I was very excited journalist/blogger Betty Ming Liu was able to Skype visit my graduate Creative Nonfiction Workshop this week at UNCW!
Betty is a career journalist who now teaches classes at NYU and the New School in New York City. She wrote a nationally syndicated column for the New York Daily News for years and later worked as a digital journalist for Newsday.
I first came to know Betty online through her amazing blog (http://bettymingliu.com/).
Betty was so very generous in sharing her knowledge and experience with the class! The discussion ranged from what she feels are the most underreported stories in the media today to how to use social media for building an online platform and bringing attention to stories and issues we feel are important. She also shared tips on how to pitch stories to editors, how to write a “nut graf,” how to balance the demands of different social media platforms, and how to toe the line between sharing and over-sharing on a blog.
She also shared her experiences with us of working as a journalist and all the changes she’s seen from the days she was a columnist covering “diversity” in New York City back in the 1990s to the super-fast-paced world of digital journalism today, and the importance of knowing your beat.
We were all very thrilled to have this opportunity to learn from Betty! (And I’m very grateful for a tool like Skype, which allows us to meet with really cool writers who live too far away to visit our class physically. Technology can really be such a useful tool for teachers!)