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Saturday, April 2 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Becoming Budding Bloggers

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Sure, Facebook and Twitter are hot topics today, but blogging is still at the heart of social media and online communication. This panel will explore the how and why of blogging for today's students, and explore how blogging itself can be used to learn from each other and with each other.


  • Kaitlin Carpenter, Student, American Unviersity - 
  • Jessica Darmawan, Student, American University - Jessica Darmawan is a budding international blogger from Jakarta, Indonesia. With her passion for travel, she blogs about the world's largest archipelago, Indonesia, and its unique culture, natural landscape, traditional cuisine, and people. Within 6 months, her blog has grown to over 5,500 followers from all over the world. She hopes to work with Indonesia's Department of Tourism in the future to further expand her blog. Jessica is a Junior in the School of International Service at American University, and she hopes to use social media to promote causes.
  • Winston "Stone" Ford, Owner and CEO, Couch Sessions (@couchsessions) - Recognized as an international music tastemaker by industry insiders and musicians "in the know," Stone (aka Winston Ford) is the creator of The Couch Sessions, the premier online destination for alternative urban music and culture.Stared in 2005, The Couch Sessions has been recognized worldwide for exposing new and emerging talent. In 2011, Stone branched out to create his own Artist Development company under the Couch Sessions brand in addition to a new marketing and branding firm. He lives in New York City.
  • Andi Narvaez, SMCEDU Advisory Board Member (@andinarvaez) - Andi Narvaez is a social media and public relations professional. She currently serves on the advisory boards of Social Media Club DC and Social Media Club Education Connection, she is public relations chair for DC Twestival and works for Citizen Effect, a philanthropy startup dedicated to providing citizens with the tools and support they need to work directly with communities in need around the world. She is originally from Quito, Ecuador but moved to Washington, DC in 2009 to pursue a masters degree in Public Relations at University of Maryland. You can read her blog at andinarvaez.com and follow her on Twitter @andinarvaez.
  • Chris Richards, Pop Music Critic, Washington Post (@chris__richards) - Chris Richards is the pop music critic at the Washington Post. His work appears regularly in the Post's Style section and even more frequently on Click Track, the Post's pop music blog. Before arriving at the Post, he was editor of The Fader magazine and a member of the Washington post-punk group Q and Not U.

Saturday April 2, 2011 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
SIS Room 113 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW

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