Grab Bag: Where In The World Is The Ombudsman?

Alicia Shepard

Utah State University students interview Alicia Shepard in Logan, Utah. Ted Pease hide caption

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Over the last two weeks, I've been visiting public radio stations in Wyoming and three stations in Utah.

Wednesday, I was in Salt Lake City and appeared on KUER's RadioWest with host Doug Fabrizio talking about ombudding, social media and NPR's role in the rapidly changing media landscape.

I came out as a guest of Utah Public Radio in Logan and Ted Pease, head of the Journalism & Communication Department at Utah State University. They invited me to speak to classes, appear on "Access Utah" and deliver a talk on "The Promise and Perils of Social Media."

Here's a sliver of the speech. And here's a story in the student newspaper, The Utah Statesman, by student Dan Smith. And another by student Satenik Sargsyan. Pease had his students covering practically everything I did.

Thursday, I will be visiting the folks at KCPW, also in Salt Lake City. This area is rich in public radio.

Food for Thought

You might be interested in this story in Current, the public media newspaper. A study for NPR says the network could grow its audience if it would lighten up and try to sound less elite. What do you think?

Also here's another story about NPR leveraging the Twitter generation.

In the Hopper

Planning on a post about authors on NPR by the week's end.

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