February 10th, 2012
Bluegrass SPJ Hosts ‘Tweeting the Trial’ Panel Discussion
By Liz Hansen
Twitter is the wildly popular social media tool that allows users to post short updates to followers around the world. It’s become a useful way for many to find instant news alerts.
In two recent, high-profile Lexington, Ky., murder trials, thousands of people found themselves glued to Twitter reports from a handful of Lexington journalists assigned to the courtroom. Twitter provided a way for people to follow the testimony, get the verdicts and go inside the courtroom like never before.
“Tweeting the Trial” is a panel discussion organized by the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. It will feature print and television reporters who covered the Glenn Doneghy and Donald Southworth murder trials including Lexington Herald-Leader reporter Josh Kegley, WKYT reporter Andy Cunningham and WLEX reporter Adam Baker.
“Tweeting the Trial” will be held 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the main-floor conference room at the Lexington Herald-Leader a the intersection of Main Street and Midland Avenue It is free and open to the public.