ETSU & cutting someone some slack

I think I’ve said it here before, but I love sitting at my desk and going through wire copy. It’s not that I didn’t keep up with the news. I always have, but it was delayed, whether by a few hours or days.2015-03-18 ETSU streaming
Wednesday afternoon, ETSU (EAST Tennessee State University, and I’ll explain the caps in the next paragraph) officially announced the location of its soon-to-be-built football stadium. We streamed it live on the internet.

March 7, 2015: at the Tennessee Welcome Center on I-81
March 7, 2015: at the Tennessee Welcome Center on I-81

That’s a pretty big coup for WCYB.
(In fact, we did it again on Friday, when Dolly Parton announced what’ll be new for the 30th season of Dollywood.)
I’ve written about ETSU before in several stories. I usually start with the full name & then abbreviate. I even go to the Web site and link to it, to offer WCYB.com readers a little something extra (and to offer the news source a little free publicity). Unfortunately, instead of writing East I wrote Eastern.
Okay, I was wrong. Nobody said anything for awhile. Probably didn’t even notice (or know). Then, some big, crazy fan (who also tries to make money2015-03-18 EtsuFans on twitter off other fans, if you read his profile), noticed and complained. Note to big, crazy fan: I’ll do better by you next time, but get off my ass. (Luckily, I’m anonymous to the public, at least at this point). I wasn’t born yesterday. I’ve done worse.
Okay, I learned. I’m grateful nobody else thought it was so horrible. Not even co-workers. I hadn’t even heard of the university before I moved to the Tri-Cities. (Have any of you?)2015-03-18 Shoares correct minor 2015-03-18 PJ correct Of course, I changed Eastern to East right away. The only other time Eastern appeared was in a keyword (that is private & unpublished) in the program that puts stories on WCYB.com.2015-03-18 correction made I fixed that one, too.
The boss and sports guy-turned-anchor felt the need to apologize. I understand. They’re happy with me, but want to be on the record with readers on social media. It won’t happen again. (They even blamed it on the new guy from Miami!)
Unfortunately, a few hours later, that very same night, I hadn’t learned my lesson. I was reading an email from Twitter about someobama tweet popular tweets in my network. (I haven’t stayed up-to-date with Facebook, Twitter, and several other things since I started working again.)
One of the stories was a tweet from President Obama. He used an apostrophe in “its” (the possessive, not the contraction for “it is”) when he shouldn’t have. I immediately grabbed a screen shot and mentioned it in my own tweet. I didn’t cut him any slack, like I would’ve appreciated from that ETSU fanatic.
Sorry, Mr. President. (On this, at least.)
update logoI have an update to this blog, a few hours after I posted it. I was trying to change my address for the Florida Retirement System, especially with the end of the quarter coming up. Couldn’t do it online and remember reading the employer has to do it. So I emailed Miami-Dade County Public Schools (which brags that it’s the 4th largest district in the country), even though I haven’t worked for them in years. That’s when I suddenly got this garbage vacation message:
"WILL BE CLOSE FOR THE SPRING BREAK RECESS" ??
“WILL BE CLOSE FOR THE SPRING BREAK RECESS” ??

Yes, I tweeted it out for a response! Will be close instead of will be closed? (Click on the picture to make it bigger.) What’s wrong with that person? The writer may not be a teacher, but he or she represents the school system at a time when school systems are under attack. (See my blogs here and here for details.) Fox News even has a segment called “Trouble With Schools” as if nothing good goes on.
Yes, I know what I wrote earlier today, but this nonsense from this particular source is ongoing. But it could’ve been worse. At least I didn’t have to read about Jesus or biblical quotes under emailed work messages from school system employees, like I did for seven years. Somebody should police that.
I’ll certainly let you know when I hear back from M-DCPS, and I’m pretty sure I will. They’re all over Twitter wearing rose-colored glasses at @mdcps.
update logoIt’s the next night and I have an update. I’m shocked M-DCPS hasn’t responded yet. Maybe they’re all on spring break. (And they couldn’t save that for two weeks until Passover to save all the Jewish kids from having to bring matzah to school.) I’m especially shocked because my friend Stacy found something else wrong with that awful vacation-reply email!
they got their return date wrong!
they got their return date wrong!

About the author

The journalism “business” has changed — from standards to platforms to layoffs — along with the American public, and I’ve managed to survive somewhat on my own terms.

I started in 1994, becoming an award-winning and respected TV newscast producer.

Even better was creatively producing websites and social media, and serving as a station's digital media manager — writing news, creating graphics and getting evidence of growing my audience here in the nation's fourth largest market, Philadelphia.

I also taught first grade for eight years. My principal saw my class website and made me electronic gradebook manager to assist co-workers when we stopped using paper gradebooks.

In 2018, I took courses and earned the Google IT Support Professional Certificate.

In 2019, I was a freelance newspaper reporter, but enjoyed copy editing and reviving the publication’s social media even more.

That got me striking out on my own with a local news website to join the blog I created, designed and write.

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I did drive Uber to make ends meet until I started as a customer service representative at one of the world’s largest web-hosting companies, with more than 8 million customer contracts and hosting more than 12 million domains.

With classroom and newsroom experience, I know how to prioritize, analyze and take the best course of action. Getting results means attention to detail, following through and following up.

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