Monday, August 24, 2009

WTAW Sherman show 7 tonight; Eagle on Twitter

The Bryan-College Station Eagle and WTAW 1620 AM talk radio are sponsoring this year's FJSA Fall Reception, 4 p.m. Sept. 5 at Cain Hall on the A&M campus. To express our gratitude, I'd like to take a minute to talk about these sponsors.

Via theeagle.com, you can keep up with great A&M news reporting. The Eagle broke the news about President Murano's performance evaluation and provided the most in-depth reporting up to and after her resignation. They are consistently the best place to turn for breaking A&M news. This year, I followed them online during a hoax gun scare that briefly shut down campus and during the chemical plant fire that evacuated the city of Bryan. They were the most detailed news source on both subjects and updated their website fast as the story changed. Also, you can now follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/theeagle. (Though, hey, theeagle -- you need to follow your followers back! They could be sending you news tips!) Today, you can check in as students move into dorms to start the fall semester.

In the same vein, even outside the Brazos Valley, you can listen to news and Aggie Sports on WTAW online; find links at wtaw.com. Tonight, the weekly Mike Sherman show returns -- A&M's football coach gets together with radio announcer Dave South each week to talk at Wings N More; you can even e-mail your questions beforehand. Tune in tonight at 7 p.m.

Both of these loyal sponsors have been helping the Fall Reception take place for years, and the reception is the engine that keeps FJSA running. New members come to see what we're about. Great journalists are honored publicly. Connections are made that help both current and former students. Publicity from the meeting helps spread the word about A&M journalism. And we connect with faculty and staff, showing by our presence and our voice that we continue to care about and support journalism education at A&M.

It isn't free -- everything from the podium and programs to the larger expenses comes from somewhere -- and that is where WTAW and the Eagle come in and make it possible. Thank you.