Social media is all about experiencing life and emotions with others, and live coverage is the best way to accomplish that.
Lansing State Journal
During my time at the LSJ, Larry Nassar’s sentencing happened in Lansing. I livestreamed a few videos during that time, including a lively Michigan State University Board of Trustees meeting and a local police department’s public apology to one of Nassar’s victims
While working at the Tribune, I was able to pioneer live video, including behind-the-scenes views from the newsroom and Tribune Tower’s 22nd floor. This was back when Periscope was a big deal, and I loved answering viewer questions in real time.
I also covered events and holidays across the city, like the holiday Christkindlmarket, annual pride parades, turning the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day, and the Chi-Town Rising New Year’s Party. I even had the opportunity to stream outside Wrigley Field during the 2016 World Series.
To capture these conversations, I curate my live tweeting spurts into Twitter Moments.
One of my most memorable live-tweeting events was the night Darren Wilson was not indicted for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. While documenting the protest through tweets, videos, and photos, I walked about seven miles from the South Side of Chicago, up Lake Shore Drive, and through downtown.