Covering natural disasters with social media

Tune in to a very timely episode of Studio SPJ on Saturday, June 25 at noon Eastern when the Arkansas Pro SPJ chapter hosts a discussion of how to cover natural disasters using social media.

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 listen to the program live or hear a podcast later, click here.

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.

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