Goodbye You Decide 2011, hello You Decide 2012

I have been in the news business for nearly 15 years ( I started when I was 19.) Over the years, I have covered dozens of elections, but each one is always different. Our business is constantly changing. Gone are the days when media would gather at various board of elections offices and wait for someone to hand us the latest results on a sheet of paper. Viewers would also have to wait until the late news to find out election results. Fast forward to last night.. As the E.P. of our 10, web and mobile I am constantly making decisions based on the time, platform (mobile, web, newscast) and information coming into the newsroom.
Managing multiple platforms changes the way you cover big events, especially elections. Instead of just focusing on the newscast, on election night my first priority is mobile. Polls close at 730 and users on the go want results now.
While checking mobile, I am also going over web, making sure we have the latest results and are ahead of the competition.
Don’t get me wrong, the newscast is also very important, but it is just a different way of thinking.
Get your users results faster and on multiple platforms first. I know we have one chance to make an impression that we are the place to be on election night. It is truly amazing to see where we have come over the past several years. The changes in technology push me to think differently on how we produce content. It is a gratifying experience knowing if I can get users on one platform, I can push them to our others.
I know next November will bring a whole new set of challenges, new technology and methods on how we produce our results, but I am ready. In fact, we have already moved on from last night’s elections and are gearing up for 2012! Bring it on.

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Posted by on November 9, 2011 in Uncategorized


In a Huff Over a Hug

In a Huff Over a Hug

What is so wrong with giving a hug? I found out today that my 1st grader got in trouble for being affectionate at school.

Last week, Madison’s elementary school showed a movie in the morning for the entire building.  This gives teachers the chance to finish their grades for report cards.

Apparently while kids were filing into the media room, Maddy hugged a student who had returned to school after being out for nearly two weeks.

The student  is in her class and they sit next to each other daily.  When she saw him walk into the media room, she hugged him.

A teacher witnessed this and immediately made Madison go to the back of the room to watch the movie alone.

I understand everyone has their personal space and that some might find hugging to be offensive, but she was just genuinely happy to have her friend back in school. Anyone who meets Madison can tell immediately she is an affectionate child.

I have tried to teach her that when in school, she needs to be more reserved because touching others is not acceptable. On the other hand, is it so bad to extend a hug to a friend?

Maybe I am to blame. Our family is extremely affectionate. We are always hugging each other.

I don’t want this to change the person Madison is. She is ashamed and feels she did something horribly wrong.

My husband and I explained to her,  it is not wrong to hug friend. There are just different rules at school.

What are your thoughts?  Would you be upset if your child hugged or was hugged at school?





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Posted by on November 8, 2011 in Uncategorized


And so it begins..

This is my first time writing a blog.   I struggled with what to write about, since I am normally not the type of person to share about my life.  I like hearing about other people’s lives, goals and careers instead.

I have decided to write about my daily juggling act of work, being a mom of two, a wife and maintaining a household.

I am the type of person who strives on multitasking. The more I have to do the better. It is a my own personal challenge to know I can tackle anything that comes my way, regardless of how full my plate is.

A lot of times, I get thrown a curve ball, but who doesn’t.  It is how you react to issues that pop-up that matters.

So, here is a little bit about me. I have two little girls, ages 4 and 6.  I have worked at Fox  8 News in Cleveland since 1999.  I am currently the Executive Producer of mobile, web,social media and news.

I love my job.  Though many won’t understand, I consider our website like my third child.  When you help create and invest so much time on a project it is hard not to get attached.  My job is always evolving. It pushes me to be creative and to think out of the box.

Two days a week before work, I volunteer in the morning at my daughter’s school.  Because I work in the afternoon, volunteering helps me stay in touch with her and stay involved with her school work.

I will forever struggle with Mother’s guilt, but who doesn’t.  I know everything I do is for my girls.

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing about my day-to-day schedule, challenges and of course the drama I encounter.

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Posted by on October 31, 2011 in Uncategorized


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