Happy holidays from the most ridiculous people you know
Pan seared honey glazed salmon for dinner tonight with rosemary red potatoes on the side. Too good, food coma.
…where journalists are becoming celebrities, where do you draw the line between telling the news and attracting news?
Let me explain.
Charlie LeDuff is an infamous reporter in Detroit. He has something to say about everything, and he boasts an eccentricity that somehow allows him to be more likable and more shifty at the same time. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if he’s simply enjoying himself or if he’s about to troll all his viewers. He’s faced accusations about sensationalizing his work, but perhaps he’s just a sensational reporter. One thing seems certain - he’s not like your typical reporter - all stone-faced and monotonous. He’s emotive. He’s quirky. And he’s actually pretty funny.
But the Charlie LeDuff’s of the world (if there are any others like him) raise some questions. He tells stories in a way that makes him stand out, but are the stories he tells created and built up around his bravado? Should reporting the news allow genuine, surprising emotions? Should the success of a reporter be measured solely by the content of their work rather than the number of viewers that tune in to watch what they have to say? Should journalism as a whole take itself just a bit less seriously?
For obvious reasons (such as you’re reading this online, possibly hundreds of miles from where I am), those questions were rhetorical. But if you feel inclined to answer them, or offer another opinion, leave a comment for me.
And if you’re interested in reading about Mr. LeDuff, check out his profile in GQ’s Men of the Year Issue. (He’s been crowned Madman of the Year. Suits him.)
Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving! ❤️😘🐣🍗
AKA 21 more reasons for me to make JLaw my woman crush
I’m with the band
Today I cried while reading a story about a 5-year-old boy with leukemia whose dream to be BatKid came true yesterday thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation. I cried because my heart went out to that little boy and his family for facing such a terrible disease. I cried because the smile on his face as he raced through the city of San Francisco - ahem, Gotham - he looked like the most joyful child on the planet. I cried because the dream this sick child had came true thanks to the unbelievable and unprecedented support from the city of San Francisco, and rest of the country as well.
I’m not going to detail every part of this incredible story, for which adjectives such as “heartwarming” and “adorable” are too mundane, too unremarkable to use. What I am going to write about is the surprising role that social media played in making this boy’s ambitious dream bigger than anyone may have imagined.
In each of the few articles I read about this beautiful story, the writer pointed out that many of the people who lined the streets to watch as 5-year-old Miles took on the bad guys of Gotham spread word of the event via social media. According to a Yahoo! article, the number of tweets relating to the keyword “BatKid” went from 0 to 114,000 during the course of the day. Topsy reported that those tweets reached more than 489 million people worldwide. Even President Obama contributed to the international love for the pint-sized superhero, dedicating his first Vine to the boy.
Make-A-Wish Foundation grants thousands of wishes each year, a number I proudly contribute to as a Chi Omega. The organization is our national philanthropy, and every time we meet the child or teen whose wish we’re granting, I swear it’s me and my sisters whose lives are brightened. But this particular wish, and the extent to which it was carried out, would not have been possible had it not been for the wonderful people who supported this dream and made it a reality. Miles may have lived his dream of becoming BatKid, but it was the people of San Francisco, the people of Make-A-Wish, and the people of the world who benefitted from the joy that he shared with us that day.
For video coverage of the event, click here: http://gma.yahoo.com/batkids-wish-transforming-san-francisco-gotham-155349908—abc-news-topstories.html
#tbt to last year’s Hoot N Holler with this kickass guy…one of the most fun nights I had sophomore year. Can’t wait to see what lies in store for round two tonight!