Archive for Saturday, October 17, 2009

Journalist returning to KU as resident professional

October 17, 2009

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A Poynter Institute interactivity editor and graduate of Kansas University’s William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications is returning to campus as a professional-in-residence.

Ellyn Angelotti, who works at the Poynter Institute, a hub of learning for journalists and journalism educators, graduated from KU in 2005.

She often travels the country speaking at seminars on issues involving new media platforms such as Twitter, blogs and other forms of social media.

“Right now, we’re not the only ones sharing news stories,” said Angelotti, a former World Company employee.

Ann Brill, KU journalism dean, said that the school tries to have three professionals-in-residence each semester. The professionals meet with students, engage with faculty and visit classes, she said.

“The professionals-in-residence are really a chance for our students to meet with professionals and maybe even make some contacts that will serve them well down the road,” she said.

Brill said Angelotti, as a recent graduate of the school combined with her experience at Poynter, would be able to connect with students in a meaningful way.

Angelotti said she looks forward to meeting with KU students.

“It’s just great because students are familiar with all the social media tools,” Angelotti said. “But they don’t always understand the tools’ journalistic values.”

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