International Women of Courage Awards: Celebrate Women’s History Month #IWOC

March 22, 2015

How do you celebrate Women’s History Month? You attend the International Women’s Courage Award ceremony at The State Department. On March 6, 2015, I attended the International Women of Courage Awards at the U.S. Department of State. The State Department folks were very informative and transparent about their goal to engage citizens in new ways. The […]

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West Wing Tour

March 8, 2015

In 2014, during the #SOTUSocial, I took a tour of the White House residence-you know the China room, Blue Room, Green Room, Red Room, East Room, State Dining Room, etc. I also, by chance, saw Bo and Sunny while talking to a Secret Service Agent about the rooms on the first floor.  You can read about my experience […]

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The Road to the White House #SOTUSocial #WHSocial

January 12, 2015

You can apply to attend the #SOTUSocial. Attending the social is an honor and an experience for an American. It’s a privilege to be a #digitalcitizen and to participate in the political process no matter what one’s political beliefs are. The greatest quality about America is the honor to agree to disagree, but to also create […]

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Merging Television and Internet-Two Media Collide and break Twitter

March 8, 2014

This past Sunday, the Oscars blew up Twitter. Yes, Ellen DeGeneres broke Twitter. Why is this significant? Because in only an hour the selfie filled with who is who in Hollywood was retweeted 1 million times. Take a look at the retweets 24 hours later… 3 million!  ABCNews reported: By Monday afternoon, it had been […]

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#Social at the #SOTUSocial–Making the White House Accessible

February 16, 2014

The one part of the White House trip I failed to mention: I was suffering from a BAD COLD! With that in mind, I was not able to socialize as I usually do. I was tired, on lots of cold medicine and just fighting to feel better every minute I was in Washington, D.C.   […]

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Invited to the White House: Tweeting the #SOTUSocial Part II

February 11, 2014

  On January 28, 2014, I attended a White House Social Media social. The day was spectacular. In my previous post, Part I, I discussed my general visit to the White House. In this post I want to share with you how the White House is using social media as a powerful tool in the […]

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Invited to the White House: Tweeting the #SOTUSocial Part I

February 10, 2014

How do you get invited to the White House? You tweet– of course. On January 20 I received the email inviting me to the White House. It was the most exciting email I’ve ever received. I had to fill out information for a background check and RSVP saying yes to both the White House tour […]

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React and Attack: The Ritual of Communication in an Always-On World

July 21, 2013

John Dewey writes  in The Public & its Problems: To learn to be human is to develop through the give and take of communication an effective sense of being an individually distinctive member of a community; one who understands and appreciates its beliefs, desires and methods, and who contributes to a further conversion of organic […]

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Twitter Reaction leads to Media Reaction: Where is the Truth?

May 1, 2013

The Boston Marathon Bombing and the manhunt that followed taught social media users and legacy media that breaking news is not about being first, but it is about being right. Even Twitter users started to question the reliability of stories during last week’s events. @ironjanitor 19 Apr Ill go ahead and start the #conflictingstories #bostonmanhunt […]

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Binders Full of Tweets: Changing the Ritual of Campaigns

October 21, 2012

I was asked recently if I thought Twitter was hurting the campaign more than helping. Instead of hurting or helping, I think social media is changing the four year ritual we are all accustomed to. Since the Republican debates, I have been live tweeting. Live tweeting is fun, but I have found that using social […]

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