In a storm, everyone is a journalist
When you look out a window during a Wisconsin winter storm, you see snow. No revelation there.
Yet, when you look out at social media during a Wisconsin storm, you see the same thing, because everyone is sharing it. Photos from Instagram on Facebook, or Twitpics on Twitter, or simply getting emails with photos or links to videos … people shared with each other what they experienced on Thursday and Friday last week.
"You can't help but post a snow picture," said Phil Cianciola, host of the PhilCast that airs on WHBY-AM 1150 in Appleton and streamed and podcast to many listeners in the Milwaukee market. Phil's program was once also featured here on OnMilwaukee.com. "We all know what snow looks like, but people love to post their snow pictures."
I talked with Phil and his listeners about the latest storm on Thursday, you can listen to the broadcast here.
In TV Land, stations asked people to share photos on websites, or post them to the station's Facebook page. If posted, stations may put them on the air during their local news broadcasts.
EDUCATIONAL EFFORT: On Nov. 5, more than 4,600 children were invited to Discovery World in Milwaukee to participate in a program and encourage young people to learn about opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.
Time Warner Cable's Lisa Manna and her crew interviewed participants for a national show for the Connect A Million Minds project put together by NY1 in New York.
"It Ain't Rocket Science" aired locally on Time Warner Cable Sports 32 on Saturday morning. Now, it is available on Wisconsin on Demand channel 411 under the CAMM tab.
You can find more on the program here.
CHURCH CONNECTION: In Milwaukee, those of us who worked in media feel a connection to the Vatican, through the interactions we may have had with Timothy Dolan, the former archbishop in Milwaukee who now is a Cardinal and serves in a greater capacity in New York.
For others, they may feel a connection to the Vatican through their faith, or involvement within the Catholic Church. Yet, for others, their connection could be through what they have seen in TV shows and film.
The Church has often found a way in stories that we've watched. Perhaps that connection came while watching Sally Field playing "The Flying Nun" on TV or a floating nun that sent Jake and Elwood on their own mission from God in the film "The Blues Brothers."
Late last week, Showtime gave the green light to the shooting of a pilot for a show on the Vatican from Oscar nominee Paul Attanasio. Ridley Scott is to direct the drama, reported as a "provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic Church."
While in my head I have "The West Wing"-type of show using the Church as a backdrop, but this could be something completely different.
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