West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Ashton Marra to Participate in WVU Panel on Elk River Spill


On March 24, West Virginia Public Broadcasting reporter Ashton Marra will be one of five participants in “From Beats to Tweets: Media Coverage of the Elk River Spill” for the West Virginia University School of Journalism.  The panel discussion will examine local and national coverage of the event, and discuss the role of social media alongside traditional reporting in keeping the public informed and engaged throughout the events of the Elk River chemical spill.

The discussion takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair ballroom at WVU in Morgantown, and is free and open to the public.

In addition to Marra,  the panel will include David Boucher, reporter for Charleston Daily Mail; David Gutman, reporter for Charleston Gazette; April Kaull, news anchor and vice president of news operations for West Virginia Media; Roger May, documentary photographer and part-time instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University; and Dr. Eric Waggoner, West Virginia Wesleyan College,  whose blog post about the spill was featured on CNN and The Huffington Post. School of Journalism Teaching Assistant Professor (and former West Virginia Public Radio assistant news editor) Emily Hughes Corio will serve as moderator.