Journalists Cull Questions for Obama’s ‘Twitter Town Hall’

By: Jennifer Preston | New York Times

To get the conversation started for today’s first Twitter Town Hall at the White House, Twitter executives turned to a handful of journalists from across the country to help generate questions about jobs and the economy for President Obama.

Dorrine Mendoza, 42, the online editor for The North County Times, a daily newspaper outside San Diego, was among the journalists invited by Twitter late last week to help find questions. “I am deeply honored to participate,” she said. “I believe Twitter can be the great equalizer. It allows anyone to ask the president a question.”

Ms. Mendoza said most of the questions she is getting from her Twitter followers reflect concerns from military families who live in the region and worries about the economy, expiring unemployment benefits and the California state budget, especially the impact of cuts on education.

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