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Today is my re-entry into the blogosphere with this “blogfolio” here, and I thought I’d kick it off with an appropriate anecdote for ye modern age of social media…
Back in August, I was out of grad school and out of a job. I had just finished an intense, eye-opening science journalism experience at The Orange County Register through the wonderful AAAS Mass Media Fellowship Program. Under Gary Robbins’ patient, expert tutelage, I felt encouraged to continue on the science writing path. But where?
Fortunately, AAAS is great at facilitating networking. My summer was sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, whose communications officer, Russ Campbell, was invited to meet fellows at our closing ceremony in D.C.
Russ generously offered to meet up should I find my way back to North Carolina, where he’s based. He left his card, which included his blog URL and Twitter handle. Having learned basic tweeting from Gary, I was eager to follow new contacts, so I added Russ.
Through the AAAS network and Russ’ tweets, I was introduced to a who’s who of writers, particularly those in North Carolina. Still, there were a whole lotta tweets each day to process for the uninitiated. But a stroke of luck had me checking Twitter at a particular moment on September 1st, when upon one of Russ’ tweets caught my eye: