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  • Wednesday, July 13
  • 5-8 p.m.
  • Old Car Heaven, 115 35th St. S., Avondale
  • Cash bar
  • Free!
  • RSVP: alsocme.com
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Birmingham mayor William Bell will address the state of technology in the city at the Alabama Social Media Association’s first ever Tech Tweetup. The July 13 event, which is free and open to the public, will also feature networking and a light dinner.

“ALsocme is proud to partner with the City of Birmingham, among others,” says Kristen R. Heptinstall, ALscome executive director. “And we’re thrilled Mayor Bell will be sharing the latest developments on Birmingham’s advances as a digital leader.”

The Tech Tweetup will be held July 13 at Old Car Heaven, 115 35th St. S., Avondale. Networking will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., with the mayor’s address from 6 to 6:30, followed by more networking until 8 p.m.

It is sponsored by My Green Birmingham (mygreenbirmingham.com), the city’s only green living site. A light dinner will be provided by catering sponsor Ted’s Restaurant (tedsbirmingham.com), a family-owned Greek meat-and-three restaurant and caterer on Southside. Cash bar will be available.

The Tweetup will also feature representatives from ALsocme’s 17 partner organizations.

Tickets are free, but attendees must register by visiting alsocme.com.

The Alabama Social Media Association (ALsocme), is an independent, grassroots nonprofit group, open to anyone who wishes to share ideas or advance their knowledge of social media and how it is used by businesses, organizations, and consumers. Its mission is education: empowering people with social media tools and knowledge to help them meet professional and personal goals.

For more information, visit alsocme.com or email alsocme@gmail.com.

ALsocme executive director Kristen R. Heptinstall is available for interviews to discuss Birmingham’s role as a leader in technology. To arrange an interview or to set up event coverage, please contact Erin Street at e.shawstreet@gmail.com or (205) 249-0750.

See Jane Write Presents: See Jane Tweet!

  • Date: Thursday, April 28th
  • Time: 6 PM to 8 PM
  • Location: Matthew’s Bar & Grill, 2208 Morris Ave. (directions)
  • Cost: Free
  • RSVP Required by April 26th to javacia@georgiamae.com

On Thursday, April 28,  See Jane Write will present its second event: See Jane Tweet!

See Jane Tweet is a seminar designed to help women writers discover ways to use Twitter and other social media tools  to promote their work, connect with other writers, and get published. Event speakers Erin Shaw Street and Kristen Record Heptinstall will also teach participants more about digital branding.

Erin Shaw Street (@erinshawstreet) is Associate Editor at Southern Living Magazine and board member of the Alabama Social Media Association (ALSOCME). She also has a thing for gold shoes. You can find her writing at www.erinstreet.com.

Kristen Record Heptinstall (@kristenheptin) is Senior Producer for Social Media and Community at al.com, executive director of the Alabama Social Media Association (ALSOCME), and a Walt Disney World fanatic. She blogs at southernwebgirl.blogspot.com.

See Jane Tweet will be held Thursday, April 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Matthew’s Bar & Grill. This event is free but you must RSVP by Tuesday, April 26 to attend. To be added to the participant list simply email See Jane Write organizer Javacia Harris Bowser atjavacia@georgiamae.com.

See Jane Write is a networking group for female bloggers, journalists, and creative writers in the Birmingham area. Birmingham native Javacia Harris Bowser started See Jane Write in hopes of creating an organization that would enrich, support and promote female literary artists in the Magic City through workshops, seminars, and social events.

See Jane Write presents See Jane Tweet
at Matthew’s Bar & Grill, 2208 Morris Ave.
Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m.

6-6:30 p.m. — Networking (Time to grab some grub from the bar and mingle with other local female writers)
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. — Presentation (Erin and Kristen talk Twitter, digital branding and much more)
7:30 – 8 p.m. — Q&A session

Multimedia training on Saturday at UAB

What: Parachute Training Initiative,  intensive hands-on multimedia training

Who: Online News Association and Birmingham Association of Black Journalists

When: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Hill Alumni Auditorium, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1400 University Blvd. [map]. The large student parking lot next to the auditorium will be open and free.

Cost: $10, which includes lunch. Register online. For more information and to register, visit the site or e-mail training@journalists.org.

Sessions: Tailored specifically to the needs of independent, community, nonprofit, displaced and employed journalists, bloggers and students in Alabama. Session titles include …

  • Free Tools to Kick Your Site Up a Notch
  • Flip to iMovie
  • Emerging Business Models
  • Harnessing the Power of Social Media
  • What You Need to Know about Internet Law
  • Jumping from Print to Multimedia Journalism

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In Mobile, Twitter + TV + billboard = suspension

Twitter billboard for Local 15 in Mobile

Mobile NBC affiliate Local 15 (WPMI) has tweeted its way into trouble. A billboard showing off the station’s live headlines from its Twitter account provided this unfortunate juxtaposition, shown above in this photo captured by a driver.

The headline, “3 Accused of Gang Rape in Monroeville,” sits next to the smiling trio of anchors.

The station’s general manager and news director were suspended for a week over the incident.

Even more shocking? The billboard doesn’t actually show the station’s Twitter account name! It’s @LOCAL15NEWS, by the way.

Should the station have handed out suspensions over the incident? Will this ultimately hurt the news department’s credibility?

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Possible SPJ workshop on social media and journalists

A note from Jenn Rowell, president of the Alabama chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists:

Save the date for our next program, June 24 and/or June 25.

We’re going to focus on Twitter, social media and how journalists can use those tools to enhance coverage and generate Web traffic. Some of us use it, some of us don’t, so let’s discuss pros and cons, best practices, neat tricks, how-tos and lingo. (See “The Twitter Explosion” from the American Journalism Review.)

Here are possible plans:

  • Host one in Prattville, since it’s sort of (although not really) a halfway point for Montgomery and Birmingham folks.
  • Or host one in Montgomery and one in Birmingham (like we’ve done on several occasions).

If y’all could weigh in on what you would prefer and if any of you use Twitter and social media on a regular basis and would like to help facilitate discussion, let me know at AlabamaPro.SPJ[at]gmail.com. I have a few in mind, but am always looking for fresh faces!


AIGA: Using Social Media in Business Networking

AIGA Shop Talk

  • Using Social Media in Business Networking
  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, March 3
  • Cantina, 2901 Second Ave. S.  [map]
  • Free (lunch: pay your own way)


  • Jeremy Flint, Senior Web Designer at Kinetic Communications
  • Whitney Sides, social media/interactive endeavors at CBS 42
  • David Griner, social media strategist at Luckie & Company


  • Scott Fisk, associate professor of graphic design at Samford University

For more information, visit the event Web page.