Featured journalist: Tanya Ballard Brown

 

Today’s featured journalist is Tanya Ballard Brown, an editor with NPR who covers pop culture, social networking, and general entertainment. Brown calls herself “a Southern girl and a wild dreamer who laughs loudly and often.”

A native of Charlotte, N.C., and alumna of N.C. A&T State University, Brown is a former congressional fellow with the American Political Science Association. Her portfolio includes: Awkwardly Awaiting The Zimmerman Trial’s Outcome, Stuff You Might Have Missed In The Paula Deen Brouhaha, and Easy Rawlins Is Alive, Or Is He? and she’d like to be a bass player when she grows up. Or Sarah Vaughan.

 

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Going viral on social: our CEO @Gregory at the #SFPRSummit

Last week at the PRSummit in San Francisco, our CEO Greg presented a workshop on going viral on the social web. Anyone with a sense of social media and how things spread on the internet knows this isn’t an easy task. 

Greg spoke about his experience in growing The Shorty Awards and Muck Rack, and how to best grow your image and brand. Some of the main takeaways at the workshop were: building virility into products pre-release, creating the best hooks for social media platforms, and integrating viral growth into marketing and PR.

Those who were at the event tweeted some reactions to Greg’s talk, for those of you who didn’t get a chance to attend, we thought we’d share:

Here’s the clicktotweet that Greg promoted:

Featured journalist: Elizabeth Flock

imageToday’s featured journalist is Elizabeth Flock, staff writer at U.S. News & World Report.

She currently covers politics, and social issues (more specifically: Immigration, Religion, Race, and Gender) and made a documentary film on the side. Flock also “hopes she was Indian in a past life.” Her portfolio includes: Hopslam: How Big Beer Is Trying to Stop a Craft Beer Revolution for U.S. News & World Report, 'A Gay Girl in Damascus' comes clean in the Washington Post, and Karambir Kang: The Stoic for Forbes India Magazine.

Flock a graduate of Boston College but you can find her work on the inner workings of government and politics in the capital every day  for the eight-decade old political column “Washington Whispers.”

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Featured journalist: Christopher Wiggins

Today’s featured journalist is Christopher Wiggins, a journalist based in the D.C. Metro area. According to him, he’s “that guy who always has ‘just one more follow-up question,’ and knows what feels like everyone.”

Wiggins covers what feels like everything so here are the things you shouldn’t reach out to him about: business, cars, gossip, food, Wall Street, books, sports, and generally anything boring. His portfolio includes: “President Obama: Be Careful Not to Catch ‘Romnesia’ from Mitt” and “Election 2012: A Day With Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Adam Cook.”

There’s also a Washington DC Stonewall Award for Community All-Star that Wiggins got in 2012, which makes sense since he believes being a journalist means: “recognizing your duty - explain a story, in context with accuracy and integrity. Appreciating the access to history and people others don’t.” Impressive, right?


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Featured journalist : Charlie Warzel

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Today’s featured journalist is Charlie Warzel, deputy editor of FWD at BuzzFeed. He’s also at AdWeek writing about digital politics, the future of journalism, and online publishing (the digital media beat is really a give at this point).

Warzel’s portfolio includes, “The 140-Character-or-Less Campaign,” “Overdosing on HuffPost Live,” and “Are Table-Only Publications Dead?

Over the weekend, he had a brilliant idea: “what if we just shut down twitter on the weekends…”

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Featured journalist: Chris Brennan

Today’s featured journalist is Chris Brennan, senior writer at the Philadelphia Daily News.

 

His portfolio includes, “CLOUT’S A-to-Z guide to the Republican National Convention” while his twitter quote reads: “Squirm: Now is not the time for squirming, unless of course some angry guy on TV says we should squirm if we really love America.”


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