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

Lemonade stand contest helps kids focus on business

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

I spoke with Stephanie Deeter, public services manager for the Bucks County Free Library about the library’s summer contest that teaches kids about business through a lemonade stand contest.

You can read the full story here.

Granite Run Mall assigns retail space for new dinosaur museum

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

A Delaware Valley mall will assign retail space to a new dinosaur museum. I spoke with Granite Run Mall Marketing Director Aubrey Proud about the Dinosaur-ium,

You can read the full story here.

Philadelphia Zoo keeping a watchful eye on its new snow leopard cubs

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

I spoke with the Philadelphia Zoo’s Carnivore Curator Tammy Schmidt about the zoo’s two new snow leopard cubs and how the zoo planned for their arrival and will see them into the future.

Full story with video here.