Over the next seven weeks, we’ll host Q&As with experts across the country about how to improve your skills, grow your portfolio and break into the industry.

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J-Source is launching a series of live chats aimed at journalism students and early-career journalists this summer. Over the next seven weeks, we’ll host question-and-answer sessions with experts across the country who will provide advice on a broad range of topics on how to improve your skills, grow your portfolio and break into the industry.

The first live chat will take place this Friday, May 29 from 11 a.m. to noon EST. The topic is social media and will feature guest experts Mick Côté, deputy executive web producer of the Montreal Gazette, and Lauren Strapagiel, the recently appointed social news editor of BuzzFeed Canada.

Côté and Strapagiel will be available to answer any questions you have about social media. What skills are essential for new journalists? What’s the best way to get noticed by potential employers on social media? You can tweet your questions in advance using the hashtag #jsourcechat or submit them live once the chat gets underway. Sign up here for an email reminder shortly before the live chat begins.

All of the live chats in this summer series will be hosted by editorial producer Dillon Giancola. Giancola is a fourth-year digital media and journalism student at Wilfrid Laurier University and the incoming editor-in-chief of the Brantford campus’s independent student newspaper, The Sputnik. His J-Source position is supported by a Summer Experience Program grant from the Ontario Government.