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October 21, 2014

Bronstein Lecture visitors focus on mixing politics, social media

Prof. Patrick Parsons (left) and Brittany Foster listen as Eric Arneson makes a point. (Photo by Jeanine Wells)

By Joel Wee

Erik Arneson, communications and policy director for Pennsylvania Sen. Dominic Pileggi and Brittany Foster, an associate at Triad Strategies, shared their wisdom about the benefits and pitfalls of mixing politics and social media during the Ben Bronstein Lecture in Ethics and Public Relations on Tuesday. 

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Prof. Patrick Parsons (left) and Brittany Foster listen as Eric Arneson makes a point. (Photo by Jeanine Wells) Parsons introduces participants in the Bronstein Lecture. (Photo by Jeanine Wells) Foster's focused her presentation on the structure of how the media controlled the access and flow of information. (Photo by Jeanine Wells) Arneson discussed how politicians use social media, and the related pitfalls. (Photo by Jeanine Wells)

October 8, 2014

Author address journalism drama and his book, ‘Drama High’

Journalist and author Michael Sokolove participated in a Q-and-A session moderated by his wife, Penn State alumna Ann Gehart of The Washington Post. (Photo by Jeanine Wells)

By Joel Wee

Author Michael Sokolove, whose novel about his high school’s theatre program was named one of the best books of 2013, was the featured guest for the concluding session of the Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers, focusing on his book and his experience as a writer.

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Journalist and author Michael Sokolove participated in a Q-and-A session moderated by his wife, Penn State alumna Ann Gehart of The Washington Post. (Photo by Jeanine Wells) After the session, a student reporter was the one asking questions of Sokolove. (Photo by Jeanine Wells) Sokolove also had the opportunity to sign copies of his book, "Drama High." (Photo by Jeanine Wells)

October 7, 2014

Pulitzer Prize winner’s advice resonates with students

More than 500 people attended the session featuring Pulitzer Prize winner John Branch. (Photo by Jeanine Wells)

By Astrid Diaz ('14)

Building strong relationships, seeking originality and preparing great story ideas were among the most notable pieces of advice from 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner John Branch of The New York Times during his lecture Tuesday evening at the HUB-Robeson Center as part of the two-day…

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More than 500 people attended the session featuring Pulitzer Prize winner John Branch. (Photo by Jeanine Wells) Branch read from his work, participated in a moderated Q-and-A session and then met with students who had questions after the event. (Photo by Jeanine Wells) Branch's honest, insightful responses provided important opportunities for students interested in journalism. (Photo by Jeanine Wells)

October 6, 2014

Lecturer cites skill differences, but no easy answer with Internet use

Eszter Hargittai addresses an attentive audience for the Pockrass Lecture. (Photo by Jeanine Wells)

 

Skills people bring to their use of the Internet shape how they access information, how much information they…

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Eszter Hargittai addresses an attentive audience for the Pockrass Lecture. (Photo by Jeanine Wells) Students, faculty and community members filled most of the seats in Foster Auditorium for the lecutre. (Photo by Jeanine Wells) Hargittai said there were no easy answers to the problems presented by skill differences among Internet users. (Photo by Jeanine Wells)

February 13, 2014

Guest lecturer examines social media impact in South Africa

Guest lecturer Michael BestMichael Best discussed the impact of social media on democratic development in South Africa during a free public lecture Monday, Feb. 10, in Foster Auditorium of Patero Library.

The presentation by Best -- an associate professor at the Sam Nunn School…

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