Twitter is easy.

So, it’s been a long time since I touched this blog. Since I last posted, I was hired as the local editor for Redondo Beach Patch. I later also became the editor of Palos Verdes Patch. I ran the two sites largely on my own until I was laid off, along with hundreds of my colleagues, in January 2014. Since then, I’ve launched My Redondo Beach, an independent hyperlocal devoted to Redondo Beach, Calif., as a project to keep my … Read More

Thoughts on ONA ’09

Having had so much fun at the Toronto convention, I decided to attend this year’s Online News Association Conference in San Francisco. It was a blast! I tweeted throughout the event (warning: there’s lots of snark); in fact, many of the convention attendees used the #ona09 hashtag to tweet their thoughts. I got to see a few friends — Joe Ruiz, Vanessa Bezic and Jess Ramos — listen to great speakers and learn lots of awesome new tricks. I’ve got … Read More

Why I dislike @ricksanchezcnn (Or, what reporters should NOT do when using Twitter)

Lately, I’ve been hanging out on Twitter while I’m at work. I’ll answer viewer questions, solicit feedback on topics, etc. Through several months of listening and learning, my station’s account has more than 500 followers. I realize my station is not the only one to actively use the service; many other television stations, newspapers and even national media outlets use it, whether as a headlines feed or to receive feedback. That said, Rick Sanchez (@ricksanchezcnn, for those of you on … Read More

On enterprising stories through Twitter

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Several months ago, I decided to create a Twitter account for the station. Being a total newbie at the whole Twitter thing, I asked the 17 or so followers we had what I could do to make it better, and Jeff Moriarty (@jmoriarty) kindly obliged. Fast forward to two weeks ago. I’m in the middle of a weekly journalism discussion when Jeff sends me a direct message (a private message sent only to me): Pssst… question for ya: Have you … Read More