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Posts Tagged ‘Mekahlo Medina’

LGBT Journo Panel Will Address Being ‘Out in the Newsroom’

Our friend Phillip Zonkel has let us know about a Saturday March 2 event that he will be taking part in. Zonkel, along with CNN’s Miguel Marquez, LA Times reporter Bettina Boxall, NBC LA’s Mekahlo Medina and LAT assistant travel editor Jane Engle will talk about what it’s like to be an openly gay reporter.

“Out in the Newsroom: A Look at LGBT Coverage and Careers in Journalism” is being sponsored by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) and Los Angeles Press Club. It will take place at the latter organization’s 4773 Hollywood Blvd. HQ from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is to be moderated by Variety political editor Ted Johnson. The suggested donation is $5.

By the way, Zonkel is nominated this year at the GLAAD Media Awards for his Long Beach Press-Telegram two-part investigation of bullying of LGBT high school youth and the willful disregard by certain school districts of state measures designed to mitigate this very ugly phenomenon.

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Facebook Posts by Jenni Rivera’s LA Entourage Take On Tragic New Meaning

The final Facebook posts and tweets of those involved in a shocking accident like the one that claimed the life of Mexican-American singing star Jenni Rivera this weekend remain a strange, eerie and heartbreaking staple of subsequent news coverage. There is no hint in these captured moments of what is about to tragically befall the account holder; the statuses present simple, joyful everyday moments now frozen in digital time.

This morning on Today in LA, NBCA LA tech and social media reporter Mekahlo Medina showcased some final Facebook photos shared over the weekend by Rivera’s make-up artist Jacob Yebale and publicist Arturo Rivera. Both were from LA.

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NBCLA Hosts Social Media Party

Last night at NBC Southern California headquarters in Burbank, several dozen invited bloggers gathered for an evening of food, drink and conference room presentations about the station’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram efforts tied to the London Summer Olympics.

Website editorial director Sara Catania, managing editor Jonathan Lloyd, social media lead Olsen Ebright and social media/tech on-air reporter Mekahlo Medina (pictured, above) took turns explaining how the “first social media Olympics” have been leveraged, cross-promoted and harnessed. One of the shiniest beacons of this systematic, station-wide effort is the fact that the follower count @NBCLA has zoomed in the past few weeks from around 27,000 just past the 40,000 mark.

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NBC4 Adds a Noon Newscast

NBC4 is expanding its news roster. Beginning today, the station is adding a 30-minute noon newscast to its weekday lineup. The show will be called “NBC4 News at Noon” and will be anchored by Lucy Noland, who also handles the 6 p.m. duties. Social media reporter Mekahlo Medina will also be featured on the newscast, interacting online with viewers of the show.

Fox’s KTTV is the only other station in LA with a noon newscast.

Press release after the jump:

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