Even longtime residents in my JO304 multimedia storytelling class at Boston University made discoveries about the city as they practiced digital and social media skills during this Twitter Scavenger Hunt early this month.
Came back to Rhode Island in 1986 and stayed at The Providence Journal until June 2015. It’s been a great local news organization, trying its best to serve its community since 1829. And it’s given me the opportunity to do so, too, including being its first online editor and an early adopter of multimedia storytelling.
News in Rhode Island is the gift that keeps on giving. As the smallest state in the union, it’s a microcosm of some of the largest, most intriguing, whackiest stories you could find anywhere, from political corruption to natural and manmade disasters to a breeding ground for foodies, music lovers, sailors, reality TV stars and, did I mention, corrupt politicians.
Over the decades, it’s given me priceless opportunities to practice the craft of journalism, to figure out how to tell stories in ever-evolving ways, uphold values and ethics, and just stay alive amid the crunch of competition and changing habits of news and info consumption.