahoma. He moderates the NWS Twitter account for his offfice and has dealt with everything from tornadoes and flooding to snow and ice storms.

The half-hour program will be hosted by Kelly MacNeil of public radio station KUAR in Little Rock and president of the Arkansas Pro chapter.

To take part in this conversation, dial in about ten minutes after the program begins by calling 1-347-857-2441.

Studio SPJ is an ongoing series of conversations on topics of interest to journalists, hosted by various SPJ chapters.

For more information, visit the Liner Notes blog at spj.org. Click here for the link.

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