One of my biggest disappointments this week is that I can’t be in Gettysburg, enjoying the celebrations for the 150th celebration.
(I mean, in a way that’s OK, because I’m sure it’s crowded, but I’d still like to be there in the middle of it).
Anyway, despite being two hours away, it’s possible to still be in the middle of the action all through the help of social media.
People are tweeting up a storm from the battlefields, and here’s some of what they have to say:
Today, the Supreme Court made some decisions, you know, as they are apt to do:
But the big ones, like decisions on gay marriage and affirmative action, weren’t released today.
The next time the court is releasing big decisions is Thursday morning.
The Supreme Court’s website has a live feed to follow along, while Twitter generally does a good job of posting real-time updates.
I’ll be on Twitter posting live then @wisashl
Last night and through this morning it stormed something fierce here in the Valley – and despite the sunshine currently outside our windows, it’s supposed to get rainy again this afternoon.
The entire nation has been under a severe weather alert for the last two days with a “Derecho” taking hold.
The best place to see everyone’s storm photos? Twitter, obviously.
Here’s some of the best from the East Coast, which is currently under the thumb of the storm.
This morning we’ve all been glued to social media and the news waiting for more word coming out about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and the chaos that seemed to erupt overnight.
There’s so much happening at a rapid pace, it seems impossible to catch up.
But here’s a list of some live coverage that seems to provide good background as well as up-to-the-minute updates that will keep you informed. It’s where I’m getting my info, frankly:
- Believe it or not, but TMZ has great coverage as well as a news livestream. TMZ has really gone from gossip to news in recent years, and I think they’ve done a good job.
- The New York Times has a good liveblog set up detailing the latest updates. They also have good links to things like the photo essay of the dead suspect taken at a boxing practice.
- The Boston Globe has a good timeline set up to let you know what happened overnight. Since most of us woke up after much of this took place, it’s very handy.
- Once you get that background info, Slate.com has some very good, nuanced coverage, talking about some of the things mainstream places don’t cover right away.
- As always, Twitter has good info constantly coming in. As always, verification is key, but in situations like this, it’s the best source and bad information is often quickly fact-checked.
Let me know what else you come across, and keep emergency responders in your thoughts.
Yesterday, on the way to and from an accident scene, photographer Rob Inglis and I were caught in the middle of the snowfall that blanketed the area yesterday morning.
The roads in northern Northumberland County were terrible!
Here a shot (Don’t worry – I wasn’t driving!)
Apparently, the roads in Snyder County were just as bad:
What were the roads like where you were? Any photos to share?
Yesterday, I talked with Libby Beiler of the Time Warp team from Montour County, which won their second consecutive Sheep to Shawl competition.
The team works pretty much year-round to design and perfect their technique for the Farm Show, she said.
There’s selecting the sheep, selecting the theme, practicing new techniques, making sure everything’s lined up and sketched out.
Apparently, the Valley rocks at this competition, taking home 4 of the top 6 places.
Read more at dailyitem.com.
Here’s what all that hard work looks like when it comes down to it, courtesy of tweets from the scene:
A little note on some cool social media things happening at the Daily Item:
Make sure to check out the new regional pages on dailyitem.com!
Venturing into the hyperlocal content, we’ve added regional pages, which roughly follow school districts in the area. They’re a cool way to catch up on local and school news in your area.
Here’s the “Our Valley” page, which collects all of the stories:
Also note that the Daily Item’s twitter page is also becoming bigger and better, using the hashtag “#TheDailyItem” to expand conversation on social media.
I’m a huge Twitter fan, tweeting from my personal account every chance I can get. [Note: Let me know your username and I’ll follow you! I’m always looking for new follows!]
That’s what we’re doing here – but what do you want to see? Let me know!