Why I love the Philly accent and why it’s not going anywhere [NewsWorks essay]

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I could not sit idly by last week as University of Pennsylvania researchers announced findings that the Philadelphia accent may very well be fading.

So as a NewsWorks colleague set out to determine exactly what that meant, I took it upon myself to defend the oft-mocked accent, and explain why, no matter how the city changes, its residents will likely always say “wooder.”

The full essay is below, and you can read the original on NewsWorks. Continue reading Why I love the Philly accent and why it’s not going anywhere [NewsWorks essay]

Covering the 2012 election on live TV [NewsWorks]

That’s me on the right with WHYY-TV election night host Tracey Matisak.

Just because I’m a social media editor doesn’t mean I spend all day at a computer using Facebook or Twitter.

Actually, it does sort of mean that, but if you’re a journalist in 2012, you’ve got to be able to multitask and you really ought to develop skills across several platforms. That’s partly how I came to be on live TV Nov. 6 to cover the 2012 election. Continue reading Covering the 2012 election on live TV [NewsWorks]

I’m the new Social Media Editor for NewsWorks

I started at NewsWorks on Nov. 3, 2010. I came in right after that year’s election and less than two weeks before the official launch of NewsWorks.org, the news site for Philadelphia’s public media station, WHYY.

It’s been a great almost-two years, and now I’m happy to announce I’ve been promoted. Continue reading I’m the new Social Media Editor for NewsWorks

St. Hubert’s brown and gold fights on – but for how long? [NewsWorks]

This a story I wrote for WHYY’s NewsWorks.org, where I work full-time as the Feed Blogger.

My editor asked me to contribute a personal essay about a recent shake-up in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. On Jan. 6, a commission announced that four high schools and dozens of grade schools would close at the end of the year. My alma mater, St. Hubert’s High School, was on that list.

After a weeks-long appeals process, the diocese announced Hubert’s and the other three high schools will remain open for now.

This was an especially difficult piece to write, given that I rarely flex my personal essay-writing skills, but I was glad for the chance to share it with a larger audience.

The full story is below, and originally appeared on NewsWorks Feb. 28, 2012 [pdf version]. Continue reading St. Hubert’s brown and gold fights on – but for how long? [NewsWorks]

SEPTA: fake tokens ‘very rare’ but not impossible to come across

This a story I wrote for WHYY’s NewsWorks.org, where I work full-time as the Feed Blogger.

I spoke with SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch about fake tokens: where do they come from and how do they end up packaged with real ones? After a little digging, I got details on how and where tokens are sorted and packaged.

You can read the full story below. It originally appeared on NewsWorks [pdf version]. Continue reading SEPTA: fake tokens ‘very rare’ but not impossible to come across

Marketing continues for Philadelphia Media Network tablet despite exec’s departure

This a story I wrote for WHYY’s NewsWorks.org, where I work full-time as the Feed Blogger.

I spoke with Yoni Greenbaum and Mark Block about their former and current roles at Philadelphia Media Network, owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com, about Greenbaum’s departure after helping launch the company’s tablet device.

You can read the full story here.