The word “news” can solicit a variety of different responses from different people. Does Justin Bieber’s arrest or the best dressed of the Academy Awards outweigh news about Russian military forces entering Ukraine?

A panel discussion at Black Hills State University will address these types of questions.

 “What IS news in 2014?” will be the topic of the panel discussion with South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) journalists and other local media personalities hosted by Black Hills State University Wednesday, March 26 at noon in the Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. The event is free and open to the public with brown bag lunches available from A’Viands Food Service for $5.

The panel will include: Joe Tlustos, director of radio; Charles Michael Ray, West River producer and reporter; and other local journalists. 

Tlustos oversees all SDPB radio programming, including the news and music staff. He has nearly three decades of radio experience in Minnesota and South Dakota. Previous to joining SDPB, he was the Program Director for KSTP-AM Radio in St. Paul, Minn. He was named a top-five finalist for Talk Programmer of the Year by Radio & Records magazine, a top national industry information source, and was recognized as one of the top news and talk radio programmers in the United States. Tlustos is a South Dakota native.

Ray, a native of the Black Hills, began working for SDPB Radio as a reporter in 1992 at the age of 19. Ray has won two national Edward R. Murrow awards and a National Scripps Howard News Service award. In 2009, he was selected as a Logan Science Journalist Polar Fellow and spent three weeks above the Arctic Circle at a scientific research station reporting on the impacts of climate change.  He has won 20 regional Murrow Awards and more than 40 awards from the Associated Press.

Tlustos, Ray and Fritz Miller, director of marketing, will also visit with BHSU students during several classes  while on campus.

This is the second year BHSU has partnered with SDPB for a panel discussion. For more information, contact Dr. Mitch Hopewell, coordinator of distance education graduate programs, at 605-642-1214 or Thomas.Hopewell@BHSU.edu