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The police report that serves as the basis for sexual assault allegations against four Purdue football players shows the interaction started with electronic messages sent by the women making the claims.

Two female Purdue students allege four football players engaged in unwanted sexual activity with them at an off-campus house in October.

But their interaction began with the women sending explicit messages to at least one of the players, including on Snapchat, a social media app where content disappears once it’s been viewed.

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It’s common to hear presidential candidates or those running for statewide office asked to affirm their allegiance to a particular party.

But when local candidates on the same ballot are asked to defend themselves against charges they aren’t Republican enough, has the national rhetoric permeated too deeply?

We pose that question to Todd Barton this week on Ask The Mayor.

Also on this program, we ask whether election year partisanship might be hurting the city’s ability to hire people to keep up its website better than it has been.

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Millions of news consumers who get their information through social media are more likely to be trapped in a social bubble, says a study from the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.

Researchers studied more than 100 million web clicks and 1.3 billion social media posts from 2006 to 2010, and they found social media news consumers get their information from a less diverse range fo sources versus those who get their news through search engines. 

Underage Drinking Law Gets Social Media Relaunch

Aug 17, 2015
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Indiana’s Lifeline Law allows underage Hoosiers to call the police without fear of getting into trouble for drinking if they see someone that is the victim of a crime or needs medical attention.

The law’s author, State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), is renewing a social media campaign that aims to teach students about the law. he says this is the first year that campaign will emphasize that the law also applies if students are trying to help a victim of sexual assault.

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Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales recently came to Purdue to talk about “democracy and the internet.”

Before his lecture, WBAA News Director Stan Jastrzebski sat down with Wales to see if there are ways to improve the way people interact with the World Wide Web -- and in the process make it safer for all users.

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One of the key components of public service is communicating with one’s constituency.

In an era of multifarious electronic media, that job can be seen as either easier – because there’s so many ways to do it – or harder, because it takes additional time to meet everyone where they live in cyberspace.

We address how this phenomenon affects Crawfordsville on this week’s Ask The Mayor.

We also chat with Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton about a recent speech he gave to young men in his town, asking them to learn not just in the classroom, but about life.

'Nextdoor' to open communication among neighbors

Sep 6, 2012

A new social media site is up and running for Lafayette residents to share information on community safety.

'Nextdoor' is a free, private, network that allows neighbors to exchange information about their area.

Police Lieutenant Pat Flannelly says establishing this type of communication leads to a more secure environment.

The site has been up for about two weeks.

Flannelly says so far there are roughly 200-households signed up.

Social media and the 2012 presidential campaign

Mar 24, 2012

A panel discussion at Purdue examined how social media is transforming the presidential campaign.

Executives from Twitter, Google and C-SPAN highlighted the event, which took comments and questions via social media.

Google is documenting the digital campaign trail at a dedicated website. Jonathan Perelman is global lead in industry relations for the company. He says there’s a stark difference between 2008 and this year’s race when it comes to social media.

Lafayette Launches Facebook and Twitter

Mar 6, 2012

Lafayette hopes social media will help expand its presence.

The city launched both Facebook and Twitter pages Tuesday.

Project Manager Jennie Peterson says the goal is to keep all residents better informed of the city’s happenings, business opportunities, and events.

Information Technology Department Systems Analyst Patty Payne believes using these online tools will help connect with younger residents.

NPR's newly issued and updated ethics guidelines have a lot to say about being a journalist in the era of Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and any number of other social media channels that our staff uses every day.