By Trent Tetzlaff
Terence Samuel, The Washington Post’s Washington politics editor will visit the UW-Eau Claire campus on Thursday, April 21 to give a speech titled “Responsible Reporting in a Social Media Age” at the 19th annual Ann Devroy Forum.
The 7 p.m. forum in Schofield Auditorium is a free event and open to the public. Samuel will spend the day speaking to journalism classes and the media before the forum takes place.
The winner of the Ann Devroy Fellowship will also be announced during the forum. The winner receives a three-week fellowship at the Washington Post over winter break.
In Samuel’s position with the Washington Post, he makes the decisions on what should be covered concerning the White House, Congress and the 2016 elections. The timing of his speech is important because it is an election year, Professor of Communication and Journalism Jan Larson said.
“Given that it is an election year, and all of the crazy things that have been happening in the political process I think he is going to have a lot to say about the job of a journalist, covering politics and particularly he is going to focus on social media,” she said.
Along with his work for the Washington Post, Samuel also is the author of The Upper House: A Journey Behind the Closed Doors of the U.S. Senate, and was one of the writers included in Best American Political Writing 2009.
After graduating from the City College of New York, Samuel was the national correspondent with The Philadelphia Inquirer and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and chief congressional correspondent at U.S. News & World Report before moving to the Post.
Larson said Samuel truly is a journalist who has worked his way up with a number of news organizations through the ranks to his current position editing politics with the Post.
During this election season Larson said many candidates are tweeting and trading insults back and forth and seeing how that information is covered is something that has been interesting.
“It has been interesting just looking at the Washington Post how they have captured people’s tweets and sometimes they don’t even comment on them they just put them in the story,” she said. “So I think this continues to develop as a part of our reporting process, how we engage readers based on social media reporting.”
As a whole Larson said she thinks the Devroy Forum is a great learning experience for student journalists at UW-Eau Claire because it shows them what they can do with their degree from the program.
“I think the forum is an inspiration for young student journalists,” she said, because it reminds them that from this program we have sent out a number of hard working, committed journalists who have went on to cover a variety of important stories both in small towns, cities, states, and the national level.”
Ellis Williams, a senior journalism major said the Devroy Forum is simply a special night that lets journalism talents be shown.
“I’ve watched the Devroy Fellowship change lives and give some of my good friends a platform to show the world their talents they’ve honed at UW-Eau Claire,” he said. “It’s a special night for the CJ Department and an event I look forward to every year.”
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