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New York, NY
Digital Reporter — Newsday
As seen in:  Newsday, amNewYork
Covers:  personal branding, long island breaking news, social media basics, digital career tools
Doesn't Cover: business, executives, corporate finance, personal finance

@Newsday web reporter; tweet on socmedia, personalbranding, journalism, oddities. Was volunteer coach at @sree's #cjsm, #smwknd.

How is social media changing news?

News is news, but now through social media channels more people are reporting it, some of whom verify, others not.

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

The very vintage Walter Burns and Hildy Johnson in “His Girl Friday” (1940)

What does it mean to be a journalist?

Scanning for what’s new, finding/connecting with people in-the-know, presenting both sides, fact-checking, verifying, correcting when wrong.

934 will be Suffolk County's new area code, state says — Suffolk County's new area code is 934, the state Public Service Commission said Friday. The announcement comes a day and a week after the commission approved the county's second area code to be activated before the third quarter of 2016. To provide area code relief as required by federal law, the commission examined "overlay" and "geographic split" options.

Long Island's second official human West Nile virus case confirmed, officials say — Long Island's second official case of West Nile virus in a human was reported Friday by Suffolk County health officials -- that of a man over 55 in the Town of Islip who was hospitalized in August and who has since recovered.

State: Suffolk County to get second area code — It's official. Suffolk County is getting a second area code. The state Public Service Commission on Thursday approved the establishment of a second code to "provide additional much-needed phone numbers for new residents and businesses," according to a news release from the commission.

Nor'easter brings heavy rain, flood worry and winds to Long Island — The brunt of a nor'easter -- packing rain, but not snow for Long Island -- was expected to complicate Tuesday mornings's commute and last right through the evening drive home time, forecasters said.

Former Plainview-Old Bethpage Superintendent Robert F. Savitt, dies at 93 — Longtime Long Island schools superintendent, Robert F. Savitt was a man who relished the moment. His life's mantra was "the best of times is now," the title of a Broadway musical song that family sang to him and his wife at their 70th wedding anniversary, his family said.

No extreme weather in short-term forecast — Get ready for a little bit of a roller-coaster ride, weather wise, for the next few days. But the good news is that for Long Island, there's nothing extreme on the horizon, forecasters say. On Saturday, "expect one more cold day with readings in the 30s . . .

$4 million Mega Millions ticket sold at Selden King Kullen — While the $326 million Mega Millions jackpot winner bought the ticket at a Middletown gas station upstate, there also was a Mega winner on Long Island. A $4 million Mega Millions ticket in the Tuesday drawing was sold at a King Kullen on Route 25 in Selden, the New York Lottery said Thursday.

Two years after Sandy, workshop focuses on 'Hazardous Weather Communication' — As a post-tropical cyclone -- not an official hurricane -- when it reached Long Island, superstorm Sandy proved to be quite the challenge for those in the weather communication field. So much so that the National Hurricane Center's warning system was adjusted last year, allowing hurricane or tropical storm warnings to continue even if a threatening system like Sandy becomes post-tropical.

Fatal accident closes westbound Southern State Parkway in North Valley Stream, police say — Nassau Long Island New York State Police are investigating a single-vehicle fatal accident Monday afternoon that closed Southern State Parkway's westbound lanes west of exit 13, a police spokesman said. The accident, closing lanes in North Valley Stream from exit 13 to the entrance to the Cross Island Parkway, was reported at 1:56 p.m.

Riverhead group plans aerial survey of North Atlantic right whale later Friday — With a rare North Atlantic right whale sighted Thursday cruising in Greenport Harbor, professional whale watchers are hankering for a better look. With hopes of getting "as much information as possible with the least amount of disturbance around the animal," the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation is planning an aerial survey Friday afternoon to get photos of the creature if it's still in the area, said Rob DiGiovanni, executive director and senior biologist.
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Dec 14, 2014

And the prices are definitely right. - 7 essential MOOCs for budding social entrepreneurs #socialgood

Dec 14, 2014

@Elizain140 Loved hearing about your studies. You may know of this group, but I share it just in case: @SIOPtweets

Dec 14, 2014

+1 MT @Elizain140: Great catching up tonight w/ #socialmedia buddies incl. @kmsieminski @travelogged @wordwhacker. So much talent in 1 room!

Dec 12, 2014

Lock/unlock, track location, even charges devices. - The next “smart” device could be your carry-on suitcase

Dec 11, 2014

MT @Newsday: A horse, one of 3 that escaped a ranch, was hit and killed by a tractor-trailer truck by @NEWSDAYatNITE

Dec 11, 2014

Mini art gallery vs. "mob mentality" - Instagram's nice factor is key to its victory over Twitter

Dec 11, 2014

The pilots of Instagram: beautiful views from the cockpit, violating rules of the air

Dec 10, 2014

Iowa may be first state to put driver's licenses on smartphones

Dec 09, 2014

"Coder-in-chief" - President Obama writes his first line of Javascript

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