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Brian Anthony Hernandez

My first attempt at Storify, a new storytelling tool incorporating social media

On Tuesday, I tested Storify by writing a quick article about the public’s reactions to Facebook’s new messaging system.

Storify’s description of its tool: “You search multiple social networks from one place, and then drag individual elements into your story. You can re-order the elements and also add text to give context to your readers.”

Click here or on the image to the left to read my article.

Originally, I was going to embed the article on the online publication I work for called BusinessNewsDaily.com; however, my editors and I decided to hold off until further testing and discussion.

What do you think of this storytelling method? Send comments to Hernandez.BrianAnthony@gmail.com

Media outlets across the nation have given Storify a shot. My former colleagues at The Arizona Republic are using the tool, too. Here’s an example from them: “Top Celebrity News from Suzanne Condie Lambert.”

November 18, 2010 Posted by | Journalism, Online, Writing | 1 Comment

Why cover events using Twitter? It works. Here’s some advice

Today for work, I’ll be posting quotations, trends and pictures on Twitter during the Social Media Strategies Conference where “leading digital, client and agency experts” will discuss the power of social media.

You can read my updates on my account or by following this hashtag on Twitter: #amsms10.

Among the high-profile speakers are musician Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, Huffington Post president Greg Coleman, Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Pretty cool, eh?

Last month, I live tweeted during The New York Times Small Business Summit and received positive feedback from attendees and co-workers. During the event, almost 100 new people started following my Twitter account and several of the high-profile speakers retweeted and responded to my tweets. The MC also read one of my tweets aloud to the more than 500 attendees.

While there, I met Brooke Howell, an editor at news aggregation website SmartBrief. She often live tweets during events. I asked her a few questions to help you and me learn about live tweeting. Her answers:

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October 13, 2010 Posted by | Online, Work, Writing | Leave a comment

I’m on the radio ► San Francisco station interviews me about my story

Michael Finney, host of Consumer Talk on KGO Newstalk 810 in San Francisco, interviewed me on Saturday night about this story I wrote earlier this month: “Money can’t buy love, but it may buy friends.”

Listen to our live 5-minute discussion here or click on the image on the left. My segment begins at 42:38 and ends at 47:40.

I unexpectedly said “you know” several times. The phrase must be a verbal tic because I don’t use that phrase in my everyday conversations. Despite those tics, Finney said at the end of the segment that I’m welcome back on the show anytime.

October 12, 2010 Posted by | Journalism, New York, Work, Writing | Leave a comment

My article was the main story on a global news publication’s business page

This is a screen shot of Christian Science Monitor's business page on Thursday. That's my story on the left.

The Christian Science Monitor, an international news publication that reaches millions of readers each month, ran one of my articles as its main story on its business page on Thursday: “Best country for entrepreneurs? Hint: Not the US.” This is my first syndicated story as a business reporter in NYC.

My articles typically appear on BusinessNewDaily.com, but major online publications can publish them, too, using a process called syndication. A digest in Europe and several blogs also used my story.

It’s important for my stories to get syndicated in order for the content to reach more readers and to attract more people to my company’s website, which has a narrower audience because we focus on stories about small businesses and startups. Click here to see our staff biographies and our publication’s mission, which were posted this week.

September 17, 2010 Posted by | Journalism, Online, Writing | Leave a comment

Brushes with fame

Star magnet. That’s what I nicknamed my friend Tyler Keyser this week after he revealed his best celebrity sightings: Paris Hilton in a hotel lobby and Tiger Woods on a golf course. Cool, eh? I think so.

Ted Allen is one of many celebrities I've met. In 2006, I bought him a cup of coffee at Racoon River in Iowa.

Most recently, Keyser ran into Donald Trump during “The Apprentice” auditions at Trump Tower in New York City. Keyser remembers extending his right hand toward the billionaire, only to be greeted with Trump’s awkward handshake formation. Trump used his thumb, index finger and middle finger. Keyser later learned about Trump’s displeasure with handshaking and germs.

Listening to his brushes with fame made me think, “Who have I encountered?”

The memories re-emerged quickly. I’ve eaten hors d’oeuvres with New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., interviewed former first lady Barbara Bush, bought a drink for Esquire contributing editor and Bravo’s “Queer Eye” food and wine connoisseur Ted Allen (see picture), listened in class to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Samantha Power, danced at a party featuring DJ Funkmaster Flex and sweat in the desert with NBA basketball player Amare Stoudemire outside of a courthouse.

Journalism has allowed me to interact with these journalists, celebrities and politicians, but I’m most impressed with the variety of other people I’ve met such as murderers on the verge of receiving the death penalty, victims’ relatives, governors, centurions, child progenies, felons …

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August 5, 2010 Posted by | Personal, Uncategorized, Work, Writing | 2 Comments

Update on my life: New York Times and more

Hey, gang:

As promised to many of you, here’s an update on my life. I’m moving to Phoenix because I got a gig at The Arizona Republic, the 10th most circulated newspaper in the nation. Starting June 8, I’ll be reporting and editing my ass off in the sweltering heat. I can’t wait.

You have all been instrumental in my social life, but I’ve really dropped the ball on keeping you up to date with my career aspirations and what I’ve done to attain my goals.

To remedy that, here’s a breakdown of my adventures in journalism, the experiences that led me to my new gig. Since 2004, it’s been a wild ride working for The New York Times Company, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Des Moines Register, Lincoln Journal Star, Daily Nebraskan and Scottsbluff Star-Herald and hanging out at the Jschool and journalism conferences across the country.

To keep this semi-short, we’ll just look back at what’s happened since January 2008. I dipped my feet in many areas of journalism since then such as working on multiple New York Times projects, interning as a reporter for The Cleveland Plain Dealer and serving as editor at The Daily Nebraskan, the independent student newspaper at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Below are the highlights of those rewarding experiences:

New York Times projects, spring and fall 2008

1) Nineteen other college newspaper editors and I blogged live for The Times’ political blog “The Caucus” during two presidential debates, one vice-presidential debate and on Election Night. This was a golden opportunity for me to sink my teeth into a national, large-scale form of new media. On Election Night, for example, I wrote four postings about Nebraska’s affirmative action ban results, senatorial candidate Scott Kleeb’s campaign blunder and my voting experience.

2) Last year, The Times’ Chicago bureau placed me on its list of Midwest stringers to help report on issues and events in eastern Nebraska.

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May 27, 2009 Posted by | Arizona, Arizona Republic, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Daily Nebraskan, Journalism, New York Times, Online, Personal, Phoenix, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Work, Writing | Leave a comment