The information age has brought about many options for people who want to read the news. And new technologies have put the delivery of news into the hands of ordinary people.

So when Barack Obama was sworn in as President, West Virginia University students, faculty and staff took on the role of”citizen journalists”to report on this historic event. They traveled to Washington, D.C. armed with cell phones and computers, and sent blog posts and tweets to WVU sGold and Blue at the Inaugurationsite ( inauguration09.wvu.edu .)

Blogger Scott Crichlow , an associate professor of political science, embraces the new techology.”Now we have the ability to have a thousand voices in the field,”he said.

Andrew Barnes, a graduate student in the P.I. Reed School of Journalism and president of the WVU Young Democrats, enjoyed posting items to the blog.”The interaction from readers who are interested in what you are talking about, and are communicating with you about itthat’s kind of addictive, because you’re talking to them, and it becomes a conversation,”he said.

TheGold and Blue at the Inaugurationblog project is an integrated effort of University Relations , with support from Web Services and News and Information Services . It is just one of the many ways WVU is using new media. Check us out at wvu.edu.