I recently read a blog post that detailed a rather upsetting interaction between a fan and the panel of judges from Top Chef. SymiGoddess fell in to a full-blown foodie swoon upon seeing the beloved bad-ass experts at a local bar, and as a Top Chef fanatic I could totally relate to her excited impulse to share her luck via Twitter. Symi sent out tweets saying, “I just met @PadmaLakshmi I’m in love,” and “Tonight just got surreal @ the esquire. Top Chef in the house!!!” Everything was going swimmingly until her evening was interrupted by staff from Bravo telling her that she had compromised the location of the celebrities and needed to stop tweeting. “Now.”
If you look at my college degree it says that I am a print and multimedia journalist, but unlike a traditional reporter I don’t subscribe to the Boston Globe, the New York Times or even the Washington Post. You may ask what type of journalist I am if I don’t pick up a paper each morning but I’ll tell you: I’m a journalist in the digital age. I turn to the web for my news as I watch things break on Twitter, go viral on Facebook and update on all of the major newspapers’ websites.
With this week’s official announcement that Meredith Vieira will be leaving NBC’s Today Show, the news got me thinking about our attachment to TV news personalities and the role they play in our daily lives.
When Meredith emotionally announced her decision to leave Today, we shared her emotion wholeheartedly. The sadness she demonstrated felt genuine and raw, and no doubt her fans – myself included – felt sadness of our own in this moment. Sadness which turned to nervousness as we immediately thought “Who will replace her?”
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