Digital journalist hooked on community engagement

Holly Edgell's Biography

Proud to say I've been a journalist since 1990--starting at my college newspaper, moving into TV news as a producer, then into teaching journalism before heading back to the newsroom. In 2010, I joined the digital realm as a regional editor for Patch, and now I'm Community Editor at WCPO in Cincinnati. My job combines hyper local journalism and social media engagement--both within the context of a hybrid ...

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Nuns on the Bus take message about Ryan budget on the road in Missouri | National Catholic Report...

Nuns on the Bus take message about Ryan budget on the road in Missouri | National Catholic Report...

The Butlers did it: Illinois retirees revealed as winners of $218M share of Mega Millions jackpot

The Butlers did it: Illinois retirees revealed as winners of $218M share of Mega Millions jackpot

What was your first job as a journalist?

College newspaper. We actually got paid! Michigan State University.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes! Learned the ropes in a required college course.

How is social media changing news?

We have unprecedented ways of connecting with the audience, for engagement, story ideas, finding sources. You name it.

A Memorial Day tradition lives at Floral Hills Cemetary in Raytown — RAYTOWN, Mo. - Cars stream in and out of Floral Hills Cemetery throughout Memorial Day weekend. Greeted by Boy Scouts from Troop 88 in Raytown, families and friends walk among the graves. They stop to reflect and leave fresh flowers and wreathes.

When justice stops at the border — Join us on Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m. Eastern time when our guest on Studio SPJ will be Brad Heath, a reporter with USA Today and the winner of the 2015 Al Nakkula award for police reporting.

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Challenging themselves to get fit: Olathe residents connect online to work out in real life — OLATHE, Kan. - How do you spread the word about a fitness movement? If you are Bryan and Stephanie Vignery you harness social media to build momentum and then get your friends and neighbors to work up a real sweat. "We come together, building a community of people--empowering all of us to better our health," Bryan Vignery said.

More reasons to watch the 41 Action Weather on The Now KC: Polars bears at the Kansas City Zoo — KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Not only do we bring you the most accurate forecast in town, now we have polar bears. Thanks to a partnership with the Kansas City Zoo, Nikita and Berlin will make appearances during 41 Action Weather forecasts on The Now KC at 4 p.m. 5 questions for 1.

7 statistics about online threats to child safety that every parent should know — KANSAS CITY, Mo. - 41 Action News is partnering with local organizations to draw attention to and educate parents about their childrens' online activities. Here are 7 statistics to give parents a sense of the problem's scope: 1.

We're back! Second session of #KCSafeOnline for parents scheduled for May — KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Apps, texting and social media represent new ways for your kids to connect. They can also be a dangerous minefield that is not easy to navigate. On April 15, Christa Dubill of 41 Action News and our partners hosted a free forum at Johnson Community College to help parents better understand the status quo and protect their kids.

RIP Anne Tkach: I hardly knew you, but now I know you were amazing — Here's how I knew Anne Tkach: As Adam Hesed's girlfriend, who came with him to family gatherings throughout the year: Thanksgiving, birthdays, Christmas. She was warm and kind, but we never really had a deep conversation; now I wish we had. It's a little complicated: Adam Hesed is a member of my sister-in-law Emily Edgell's...

#KCSafeOnline forum arms Kansas City parents to protect their kids from online dangers — OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Sometimes the best things about our digital world manifest in real life--or IRL, in cyber speak. On April 15, Hudson Auditorium at Johnson County Community College was the setting for a free forum about online safety.

Where in Kansas City to take a first date? National data shows people pick not-so-romantic spots — KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The thrill is gone people. Or is it? As reported by the Huffington Post, "the dating app Clover analyzed data from 200,000 of its users to determine the most popular first date destinations. Starbucks took the top spot, while Chipotle, Panera Bread and The Cheesecake Factory all made the top five."
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"Iranian state turns matchmaker" No algorithms, web site staffers do the matching…

May 26, 2015

RT @SeinfeldToday: When the WiFi George usually steals suddenly has a password, he becomes addicted to trying to “hack” in. J:“Just get your own!” G:“NEVER!"

May 26, 2015

"Maligned Study on Gay Unions Is Shaking Trust" Dr. Green seems averse to asking questions. Odd for a researcher…

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