Teaching digital journalism: I pose as Mayor Boyer of Shiloh for a lesson in live tweeting press conferences

Co-journalist-in-crime Brittany Wilson and I pose for a picture in front of a ScribbleLive of @TheNewsVroom tweets we used to illustrate live blogging during the fake presser.

Co-journalist-in-crime Brittany Wilson and I pose for a picture with the class in front of a ScribbleLive of @TheNewsVroom tweets we used to illustrate live blogging during the fake presser.

Things got a little wild Thursday (as they often do when the York Daily Record allows me to be involved in anything).

The plan: Drive the NewsVroom to Central York High School and teach two journalism classes about the joys of journalizing and using social media.

This included a fake press conference with a fake press release featuring yours truly, the ‘Mayor of Shiloh,’ denying allegations that she embezzled city funds to build a half-size replica of Hershey Park in her backyard.

You can read that jawn here.

We thought we were safe. Shiloh isn’t an actual place. It’s an area located in West Manchester Township.

We brought several iPads and allowed the kids to live tweet as @thenewsvroom, a Twitter account that’s meant to be used to educate the community.

That’s where bedlam ensued.

My editor, Cathy Hirko, was supposed to pose as this made-up ‘mayor,’ but she couldn’t make it due to actual things going on at the office.

I hadn’t really prepared my nonsense speech, but I decided to don my best “I didn’t do it” face and bring some crazy to the classroom.

The students, staff of The Prowler, asked some good questions … things I just didn’t have answers to, in typical politican fashion.

How did you fit this thing in your backyard? I answered intelligently.

Why are you being accused of this travesty? The answer was obvious to me.

Then, I got a little arrogant — like most politicians do — spouting off nonsense about my rich husband and general fabulousity.

So, all in all, I hope everyone had a good time. And if you saw any of these tweets, they are fake. Very fake.

I would never have the honors of being mayor of anything.

Except, maybe, the YDR Bathroom. On Foursquare. Nevermind.

Bad park job I did with the Vroom. Oops.

Bad park job I did with the Vroom. Oops.

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One response to “Teaching digital journalism: I pose as Mayor Boyer of Shiloh for a lesson in live tweeting press conferences

  1. Pingback: A ‘Thank You’ from the students at Central York High School | BY LAUREN BOYER

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