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Thursday, June 16 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
More Than Just “Talking Heads:” Using Social Journalism to Spark Community Engagement

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When Tracy Simmons launched her own digital publication about religion, she wanted it to be more than just "talking heads." She wanted it to be a place for true community engagement, just as libraries are looking to be centers of engagement on their campuses. She took the conversations that were happening online, and brought them into coffee shops and pubs, that way readers could engage face-to-face in meaningful ways. This is a new trend called social journalism, which she'll explain in this session. She'll also talk about how, and why, non-journalistic organizations like libraries can practice this and the benefits they’ll realize.

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Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons teaches journalism at Gonzaga University and is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in... Read More →

Thursday June 16, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
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