Working in communications and media means that from time to time a colleague asks a favor. Like…can they interview me for a story? Since I’m all about the sharing, I usually say yes and hope it doesn’t involve video or a photo. Sometimes I’m lucky.
It was really no surprise that I took to media like a duck takes to water. I did my first newspaper interview in first grade. It was apparent then that I was a chatty girl. My mother was not amused by the “Cindy talks too much in class” comments from my teachers, but talking too much is what set me on my career path. For your enjoyment, my first newspaper interview:
Laura Bergells questioned me about the use of hashtags in social media for this piece on Grand Rapid’s MLive.com I didn’t have the heart to tell her that about 1/4 of my hashtags on Twitter are #sarcastic.
This piece from The Grand Rapids Press/Mlive.com found me talking turkey (seriously) with reporter Rachael Recker. This event was an exercise in how effective social media is for building real relationships in the community.
Another fund-raising event made even better through social media. Here’s John Gonzalez’ story on how it came together.
The radio interview is probably the least traumatic for me. No pictures. No video. However, I can’t get over the fact that even as a middle-aged woman, I sound like Tinkerbell. Over at Michigan Radio/NPR, Dustin Dwyer did this wonderful interview about social engagement.
My friend Roberta King did a fabulous job covering one of downtown Grand Rapid’s social media events. She even tried not to get my double chin on this video interview:
Finally, here at the bottom (where hopefully you won’t scroll far enough down to see) are my infamous TV appearances. I hate my voice and I always seem to be having a bad hair day.
This story from WoodTV 8 was about using Twitter:
And once again, here I am flaunting the Fuzzy Red Robe (I’m such a pimp) and talking to Emily Richett about one of my favorite social media gatherings EVER: