When I saw Dan Thorn‘s videos on YouTube, I thought this guy likes to have fun. The WVNS-TV news anchor doesn’t sit around looking through his scripts during a commercial break, he cuts loose. He can dance and lip sync at the same time.
Who says news people are always serious. Not Thorn who has a lot of personality.
His co-anchor is more on the serious side, but he even gets her to crack a smile.
He even made CNN for his dancing.
Can you imagine Anderson Cooper, Matt Lauer or even Scott Pelley doing this? Yeah, I didn’t think so. I can’t wait to Thorn’s next video. Stay tuned.
Apollos Hester is not just any high school football player. This Texas teenager has a future as a motivational speaker.
Apollos was pumped up after Friday night’s football game when his team, East View Patriots beat the opposing team 42-41. In a post-game interview he told reporter, Lauren Mickler that his team started slow, but they knew they were going to finish fast.
Apollos didn’t stop there, he spoke from the heart saying “it’s an awesome feeling when you know you’re truly going to be successful.”
Watch the video, and get inspired.
Maybe I’ll send this video clip to a few news managers who could learn a thing or two about motivating their news team.
I predict you’ll be seeing a lot of Apollos Hester in the coming days on talk shows and morning shows. Well that’s if it doesn’t interfere with his football schedule.
Nice job Apollos and thanks for reminding us we can all be a success!
CNN’s Lisa DeJardins lost her job on Capitol Hill. The cable network decided to eliminate her position. Was she bitter? Was she angry?
DeJardins was classy in her goodbye video and even took a few sweet jabs saying “I’m sorry that CNN has decided to eliminate my reporter position on the Hill and cut back on congressional coverage. Of course, I’m also sorry that Congress is such a complete mess right now, but maybe that means that we should watch them more closely.”
It can’t be easy losing such a prestigious job in D.C. DeJardins hasn’t been the only one at CNN to go out the door. She even took a closer look at a pattern in the goodbye emails from her former colleagues.
DeJardins’ video departure is not only classy but funny. Here’s hoping someone else will offer her a job.
As expected, her YouTube video has brought out the CNN critics. The classy correspondent continues to keep it classy even in her responses.
Good luck Lisa!
Hire these rappers! That’s what I would say to every college and university president in the U.S.
Someone posted this video on my Facebook page. It was produced by students at the University of North Texas in Denton. The UNT Rap Anthem- (Official Unofficial) is catchy and clever.
UNT should hire these marketing geniuses. What a great way to recruit new students to the school.
Congrats to the producers: Steve Meehin, Desmond Thomas, & Caleb Ward and the rest of your UNT team.
I told you in my last blog that I was hoping someone would see Marina Shifrin’s “I Quit” video and see her creativity and courage. Well Queen Latifah noticed this young video producer’s talents and invited her on her talk show.
Marina’s video has surpassed 12 million views on YouTube as of October 3rd. Just in case you’re not one of the millions who has seen it—it’s Marina quitting her job on camera as she dances to a Kanye West song.
Today, Marina told Queen Latifah that she has no regrets about the video “No sometimes I think you need to forcefully close one door, in order for the other to open a little bit easier.”
By the end of the segment, Queen Latifah asked Marina “So are you looking for a job?”
Marina “Yeah, do you, are you hiring?”
Latifah “I like to be surrounded by cool,creative and interesting people.”
Queen Latifah created a position for a producer of digital content, and offered it to Marina. She thought Latifah was joking.
It was no joke.
Marina Shifrin is a video producer. A few days ago she turned the camera on herself and decided to send a message to her boss in a video she posted on YouTube. I QUIT!
As I write this blog she is close to 10 million views on YouTube. And from many of the comments on YouTube and on her blog—she hit a nerve. People don’t feel appreciated or inspired at work.
Marina set out to be a journalist six years ago when she graduated from the University of Missouri which has a great journalism program. But after 6 years–she’s done. She talks about it in her blog.
Marina quit her job at an animation company in Taiwan where she was producing news videos. On her own video she posted “For almost two years I’ve sacrificed my relationships, time and energy for this job.”
What do you think? Would you quit in a video?
Marina pointed out in her video “And my boss only cares about the quantity and how many views each video gets.”
Well her former boss was not going to let Marina get all the attention. A few days after she posted her “I Quit” video he posted his own video response.
By the looks of likes, dislikes and comments; most people like what Marina has done, but her former boss isn’t getting much love.
I’ve already heard talk show hosts, journalists, and people on Facebook say Marina’s video is going to hurt her. Come on–we’ve all felt like her at least once in our careers.
I’m going to be more positive.
I think a good news boss out there is going to see this woman for her creativity and courage, and hire her. I hope Marina will find a new job where she can write from her heart and stay in the field of journalism.
Marina, journalism is like a marriage. Sometimes you have to get a divorce to find the right soulmate. Good luck!