"Unicorns-n-rainbows filter on NewsroomCam shows critically low levels."
A bunch of journos and friends of Roanoke Times reporter @JordanFifer sent him well wishes and belly laughs following surgery by using #ahospitalisnoplaceforajournalist on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram. I compiled a bunch of them on this Storify board —-> http://storify.com/smogilvie/we-heart-jordanfifer
#NoDoy! Just realized my home’s I-81 exit is 140. How twitter-rific.
From an “all newsroom” email I’ve been sending each evening, which also lists our most-read stories, trending Facebook posts and random training opportunities.
SNAQs (Seldom, almost Never, Asked Questions)
Q: I see Caitlin and you at the same time. Who’s on watchtower — and what does that even mean*? Who do I talk to? Where do I email my urgent news story? WHAT IS GOING ON?!?!
Deep breath. Always send to email@example.com. Generally, Caitlin is on watchtower from 7 a.m. to noon each weekday. Stephanie takes over noon to 7 p.m., but Caitlin and metro editors jump in during that time as necessary. A rotating crew of copy editors take the baton starting at 7 p.m. Sending to firstname.lastname@example.org ensures your email will be acted upon ASAP**.
* This is waaaayyyy outdated, but I explain watchtower here.
**Weekends are a different story. For *urgent* news, a phone call/text message to editor on call is your best bet during the morning/afternoon.
Q: As a reporter, when I do send a breaking news email to email@example.com, how might I cause a dramatic happy dance from the watchtower?
A: If your email has the magic trifecta:
- The story is actually pasted into the body of the email (because we’re back to webmin days, and watchtower might not have DTI open)
- A DTI slug for print purposes
- A suggested headline to give us a running start (because you know the story better than us)
I, at least, promise “raise the roof” arm gestures, audible whoops or full-on happy dances. Dances also happen when we beat our competition with breaking news emails, so you might get two shows. Posting video of these shows to YouTube is highly discouraged.
Q: What’s the best comedy TV show that will boost my social media intelligence AND make me LOL many times over?
A: I’m relieved you asked. It’s definitely this one.