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May 15, 2013

Our guest speaker for the first portion of class Thursday, May 16, will be David Plazas, engagement editor of The (Fort Myers) News-Press, which is owned by Gannett Co., owner of USA Today. He oversees digital journalism and social media, champions local content, and digital community engagement efforts, and serves on the editorial board. David is one of the most knowledgeable and versatile journalists and maybe the most proficient social media journalists around. To kickstart an invigorating conversation about journalism and news literacy with David (and earn extra credit), read his Backgrounder, then submit an original question by 2 p.m. Thursday, May 16, replying below. Read those already posted to avoid duplication.


14 Comments leave one →
  1. Keira White permalink
    May 15, 2013 3:20 pm

    What skills and qualities do you look for when hiring a journalist?

  2. May 15, 2013 6:15 pm

    What are the challenges that a young journalist faces in their career?

  3. Nick Tavel permalink
    May 15, 2013 8:46 pm

    What would you say was the hardest obstacle you had to overcome throughout your career?

  4. Carlos Lopez permalink
    May 15, 2013 9:04 pm

    How do you think the parameters of social media might be adjusted to better meet the scrutiny of more conventional forms of information sharing?

  5. Evan Nader permalink
    May 15, 2013 9:21 pm

    Social media is a constantly changing virtual environment and has never been bigger. With your background in social media, what do you feel is the most beneficial platform?

  6. Victoria Trujillo permalink
    May 15, 2013 9:25 pm

    Have you ever done a story that you were against and if so, what did you do about it?

  7. Emma Hoelscher permalink
    May 15, 2013 9:26 pm

    Knowing that the market is turning its scope more toward social media outlets as opposed to print medias, do you feel comfortable as a journalist in digital journalism?

  8. May 15, 2013 11:35 pm

    Reading through your backgrounder there is mention of a weekly paper you founded, printed in Spanish, Gaceta Tropical. I’m most interested in how the feedback, whether it be comments in person or letters to the editor, differs from English-printed publications. Specifically heated topics that tend to effect Spanish speaking individuals at a higher rate compared to their English speaking and reading counterparts. Such topics might be immigration reform, worker’s rights (migrant workers working on Immokalee farms), and human trafficking. What contrasts and similarities have you noticed in the responses to printed stories, whether it be a community-wide or personal reaction, and are there other topics that come to mind beyond the three listed above? Thanks.

  9. Blake Davis permalink
    May 16, 2013 2:42 am

    You have received a great deal of commendations for your contributions to public service and local charities. While I understand how such endeavors can serve as an excellent means of engaging the community and generating positive P.R. for your organization, can you further explain the relationship between public service and journalism? It’s clear,, through your actions, that your stance is one in which journalists actively serve the public; are their others who feel that impartiality and a policy of non-interference is the best course of action?

  10. Kelsey Nunn permalink
    May 16, 2013 11:42 am

    As young journalist, what is the most important advice you can give us to help us move towards success?

  11. Jesse Namour permalink
    May 16, 2013 12:10 pm

    You spent a significant amount of time studying overseas. How do you think those experiences helped develop who you are today?

  12. Christopher Larsen permalink
    May 16, 2013 12:33 pm

    Do you think that the online news sources that many people use has affected society in a negative way?

  13. May 16, 2013 1:52 pm

    Tell what you like about about your job most and what you dislike?

  14. May 16, 2013 1:58 pm

    Do you feel that the news highlights negative events largely disproportionately compared to positive societal happenings? If so, does the business aspect of journalism detract attention from worthy stories?

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