I recently asked some of our Twitter followers the following question:
Within a few minutes, I was flooded by some great examples from some hard-working journalists out there. A few dozen followers asked me to share some of the responses, which seemed like a great idea for a blog post. In no particular order, here are some I think you might enjoy:
@MikeBockoven: I saved someone’s life once. Without a story I wrote, a woman wouldn’t have found a kidney donor.
Saving a life is one cool result of a story. People overlook the value of the knowledge they attain from reading what reporters write. Congrats to @mikebockoven on this one.
@barbaraclements: That would be DC during 9-11, a look into falls in the construction industry and a foster mom who’d fostered dozens of kids.
Three great examples. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to report on 9-11.
@ioriwase: Break a story about a corrupt politician and then covering the aftermath where he was removed from office.
A mini-Watergate? I love it. We need more of this reporting out there.
@quipsandtips: So far, my best story is The Benefits of Breast Cancer” – upcoming in Health Magazine April 2009. Shocking!
I’ll have to read the article. The content promises to be as ‘shocking’ as the headline.
@cjessee2: Last week I got to break the news to Californians that delayed tax refunds were in the mail!
Who doesn’t like reading about “the check is in the mail”? Especially in this economy.
@atubanos: One of my faves was chatting to Marina Sirtis for YourGeekNews b/c we go another side of her than the usual scifi bit.
I am of the generation that knows Marina Sirtis played Deanna Troi on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” That must have been a fun interview.
@AntoniaZ: For me the best was, as media critic, covering how awful the US media was in the wake of 9/11 and in the run-up to Iraq.
I’m sure there was plenty of material to use for this one.
@kpoythress: One of the most well-received stories I ever reported was on a baby girl with Trisomy 18. Shouldn’t have lived to birth.
I had never heard of Trisomy 18, also known as Edwards syndrome, until this tweet. It sounds like this was a real-life miracle for the parents.
@stevenpotter: In my college years, I broke apart an indentured servitude racket through a weekly alternative paper.
I can’t believe this still goes on.
@akurys: I did a fantastic package on Oklahoma’s Centenarian’s on the 100th birthday of our statehood a few years ago!
I hope I live to be 100. I’m going to throw one heck of a party in 2074.
If somebody where to ask me right now, “What’s the best tweet you ever twittered?”, I’d have to say it was this one. Thanks to my Twitter participants for sharing their stories, I may have to recycle this tweet again in the future.
Are you a journalist with a story to add? Are you one of the sources I mentioned and want to add some more detail? Please share your comments.