Posts Tagged ‘Sarah Evans’
Today I’m networking with Sarah Evans. Not the singer Sara Evans – this Sarah is a rock star in the world of social media. She was at Fox Chicago earlier this month to talk to anchors, reporters and any interested employees on how broadcast journalists can better utilitize social media. I’m glad she was able to jump off the internet long enough for us to visit over lunch.
I met Sarah on the web long before her visit to the station. She somehow found me when I first joined twitter over a year ago. I think she was intrigued that a “traditional” broadcast journalist was on the scene. Sarah has nearly 30,000 twitter followers and is the founder of the site’s popular #journchat series – a weekly live chat between PR professionals, journalists and bloggers. She’s also a guest writer for Mashable and just launched her own PR and new media agency.
“What’s stopping people from using ustream?” Sarah asks. She predicts the internet and technology will soon change the world of traditional broadcast journalism even more. Like many other social media strategists, Sarah believes a tidal shift is happening. Journalists need to catch the wave, jump out or risk washing ashore. Hang ten, baby!
As if my family and Anchor/Reporter job at Fox Chicago didn’t keep me busy enough, here I am spending my day off blogging! Well, I just can’t help myself after meeting and getting to know many of the women pictured above. They are moms, entrepreneurs and businesswomen – part of a far more influential tech community in Chicago than you may think. For me, they’ve been pure inspiration and, perhaps, the sisters I never had.
My tech mentors have taught me to use social media far more effectively. I now approach my news assignments differently and I’ve surprised myself with my ability to multi-task while reporting from the field and anchoring in the studio.
There are others on the internet who’ve guided and encouraged me but here’s to some of the amazing women who’ve pushed me to make this blog a reality and to grow in new ways. Get to know them, too. Who knows what they may inspire you to do!
(In no particular order)
Beth Rosen, Sarah Evans, Liz Strauss, MJ Tam, Barbara Rozgonyi, Hope Bertram, Wendy Piersall, Jackie Cuyvers, Carrie Kirby, Duong Sheahan, Kim Moldofsky, Amy Ravit Korin, Lisa Martin, Allison Worthington.