The Practicum III class took a stab at live coverage using new media tools on March 2nd. Check the Facebook event page for details on the event and be sure to look at the diverse coverage found below.
The panelists and the moderator disucss the importance of the event. Alana Kreegel and Jessica Walker conducted and shot the interviews.
Adaeze Elechi and Courtney Drake hosted a live video chat following the social media convo using ooVoo. While ooVoo does not offer a way to record chats, we used Jing to record samples of our discussion. Unfortunately, quality is not the greatest, but you’ll get the idea of our conversations and how we were able to use a new media tool to interact.
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Information on the Panelists!
Jason L. Meriwether is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Fisk University in Nashville, TN. At the age of 25, Jason became the Assistant Dean of Students and was the youngest senior level administrator on his campus. He was also one of the youngest university administrators in the United States. Jason’s passion is for innovative and personalized development and the education of students in all phases of his interactions in the collegiate setting. Jason believes that the key to success in enrollment management lies in the ability to adapt to new trends in technology coupled with an astute understanding of how application of infrastructure impacts all aspects of student learning and engagement.
In his role as Assistant Dean, Jason is responsible for oversight of Housing & Residence Life, Judicial Affairs, Health & Alcohol Education, Greek Life, Athletics, Career Services, Student Activities, and Student Leadership Training among other areas of Student Affairs.
Jason is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Fisk, where he instructs courses in Social Psychology and General Psychology. In class, he believes in challenging students to engage in analysis of theory and social interaction through a psychological lens.
Jason’s personal commitment to health education and support of healthy life-choices has led him to develop student organizations to conduct HIV/AIDS awareness and Health Education programming, and implement the Cervical Cancer and Women’s Health awareness program series. Jason has also sponsored an annual Men’s Health program series and initiated the annual Alcohol Abuse Education Week among numerous service learning and community service projects aimed at spreading health awareness. Through developing collaborative partnerships within the Nashville community Jason has contributed to the substantial increase in the occurrence of health education programs on the Fisk campus.
Jason is on the Board of Directors for Community Nashville, a not-for-profit organization that serves the city of Nashville through diversity education programs for youth and targets eliminating bias and racism from the community. Jason is also a coach for Youth Incorporated, a junior basketball league in Nashville, and he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Jason earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from the University of Louisville and his Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Fisk University. He is married to LaTanya, who he describes as his wife and best friend, and is the proud father of Jason II, Micah, Jasmyne, and Julian.
Douglas R. Pierce is a partner in the litigation section of the law firm of King & Ballow. Mr. Pierce earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee with honors. While attending the University, he was an Assistant Editor and Associate Editor of the Tennessee Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree in Radio and Television Communications from Morehead State University with high honors. Before attending law school, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corp.
Mr. Pierce formerly served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Taylor of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Tennessee. He has been General Counsel to the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters since 1988, and General Counsel to the Nashville Advertising Federation since 1990. He currently serves as the President of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government
Mr. Pierce is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations, and the ABA’s Forum on Communications Law. He frequently represents both print and broadcast media clients in First Amendment matters nationwide, and he has defended the media against libel and privacy claims in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Tennessee and Virginia. He is the author of the Tennessee portion of the 50 State summary of open meetings and open records laws published by the Reporter Committee for Freedom of the Press, and also co-author of a portion of a survey of media privacy and related legal issues published by the Media Law Resource Center.
Morgan Levy is a 2006 Belmont alum working in interactive marketing in the Nashville music industry. She is also the co-founder & editor of a local interest blog, Nashvillest.com. Morgan considers herself a blogging and new media enthusiast and reads over 200 RSS feeds a day.
Gene Policinski, vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center, is a veteran journalist whose career has included work in newspapers, radio, television and online operations.
Policinski oversees operations and programs of the center, which has offices in Nashville, at Vanderbilt University; and in Washington, D.C. He also is co-author of the weekly syndicated newspaper column, “Inside the First Amendment,” and executive producer/host of the touring multimedia stage production, “Freedom Sings.”
Policinski came to the Freedom Forum in 1996 from USA TODAY, where he was a founding editor and held various news executive positions. He began his journalism career in 1969 in Indiana, where he worked as a newspaper reporter and later as state bureau chief for Gannett News Service. In 1980, he became a correspondent in the GNS Washington bureau, reporting on Congress, politics and other issues.
In 1982, he was named Washington editor of USA TODAY during its development period, and he held that post when it launched on Sept. 15. In 1983, he was named a Page One editor. In 1985, he was named deputy managing editor/sports and later was named managing editor/sports. He is the founding editor of USA TODAY Baseball Weekly (now Sports Weekly). From 1991 through 1993, he was the on-air host of three news, sports and information programs on USA TODAY Sky Radio. He also helped develop USA TODAY’s first online ventures.
In April 1996, he joined the Freedom Forum as a journalist in residence, directing a special Olympic Games program, and in September was named special assistant to the chairman and chief executive officer. Since joining the foundation, he has held a number of executive roles, and was Washington editor for the First Amendment Center’s Web site in 1999. Also, he was host and writer for of “Newseum Radio,” a one-hour program that aired on National Public Radio Worldwide from 1997 to 2001. And he was executive producer of “Speaking Freely,” a weekly interview program, which aired nationwide on public television from 2001 to 2005.
Policinski was named deputy director of the First Amendment Center in June 2000. He became executive director in 2004 and vice president in 2007.
A lecturer and consultant on journalism issues ranging from newsroom ethics to new media, Policinski is a member of the board of trustees of the Newspaper Association of America Foundation and the board of governors of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Mid-South chapter. He is an adjunct professor at Winthrop University in South Carolina and a member of the journalism alumni board at Ball State University in Indiana.
Policinski was born in South Bend, Ind. He is a graduate of Ball State and attended the Nashville School of Law. He is married to Kathleen B. Powell, an educator. They have two sons.