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PULLMAN – Former White House Bureau Chief Helen Thomas and CBS News’ Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer will appear in Second Life for an interactive Q&A session, held at 5:30 p.m. April 6 on both the real and virtual campuses of WSU.

The duo are the recipients of this year’s 2009 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism and in Broadcast Journalism, respectively.

The special event is part of the Virtual Journalism Summit, a unique gathering that will examine media and the metaverse through a series of panels, presentations and workshops with newsmakers in journalism and technology. The day-long free event is sponsored by a grant from The McCormick Foundation in partnership with The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

“The McCormick Foundation is proud to partner with Brett Atwood and WSU’s Edward R. Murrow College,” said Clark Bell, director of the McCormick Foundation’s Journalism Program. “Our reporting institutes are designed to be timely, engaging and insightful. This event should certainly fulfill our expectations and serve as a valuable learning platform for the participating journalists.”

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Other speakers include Second Life founder Philip Rosedale, Club Penguin co-founder Lane Merrifield, CNN senior producer Lila King, ThinkBalm co-founder Erica Driver and virtual journalists Bernhard Drax and Wagner James Au.

“We’re excited to bring together many of the leaders in technology and journalism to discuss and explore this new media channel for storytelling,” said WSU President Dr. Elson Floyd. “These and other emerging forms of digital news distribution offer both promise and potential for our students and for the future of journalism.”

“These emerging 3D spaces offer fascinating new opportunities for storytelling,” said Erica Austin, dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. “And as the traditional, newspaper-based world of journalism looks for appropriate new ways to provide the vital checks and balances vital to democracy, this event will provide a very significant catalyst for innovation.”

The McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening our free, democratic society by investing in children, communities and country. Through its five grantmaking programs, Cantigny Park and Golf, and three world-class museums, the Foundation helps build a more active and engaged citizenry. It was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The McCormick Foundation is one of the nation’s largest charities, with more than $1 billion in assets. For more information, please visit www.McCormickFoundation.org

For a complete schedule of events, please visit the event Web site at: http://communication.wsu.edu/virtualjournalism.