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Network News: October 8-14

#NPRedchat a Multi-Million User Success

Last week’s Twitter Education Forum, hosted last week in collaboration with Tell Me More was a huge success. Not only did it provide a platform for a dynamic and diverse conversation about education reform in the US (and one that we plan to continue), but it also reached a whopping 17 million people–and counting. (That’s right. They’re stilll Tweeting. They just can’t stop!)

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Sarah Gonzalez of StateImpact Florida, Michel Martin of Tell Me More and John O'Connor, also of StateImpact Florida, at the October 10 Twitter Education Forum at WLRN studios.

Perhaps more importantly, though, the experience provided a big learning opportunity for everyone involved. Through both the subject matter and the partnership with Tell Me More, we were able to engage diverse communities that we hadn’t before reached. We test drove Scribble, our new and improved live-blogging and social media curation tool that we hope to use again and again. And we learned just how powerful Twitter can be when used for story and source development–instead of simple content distribution.

Sarah Gonzalez of StateImpact Florida tells us that the event allowed her to develop sources both near and far–particularly among teachers, parents and other sometimes hard-to-reach communities.

“They really wanted to engage in conversation,” she said. “We tapped into a Twitter audience that wanted to be part of the conversation instead of just following people who we know are influential.” Continue reading

StateImpact Teams Up for National Conversation on Education Reform

StateImpact is joining forces with Tell Me More and WLRN Public Media to foster a national conversation about education reform in America.

The conversation, which has already begun on Twitter (#npredchat) and will culminate in a live show at  WLRN in Miami on October 10, fed by audience questions and accessible through a live, online digital and audio feed.

Michele Martin/PHOTO BY STEPHEN VOSS

The October 10 live show will be hosted by Tell Me More’s Michele Martin and will combine her ability to tackle difficult, divisive issues with StateImpact Florida‘s mission to “put education reform to the test.” StateImpact will also lend its expertise to provide a dynamic, multimedia platform for the show and discussion. WLRN, which will host the live event, is a StateImpact partner station.

Please read more about the collaboration and then join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #npredchat. We look forward to hearing from you.