Creative use can turn a bad practice into a smart one

November 5, 2016

The Buttry Diary

I don’t post a lot of lists of don’ts on my blog. I don’t think I’ve ever posted a list just of what not to do (please correct me if you remember one), though suppose I’ve probably tempered some tips posts with advice on what not to do.

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I certainly could compile a list of journalism or social-media practices I don’t recommend, but I often think that someone smarter than me — or perhaps someone with different goals — could use those practices successfully. They may use the practice in a way that I couldn’t foresee or in a unique situation that turns the potential annoyance some people feel from that practice around, giving it appeal (or using the annoyance in a creative, positive way).

Christoph Trappe, a friend from Iowa, probably falls into both of the categories above — someone smarter than me, with different…

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June 16, 2016

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Social Media isn’t Accessible for Everyone – #hcsmca Explores

November 8, 2015

Colleen Young

By Sarah E. McMillan (@mcmilly_s), reviewed by @pfanderson

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Social media is an increasing presence in our everyday lives. It has changed the way people gather information, accomplish everyday tasks and connect with individuals both within and outside of their personal networks. We assume that the shift towards social media, particularly on mobile devices, has enabled communication to be even more convenient than ever.

But are social media tools convenient for everyone?

Despite being described as a democratic tool that reduces social hierarchies and promotes inclusion, social media can present barriers for individuals with a disability. Assistive devices and built in accessibility features can assist and in many cases enable individuals with a visual, auditory or mobility impairment to navigate and participate in media usage. However, common challenges to accessibility still persist.

Some accessibility barriers are located within the media or device itself: an inability to increase…

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Christoph Trappe: Re-Imagine Marketing and Blogging Through Authentic Storytelling

October 31, 2014

My Default Language

September 2, 2014

Very true. Happened to me, too!

Konstantin Obenland

I’ve been living in the U.S. for two years now, an experience that continues to teach me lessons about myself. The latest: Apparently there is such a thing as a default language, and it can change, which makes things really confusing.

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Online Is Just Courtship…

August 30, 2014


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In my earlier days of social media (specifically #hcsm -healthcare social media) I felt that extending the healthcare information reach implied further engagement ONLINE. After all, with so many edifying healthcare tweet chats, a plethora of compelling healthcare conferences, multiple supportive and informative patient/disease chats, and a virtual banquet of really smart, passionate people to engage with: What’s There Not to Love; So Just Extend, Post, Link, Chat and Tweet Away!

All the above remains true and is, gloriously, ever increasing. Granted in some areas of healthcare social media there is a lack (perhaps lag) with respect to MDs on Twitter, but I am convinced that will change soon. With respect to the ultimate potential of healthcare social media, the sky is the limit.

The above notwithstanding, the healthcare social media community is a very small piece of the populous, albeit an intimate one…

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Health Care Assistant Kept Urine Sample Over Weekend

April 17, 2009

On a Friday, a former health care assistant for Planned Parenthood took a urine sample from Planned Parenthood’s Monticello clinic to the Cedar Rapids Health Center for testing, according to Iowa Unemployment Insurance records.

But when she arrived in Cedar Rapids the clinic was already closed.

Records show that “she decided to wait until Monday to turn in the sample. There was no problem with testing the urine sample, which was good for 30 days, but” the person was blamed “for the delay in processing the specimen.”

The person was later discharged for this and other reasons that you can read here.

Officials ruled that “while the employer may have been justified in discharging the (person), work-connected misconduct as defined by the unemployment insurance law has not been established. No willful and substantial misconduct has been proven in this case. At most, the evidence shows unsatisfactory work performance.

“(She) is qualified to receive unemployment insurance benefits, if she is otherwise eligible,” the ruling states.

 This ruling came down just earlier this week.