#DefyTheLie: Jan Day’s Story #domesticviolence

I met an amazing woman this morning, a strong lady with a powerful story of survival…overcoming all odds. Her expression in this image matches her inner desire to achieve her dreams and #DefyTheLie … she not only survived a abusive relationship, she has transformed her life! I totally enjoy our work with Safe Harbor!

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Eight REAL tactics to increase video engagement on Facebook

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I was amazed that when I received an email this morning from PRNews and read the article entitled “5 Ways to Make Your Facebook Videos More Engaging,” I was disappointed the authors (@ebethsorrell & @ianwright0101did not even talk about true engagement, or real tactics to increase engagement.

PRSA has got to get away from taking the same ole topics then plugging and playing the same marketing/pr boiler plates into recommendations for the membership. So let’s talk about engagement and how to really increase engagement with video on Facebook.

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Sometimes getting our hands dirty is enough to lead! #leadership

There are many times that I am amazed after meeting a college student; thinking, they are so smart, motivated, and will do amazing things! I many times contrast this with my college experience, pondering if I had that much focus and determination in college, my path might have been so much different. When I met Davidson College student Marisa Wilson, her path and her willingness to literally get her hands dirty to solve large environmental issues was spectacular. She was The Duke Endowment’s Profile of Service for the Summer and she is studying environmental science, focusing on the science of agriculture and climate change and exploring the intersections of food, biology, agriculture and social policy. We enjoyed our time with her as we captured her time in the garden and on campus at Davidson College. This project was shot with #Canon #5Dmkiii and #c100 leveraging #DJI #RoninMX.

There are many times that I am amazed after meeting a college student; thinking, they are so smart, motivated, and will do amazing things! I many times contrast this with my college experience, pondering if I had that much focus and determination in college, my path might have been so much different.

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I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Mr. Bill Barnet.

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Mr. Bill Barnet. I am sure many of my friends and colleagues know Bill, but our time chatting was more than intriguing...it was insightful. Here is a man who grew up working in the family Textile Mill becoming an amazing servant of Spartanburg. As a member of the Board of Trustees for the Duke Endowment, he has help lead amazing philanthropic initiatives impacting so many people in South Carolina. His interview was one of the most intriguing, insightful, and uplifting conversation as we spoke directly about a man that was the beneficiary of Access Health Spartanburg, funded by The Duke Endowment and supported by Spartanburg Regional. He said that Dwight Rice's story touched him in so many ways, giving credence to an initiative helping so many Carolinians with healthcare. I can't wait to share Dwight's story and Bill's perspective, showcasing amazing healthcare innovation for the uninsured. #Canon #5dmarkiii #BringIt #healthcare

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Mr. Bill Barnet. I am sure many of my friends and colleagues know Bill, but our time chatting was more than intriguing…it was insightful. Here is a man who grew up working in the family Textile Mill becoming an amazing servant of Spartanburg.

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These are the moments that remind us of our humanity! #‎Photojournalism

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These are the moments that remind us of our humanity!

This video below was captured by WAFB-TV’s Robbie Reynold. This is one of thousands of rescues that have been conducted over the last 24-hours. Wonderful patience by the Reporter/Photojournalist Robbie Reynold who not only captured these moments but balanced the need to help with the need to capture this story; bringing these images to us, giving us a complete perspective!

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Aerial View: Demolition and Rebuilding Homes in Greenville

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Blog Post by Mark Berry / Producer & Director for Gray Digital Group

The craft of telling visual stories differs from other disciplines in that it is forever married to the advancement of technology. If a writer possesses the necessary talent and vision, it makes little difference whether he uses Microsoft Word or a Quill pen and powdered ink. Visual storytelling is different. As technology advances, new horizons are opened up. New tools give us new ways of better constructing the narrative we hope to convey. This being the case, we are always on the lookout, keeping a watchful eye on the digital technology market.

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My First Film Images: Eastman Kodak Brownie Target Six 20 Camera

#BoomYah – Just received some 620 #Film ASA 50 from @thedarkroomlab for my #Brownie #Target620

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I finally did it…I refurbished this Eastman Kodak Brownie Target Six 20 camera that has been sitting on my shelf since my 40th birthday. Sarah had one heck of a 40th Birthday Party for me which included purchasing old cameras for each of the tables. This is one the cameras she found, so I thought I would start trying to use it.

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Strategy: Owned Media Before Earned & Paid #OwnedMediaRocks

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Once again I sit through another meeting where a public relations professional’s performance is based on the number of print articles earned in the local newspaper. This has driven me to finally write this post.

Owned media can be a huge influencer for earned and paid. Let’s be honest, earned media is about relationships. Organizations can have the best stories, provide the best value for the community, and have the most topical items to influence media outlet’s bottom line…but without relationships this means nothing. ZILCH! That’s why you see organizations hire PR firms, mainly for their relationships leveraging their sphere of influence.

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Great Digital Approach to Zika Virus by Mayo Clinic #digitalhealth

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This is one of the best updates from a hospital when it comes to the Zika virus. It comes from Mayo Clinic, and here is why it is works extremely well:

  1. It is simple!
  2. Dispels the myths
  3. Provides information in written and video form.
  4. It is sharable.
  5. It provides media outlets video content to download for use in broadcasts and online via the media section where they have to sign-in to download.
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