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KTLA Reporter Vies for ‘Best Journalist on Twitter’ Award

As far as FishbowlLA is concerned, the Academy to watch this week is not the one on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Rather, it’s the virtual amalgamation known as the Real-Time Academy of Short-Form Arts and Sciences.

That’s the group in charge of selecting Shorty Award winners for the third annual ceremony in March. West coast Real-Time Academy members include Craig Newmarket, Alyssa Milano and MC Hammer. With one day left to go in the first phase of 2011 public voting, KTLA weekend anchor Cher Calvin (@chercalvin, pictured) is trying to muster a final push. She’s currently in the #12 position for “Best Journalist on Twitter,” ahead of Rachel Maddow (#13) and Keith Olbermann (#16), but needs to place in the top six to become a social media wizard category finalist.

The folks at Shorty conducted a (very) short interview with Calvin. In response to the question “What’s your best tweet?,” Calvin answered:

Seems like everyone loved this tweet: “I know its past 1.11.11 BUT the logic of 111 today? 1.11.11. Take ur birth year (last 2 digits) + the age u turn this year = 111. does it?

Calvin also explained how she used Twitter to connect, for story purposes, with a passenger on the ill-fated Carnival Splendor cruise ship. You can view all the nominees in the Shorty “Twitter Journalist” category here.

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