Recently, I was interviewed by a graduate student at my alma mater about the changing social media landscape in journalism.
One of the biggest things I stress as a journalist is being human.
As local reporters we need to be interacting and engaging our viewers on our social media platforms–I think that builds trust with our community.
Q: What are some of the positives to that instantaneous feedback from viewers?
A: Social media has helped the news media industry to be a little more empathetic. If people feel like we’re glorifying an incident or a certain issue or sensationalizing something, that two-way conversation lets people say those things. Sometimes that feedback helps us to shape our stories in a good, sensitive, thoughtful way. In difficult stories that hit close to home for people, I watch social media to see if we’re being sensitive and respectful.
I’ve called Tulsa, Oklahoma home for 5+ years. Tulsa is an incredible place and I’m grateful for the opportunity to cover news here. I signed on with “2 Works For You” Tulsa’s NBC affiliate in April 2017. Here’s my latest work for Fall/Winter 2018.
GRAND LAKE, Okla. — In March 2016 I was chosen to cover the Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees for KOTV News On 6. On Day 2 of the competition, I covered the professional anglers from a chase boat. This is a montage of my coverage from that morning.