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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 23, 2014

CONTACT: Dr. Jennifer Edwards, 254-968-9638, jtedwards@tarleton.edu

TSMRI Presents 4th Annual Conference

STEPHENVILLE, Texas – The 4th Annual Social Media Conference is Friday, Nov. 7 at the Southwest Metroplex Center in Fort Worth. The all-day conference features speakers from all over the nation.

The conference, hosted by the Texas Social Media Research Institute, will feature sessions over the practical application of social media, as well as sessions geared toward higher education, business and nonprofit organizations, and scholarly research.

The upcoming conference gives professionals in a variety of fields the chance to learn more about social media, share ideas, and obtain new information on provided research. Sessions range from discussing privacy issues to learning how to use different forms of social media in classrooms or businesses, such as “Integrating Traditional and Social Media,” “Incorporating Social Media Into Your Current Marketing Plan,” “Optimizing Facebook for Business,” and “Social Media and the Mind." 

Registration is open now until the day of the conference and costs $90. The registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, dessert happy hour, a T-shirt and goody bag. To register participants can visit www.txsocialmedia.org.

The conference is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants have the chance to attend seven informational sessions, including a lunch session at noon. After the main sessions, there is a recreational session with refreshments and door prizes.

About TSMRI
The Texas Social Media Research Institute is a collaboration of students, faculty, and staff. The Institute is based at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, and provides research and training focused on communication technology and social media.

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News release written by Alyssa Urbanek

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Smart Media Kit for 2013 Conference, created by Victoria Greer

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 28, 2013
CONTACT: Dr. Jennifer Edwards, 254-968-9638, jtedwards@tarleton.edu

Privacy and Social Media, Can it Coexist?   Texas Social Media Research Institute Launches First Twitter Chat 

STEPHENVILLE, Texas – The Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI) will launch its first Twitter chat Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m., focusing on the topic of privacy and social media.  

Participants can follow the chat to find out what TSMRI social media experts and the Twitter community think about the prominent topic and if social media and privacy can coexist.  

In honor of Data Privacy Month, TSMRI’s chat will explore individual views and experiences about social media and privacy. Data Privacy Month is Jan. 28-Feb. 28. 

Every eight minutes during the hour, TSMRI will post a new chat question about the discussion topic and prizes will be awarded periodically. Anyone can be a part of this chat by simply typing in #TSMRIchat on Twitter or adding it to tweets to follow the discussion. This chat can also be viewed by typing the hashtag on an Internet search engine. 

To follow more TSMRI discussions and topics, join other scheduled chats:

•    Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. - Forming professional relationships with followers on Twitter and Facebook

•    Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. - Text vs. pictures in social media posts

•    April 9 at 8 p.m. - Social media and the job search

•    April 23 at 8 p.m. - College students surviving finals 

TSMRI is a cross-collaborative initiative consisting of faculty, staff, and students at Tarleton State University who are focused on social media in Texas. Their mission is to provide research and training focused on communication technology and social media in all ranges of education and business.  

For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Edwards, TSMRI executive director, at jtedwards@tarleton.edu.

News release written by Ashly Jobbins

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2013
24/7 Contact:
  Sarah Maben, maben @ tarleton.edu, (254) 968-9751

TSMRI Research Fellowships Available

STEPHENVILLE, Texas – The Texas Social Media Research Institute is looking for fellows for its 2013-14 social media research program.

“Our inaugural fellowship class has been outstanding and we’re excited to add to the group of social media researchers this year,” said Dr. Credence Baker, TSMRI co-director.

TSMRI is based at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. The group provides research and training focused towards communication technology and social media for K-12 education, higher education, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

The program is looking for applicants who are conducting or wish to conduct research on social media. TSMRI provides researchers and practitioners resources for discovery, both applied and scholarly. Fellows will work with TSMRI to connect social media to their research agendas.

Fellows will receive early access to The Journal of Social Media in Society, complimentary registration to the 2013 Social Media Conference and TSMRI workshops and a one-year membership to TSMRI. Fellowships are for one year (June 1 to May 31).

The deadline to sign up is April 22 and application in online at www.tinyurl.com/tsmrifellowapp.

“We wanted to offer opportunities to scholars wishing to study issues in social media,”   TSMRI executive director Jennifer Edwards said. “Helping foster social media research is one of our goals. It’s the R in TSMRI.”

ABOUT TSMRI: The Texas Social Media Research Institute, based at Tarleton State University, in Stephenville, Texas, is a cross-collaborative initiative consisting of faculty, staff and students who are focused on social media in Texas. www.tarleton.edu/tsmri

News release written by Jordan Garrard, a Tarleton public relations and event planning major

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