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KNOXVILLE — Web journalism experts from around the country will gather April 3-4 at the University of Tennessee for “A Public Conversation on Web Journalism.”

The two-day event, hosted by the School of Journalism and Electronic Media and its student news Web site, the Tennessee Journalist, features leaders in Web journalism from Scripps Interactive, the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Poynter Institute, knoxviews.com, The Tennessean, tvguide.com and WBIR-TV, among others. Most sessions are open to the public.

Rob Curley, vice president for product development at WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive, will deliver the keynote address at an invitation-only dinner on April 3.

The conference will feature a variety of online professionals and academics in several forums and panels. Academics attending the conference will also discuss ways to start or enhance student-operated news Web sites on their campuses and the possibility of forming a national network of campus news Web sites.

Participating students will have an opportunity to meet with professionals to discuss preparations and plans for a career in online journalism.

The event is the final component of the yearlong Tennessee Journalist Web Journalism Project, an endeavor to bring online journalism professionals into the classroom. The project was made possible by a $50,000 grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the E.W. Scripps Co.

The School of Journalism and Electronic Media is one of four schools that make up UT’s College of Communication and Information. The college’s other schools include the School of Advertising and Public Relations, the School of Communication Studies and the School of Information Sciences. The college is home to one of the oldest doctoral programs in communication and information in the southeastern United States.

For more information about the conference, including program topics, a list of speakers and a tentative schedule, visit http://tnjn.com/apr08conference.


April Moore, College of Communication and Information
(865) 974-0463; amoore9@utk.edu