Waddington Airshow and the power of Twitter

Seven TV recently asked me to present their special from the RAF Waddington Airshow this year. Now I’ve done this job, for at least the last eight years, and for the first time last year was able to tweet from the event.

This year I was tweeting away and again was able to meet up with some fellow tweeters – @RAFBBMF – now they’d organised a tweet meet at their stand and I was then able to go international and interview @Alvarito who had come all the way from Madrid, Spain. Some of the others chickened out from being interviewed (they know who they are!).

Once again it shows the power of Twitter and I’ve been fortunate in the last two weeks to meet more of the people I’ve engaged with on there. It’s a great way to engage with people and even better when you meet them in the flesh.

Here's me interviewing @Alvarito at RAF Waddington

Lincolnshire Show 2011

HE delivery has finished; exam boards are over and we’re about to start planning for the next academic year. But there’s also time to fit in continuous professional development (CPD) and last week saw me spend two days at the Lincolnshire Show.

Day one I was presenting and reporting for Seven TV. All my interviews had been set up via Twitter. It was the first time I’d used it to such great effect to put the call out for the show. From the request I interviewed Jeremy Stock at Richard Austin Agricultural (@RAA_Labs) about their company and the role they play in farming. I also interviewed Andrew Shirley from CLA Midlands (@CLAMidlands) about the drought conditions and how it affects farming and the consumer. Their PR officer is a former broadcast journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay. He was very passionate about social media.

Day two saw me VJing and getting colour shots of the show – rain put a bit of a dampener on that. So in between dodging the showers I was tweeting from the @eastcoastmedia account about what was happening in the GIFHE tent and taking photos and posting them on there, as well as interviews. I did a podcast with Sean Wagstaff, SFX tutor about his course.

All in all it was an excellent two days and kept me busy and updated!

The I interviewed John Stobart (@UnrealGardens) about his unreal garden products – fake grass, plants – all ideal for the non gardener or those who are preparing for drought!

Social media guru Glenn LeSanto presenting the weather from the Lincolnshire Show

Interviewing John Stobart of Unreal Gardens at Lincolnshire Show 2011

Here's me interviewing John Stobart of Unreal Gardens

CPD – what is it?

As part of my job as a media lecturer I have to ensure I keep up to date with industry professionalism. CPD stands for Continuous Professional Development and I undertake various things to ensure I stay current. It’s something all lecturers need to do in order to keep fresh and in line with what happens in their field of expertise.

Time spent at the Grimsby Telegraph working in the newsroom ensures I keep in touch with what happens within newspapers and the newsroom. I work as a video journalist producing video content for the website and writing the occasional article to accompany it. Last week, as part of reading week, I spent the week there. Check out my YouTube channel to see examples of the videos I have produced. Also for one of my videos I also wrote the article – Mayflower Wood

I have also continued to present programmes for Seven on VirginMedia 879. Check out their website for programmes I have been involved in, namely presenting Lincolnshire Living, but also I recently presented The People’s Jury.

Been involved with Social Media, such as writing this blog and using Twitter (@RoseReiki) also ensures my writing skills and knowledge of what is current and how journalists use SM is kept up to date. I am always looking to undertake various jobs to keep my skills current, including recently beginning a project to record the memories of those who worked at or can remember Waltham Windmill when it was operational.

All of this means I’m in touch with my area of expertise and ensuring I keep abreast of latest changes and movements within journalism.