To serve the public, journalists need to serve each other.


I’m the social media manager at KING 5. When I moved into this job 3 years, my boss told me there were just two things he wanted me to do:
– change the culture
– have fun
There’s one more thing I would add
– reach out.
Everyone attending the ONA conference is a leader in digital journalism. But there are hundreds of journalists who will not be at the conference and are not in ONA. They’re just struggling to keep up while telling the stories that are important to their communities. We need to reach out to them wherever they are to help them do the job of serving the public.
ONA does a great job with out reach – it is quote – ‘a resource for journalists seeking guidance and growth.’
But the only way this mission works and ONA continues to grow is if each of us is a resource for journalists who want guidance and who want to grow – even if they don’t have time to seek our help. We need to reach out to them.
Often our lives as journalists are so filled with daily tasks – and technology just adds to these – that’s it’s hard to always focus on the big picture.
But you – each of you – can help by reaching out.
Start today – by tweeting a journalist in your community who isn’t at ONA, and asking them what they’d like you to bring back and then BRING IT BACK.
Start today – by going to the student newsroom and adopting one of these bright young leaders of future journalism. Stay in touch and be a mentor. You’re bound to learn more from them than they will from you.
Start today – by having coffee with someone at this conference who you might never know otherwise, and deciding to set up a mutual help hotline for each other’s newsrooms.
When we make it our priority to serve ALL journalists, we fulfill our promise of serving the public.
I am running for the ONA Board of Directors – and here is my promise to you – I am reaching out to all of you here, and all journalists to help you in any way I can.


A wish for you in 2013

A new year, a new beginning, a new vow to be MORE.

But what if MORE really isn’t MORE? And what happens when we aren’t MORE?

The pressure to succeed is so incredible in our everyday lives. Our every thought and action scrutinized by the world it seems. Everywhere the comparisons to those who have MORE than we do. The cult of celebrity that can make us quickly feel like we are missing out. The idea that “.. if only this happens, I will be MORE.”

Often the desire to be MORE leads us to believe we need MORE. MORE money, MORE toys, MORE stuff.

I am inspired by my friend Donald who has decided to pare his possessions down to 300 items. Every day on Tumblr he offers something to his friends in his effort to get rid of his MORE.

He says, “The more I have, the less I seem to be happy with.”

And he’s right. MORE is an addiction, which just leads us to want MORE. MORE of what the world tells us we should want.

But there is a different kind of more, a more that is so much more than MORE.

More joy, more truth, more love. More of what truly makes you happy, not what the world tells you you need to be happy.

This is the more I wish for you. Only you know what this more is. And it is more than enough.

Note to my 25 year old self on a birthday many years later


Sorry I haven’t written more often in the past several years, but time has just slipped away. If I could go back here’s some of what I’d want you to know. Take it or leave it, it’s mainly about things left undone, unsaid, not reached for. No real regrets (I’ve been lucky), but some changes I might have made.

1. Make mistakes. Fail. Don’t worry about doing everything right. Just do it. No one learns to walk without falling over and over and over again.

2. Spend more time with your parents. They will be gone before you are. You won’t know when or how and you won’t be able to stop it.

3. Kids grow up FAST. Play more, worry less.

4. Make more friends. Try to make everyone your friend. Strangers are just friends you have not made yet.

5. Don’t wait for the ‘person’ who will make you happy. That person is here. It’s you.

6. Never stop learning. Never stop changing. Never stop trying.

7. Laugh. Cry. Laugh some more. Cry some more. Don’t be ashamed of your emotions.

8. Count your blessings. Make your blessings.

9. Wear more sunblock. But don’t worry when the wrinkles come, embrace the smile lines.

10. Help more people. Help more people. Help more people.

11. Embrace uncertainty.

12. Dance. Sing. Play. Stay out all night. Then do it again.

13. Go fast, but sometimes go slower.

14. Listen. Ordinary people have extraordinary stories if you take the time to listen to them.

15. Give all of your love away. All of it. Don’t wait. We’re not of this world for long.




Don’t offer me something if you aren’t ready to deliver

Google+ tells me I can now get my company account verified. All I have to do is follow the simple instructions. So I follow the simple instructions and I wait. And I wait. And I wait.

Google+ already made me wait to have a business page, now it wants to verify me but when I say ‘okay’ it apparently rescinds the offer?

Now I wonder if a Google+ verified account is really important to me. Because it looks like I am not that important to Google+. Time to find someone who is willing to deliver on what they offer.