Roanoke has been called a swing town in a swing state, so why not celebrate with your own swingin’ election night party?
(And by the looks of Virginia’s changing demographics, we should be able to recycle these ideas in the next presidential election.)
Read more from my Roanoke Times story, Elect to party! How to throw a swing state election night party »
Roanoke Times food writer Lindsey Nair wanted to write about all of the creative Halloween treats she saw on Pinterest. So she challenged a few staffers to try whipping them up themselves.
I made these *scandalously easy* witch hat cookies (photo by Rebecca Barnett | The Roanoke Times).
The best part? After photographing all of the yummy sweets (including Frankenstein crispy rice treats and a pumpkin-shaped cake), she shared them all with the newsroom in a casual Halloween party.
Read the story here.
This reminds me of my “Quest for the Best Margarita” series in our Inside Out entertainment section in 2006. I tried to create social opportunities for our ragtag team of freelancers, so we met every couple of weeks to rate restaurant margaritas. This made for engaging (and incredibly popular) content throughout the summer — and each stop became a relaxed incubator to joke about story ideas.
To celebrate Inside Out’s first birthday in 2005, I hosted a small staff party at my house — we rated store-bought birthday cakes (Kroger’s chocolate with whipped vanilla icing won us over).
Photos from our “Superheroes of Journalism” party following the Virginia Press Association’s awards banquet at the Hotel Roanoke, April 21, 2012. I attended as Social Media Butterfly … fluttering through the hype. Photos by Meg Martin, online superhero of The Roanoke Times / roanoke.com
My wings and glitter are ready to go.
How’s your superhero persona coming along?
We have a few ideas if you need some help …
THE FOIA-LER: Look out, crook. Your corruption scheme will be FOI(A)LED!
SHUTTER BUG: You will shudder as her monster flash blinds you!
*THE* RED PEN: Yes, that’s THE Red Pen, Megan points out. I’ve been marked.
NUT GRAF: Spreading context wherever he goes! We nominate Brian Kelley.
AP STYLE MAVEN: *Hopefully* you won’t cross her.
Or maybe you prefer a villain?
FAIL WHALE: Foiling tweets most every day
M.I.A.: The PR flack we most dread
Also, a funny story …
I tweeted about our superheroes party and got a response from Bob Stepno, a journalism prof at Radford.
Apparently he teaches a class (and launched an entire blog, www.jheroes.com
) about journalists as superheroes.
The class is titled: Journalists in Film, Fiction and Popular Culture
From the description:
“While this blog and podcast, ‘jheroes.com: Newspaper Heroes on the Air,’ focuses on radio portrayals of journalists, the course will cover all forms of popular culture — from Broadway plays and Hollywood movies to short stories, novels, comic books, and maybe even a song or two.”
Stepno’s archived clips of old radio broadcasts from 30s/40s all over his blog …
And I had no idea the Green Hornet was a reporter, too?!?
“Superheroes of Journalism” party (following VPA awards dinner)
When: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday
Where: Lower level of Hotel Roanoke
Cheers: Two kegs of free beer (purchased by the sponsoring newspapers) to enjoy and a cash bar for anyone who wants wine or soft drinks
Reminder: Tuesday Twitter Talk is set for noon Tuesday, April 24, in the news conference room.
The April 24 brownbag/roundtable will be a time to talk amongst ourselves, so we can share our Twitter tips with colleagues, ask questions, configure your phone, whatever. If you can’t make the talk in person, remember that we can teleconference with the bat phone.
BTW, I’m planning to make “Tuesday Talks” a regular gig for informal discussions, brainstorms, TED Talks broadcasts and other miscellaneous training opportunities, so feel free to share your ideas. Adding Storify to the list.
Finally: You can find the notes from our Bloggers Summit taped to the whiteboard in the newsroom (near stairwell). Video coming next week.