Friday, May 10, 2013

Bits & Pieces: Got Social Media?

Are you a social media guru? Do you use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or really, all things social media?

If so, then we have a treat for you.

Starting this weekend, you’ll be able to be a community journalist of sorts – by hashtagging your favorite graduate photo, tweet and more with #grovegrad13.

It’s that simple.

Using technology (and some behind the scenes geek stuff), we’ll provide a special page on our website, specifically for graduation coverage.

Any public post, tweet or photo that includes #grovegrad13 in the text, will find its way to this special page.

So in a way, we’re asking our readers to pick up their smart phones or tablets, and help us tell the story of Grove’s graduation.

Everything with the hashtag will post to the website. A few of our favorites may find its way into the next few print editions as we strive to cover the events at graduation.

Make sense? We hope so.

Just remember this important hashtag: #grovegrad13.

This will be (hopefully) the first of many social media projects we’re cooking up here at The Grove Sun. Pst… watch this space next week.

So speaking of Facebook….

A lot of you have been commenting on our #QofD: (Question of the Day if you aren’t hashtag savvy.)

We’ve had a few “hopping” posts this week, and plan to use some of your comments in a story today. Your interest – and questions – in a second story has caused us to take a deeper look at the new requirements coming to people who use food stamps. Our goal is to have that story for Tuesday’s issue.

Again, this is simply one way, we at The Grove Sun, want to be your community news source.

A few personal notes

A few of you have taken me up on my “challenge” to not only introduce yourselves to me, but also give me a few story ideas.

Thanks. Your ideas are helping me “dive into” the community, helping me get to know it from a local perspective – so keep up the good work.

I also want to give props to the Grove School District (and the Grove Police Department) for way they sent off the Special Olympics.

I can honestly say I had chills while snapping pics of the bus and waving students. It was one of those moments only small towns can pull off. Truly priceless.

A personal confession
You know it’s one of those days, when you are covering your first City Council meeting and your pen dies – and you don’t have another one in your camera bag – so you bum a pen off the woman sitting next to you.

Yep. It was the mayor’s wife — definitely another small town moment. Thanks Lori for bailing the newbie editor out. I’ll give it back to you the next time I see you.

One last note

Grove post office workers are hoping to “stamp out” hunger this Saturday, as they take part in the local national “Help Stamp Out Hunger” campaign.

On Saturday, simply leave your non-perishable food items by your mailbox – or if you are like me, and have a p.o. box, take your food to main office.

Andreya Wilson, with the local post office, told me all food items collected will stay locally and help the Christian Help Center in Grove.

So there you have it. This week’s bits and pieces.

Kaylea M. Hutson is the managing editor of The Grove Sun. She can be reached at or 918-786-2228. This column originally appeared in the May 10, 2013 issue of The Grove Sun

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