When we consider the conference theme, Tipping Points, we would note that Reporters were once protected from personal contact with the public when they were off the clock. They are now required to shift from keeping reporters' and anchors' private lives private to having them discuss their most personal medical procedures and marital problems in blogs, e-mails, tweets and all types of social media. This panel would look at several markets and how they are adjusting to this challenge.
Moderator: Maria Williams-Hawkins, Ball State University
Panelists: Rhunette Diggs, Columbus State Community College; Everybody Wants Me!: Network Anchors' Use of Social Media
Terrance Likes, Tennessee State University; Black Male or Blackmail: African American Male Reporters' Professional Use of Social Media
Brandon Pope, Ball State University; Asian American Reporters Share News and Culture With American Viewers
Maria Williams-Hawkins, Ball State University; Do I Have to Show the Pictures Too?: Female Reporter's Share Their True Stories