Reporters Discuss How They Covered the Elk River Spill

Mar 28, 2014

West Virginia Public Radio presents a new program called "West Virginia Talks," an occasional series featuring recordings of panel discussions and lectures from colleges and universities around the state.  Tune in Monday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m. for such a discussion about the Elk River Chemical Spill. 

The Mountainlair is the setting for a panel discussion about media coverage of the Elk River Chemical Spill.

From the Mountainlair on the campus of WVU, the Perley Issac Reed School of Journalism presents "From Beats to Tweets: Media Coverage of the Elk River Spill." The panel features Charleston reporters Ashton Marra of West Virginia Public Broadcasting; Dave Boucher of the Charleston Daily Mail; April Kaull of West Virginia Media/WOWK-TV and David Gutman of the Charleston Gazette.  In addition, the panel features Roger May, a freelance photographer who covered the aftermath of the chemical spill for The Guardian newspaper and Eric Waggoner, a professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College whose blog post went viral.  Moderator Emily Corio, a teaching professor at the school of journalism moderates an interesting discussion about how the news media covered the story with not only good old fashioned reporting skills, but with social media to get the word about the emergency to readers, listeners and viewers.