If you’ve ever found the online comments more interesting than the stories on a news site, mark your calendar for a panel discussion next week.

The UST Department of Communication and Journalism, the Minnesota News Council and the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists will host a panel presentation,  “The Comment Conundrum,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in 3M Auditorium, Room 150, Owens Science Hall.

Panelists will examine these questions:

  • What are news outlets doing to ensure civil discourse on their sites?
  • What happens when inappropriate content is posted on comment sites?
  • What are the legal ramifications for news outlets and for the commenters?
  • What draws readers to comment on stories?
  • Which sites have the best and worst commenters?

Panelists include:

  • David Brauer, MinnPost.com (moderator)
  • Mike Knaak, assistant managing editor,­ St. Cloud Times
  • Terry Sauer, assistant managing editor-digital, Star Tribune
  • Leita Walker, associate, Faegre & Benson

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Wendy Wyatt, UST Communication and Journalism Department, (651) 962-5253.