@JoelECarlson: Welcome everyone! Today’s Twitterview with @SaraBoyd of @wcco starts now! Lets get to Tweeting!
Sara: Wahoo! Thanks for having me! (Sorry in advance for clogging people’s feeds) :)
Q – #1 So @SaraBoyd. Where did yo grow up, go to school and what was your 1st job?
Sara: I grew up in the lovely suburb of Shoreview, went to Mounds View (Go Mustangs!) and then headed to UW-Eau Claire.
My first job was a receptionist for Coldwell Banker Burnet where I answered calls and set up showings. Thrilling stuff.
I got a lot of calls where people would say “I’m at a blue house that’s for sale, how much is it?” #awesome
Q – #2 How did you get interested in the web and social media? What kind of schooling have you had?
Sara: I went to college for print journalism and was right at the turning point where online was becoming the new thing.
So I started taking a few CS classes, which got me really excited for the so-called “new wave” of journalism.
I’ve always loved social media, or should I say, I’ve always been sucked in. It’s just such a great way to connect.
Q – #3 It is fun, but can also be a “time trap”. :) After your Coldwell Banker Burnet job, what led you to @wcco?
Sara: So very true. It’s consumed hours of my life I’ll never get back. :)
I worked at CBB in high school, so once I got to UWEC, I got an internship at the Eau Claire paper.
After the Leader-Telegram, I got a scholarship which included an internship @WashingtonPost, which was incredible.
From there, I had 1 more internship at the Green Bay Press-Gazette before accepting a full time job as a reporter there
After missing my family, TC life and um, culture, I finally moved back home after getting the job at ‘CCO.
That was my first job moving from newspapers to the “dark side” of broadcast TV :)
Q – #4 I think you just lost all of your WI followers. :) So what is your role with @wcco, and what does that entail?
Sara: Haha, Green Bay is its own unique animal in WI. :)
At ‘CCO, I’m a Web Producer, which entails writing & editing stories for the web, making TV stories “web-friendly” …
posting to WCCO’s The Wire and helping with social media, etc. Plus, anything else that comes along for the web.
Q – #5 I see. In your opinion, does Social Media and the urge to break a story 1st affect the accuracy of stories?
Sara: It can, if you let it. For us, accuracy always needs to be No. 1. We’d rather wait until we have the full story.
We’d rather be correct first than just first. In our tweets, for example, we always try to wait to link to the story.
You can be first every time but be wrong half of those times, and that’s much more damaging than being second.
Q – #6 Good guidelines to have with stories! Now your FAVORITES: Restaurant, store, comfort food and outdoor activity.
Sara: Ooh, that’s tough! For restaurants, I basically have a favorite for every genre of food.
If I had to pick 1, I’m loving Cafe Lurcat right now. Love shopping at Patina. And always love a good mac & cheese!
For outdoor activity — 1st of all, not until it reaches at least 50 — but I enjoy clichéd long walks in the park.
Q – #7 I see. What goal do you have for yourself for the next few months or years to achieve?
Sara: I’d love to own my own island, or find a cure for cancer. But if not that, then to continue expanding wcco.com’s reach
I’d love to do even more in terms of entertainment coverage and capitalizing on our TC offerings.
@JoelECarlson: Thank you Sara for being a Twitterview guest today. All the best with your work at CCO’!
Sara: Thanks Joel! It was fun!