WVU Panel on Elk River Chemical Spill Broadcast As Part of 'West Virginia Talks'

Mar 31, 2014

West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Ashton Marra provides insight into coverage of January's Elk River chemical spill as part of WVU School of Journalism's panel discussion on the event.
Credit David Smith / WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism

Last week, West Virginia University's P.I. Reed School of Journalism held a panel on how West Virginia media covered the January 9 chemical spill by Freedom Industries and the subsequent water crisis that affected some 300,000 West Virginians across nine counties.

The event, billed as “From Beats to Tweets: Media Coverage of the Elk River Spill," gave reporters a chance to provide insight on their coverage of the spill and its aftermath--from using modern technology like Twitter to old-fashioned reporting techniques. WVU School of Journalism professor and former West Virginia Public Broadcasting reporter Emily Corio moderated the panel.

Panelists include:

  • Ashton Marra, Statehouse Reporter for West Virginia Public Broadcasting
  • Dave Boucher, Statehouse Reporter for The Charleston Daily Mail
  • David Gutman, Reporter for The Charleston Gazette
  • April Kaull, News Anchor for WOWK-TV
  • Roger May, Documentary Photographer Commissioned by The Guardian
  • Dr. Eric Waggoner, Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at West Virginia Wesleyan College