Meredith TerHaar visits Bonifay Kiwanis

Published: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 05:13 PM.

“I’ve been in this area multiple times,” she said. “Each week I feature very deserving teachers in something called the Golden Apple Award and so we have our viewers write in and tell us why they think their teacher is deserving. We’ll have parents write in and we’ll have students write in and I’m hoping your thinking of a deserving teacher right now that you could write in and nominate a teacher that you think is deserving of the Golden Apple.”

She explained that she shoots, writes and edits all her stories.

“That means after I co-anchor with Donna for two hours I run to the equipment room, grab my camera, grab my microphone, grab my tripod and hit the road,” she said. “So it is a great opportunity for us to see how all the schools are doing in the area.”

She said television stations are always changing and one of the biggest changes recently is incorporating viewer interaction through social media.

“Something we are attempting to do more and more is incorporate social media and reaching out to our viewers through Facebook and Twitter and having them reach out to me via Facebook and Twitter,” said TerHaar. “We’re trying to build up viewer interaction. I can’t tell you how important phone calls to the station are, emails to the station are, Facebook messages, Twitter messages telling us about tips, story ideas and what is going on in your community.”

“There’s an awful a lot of things that happen in our communities that we don’t hear over a police scanner and having individuals like you, who are well connected in the community, call us and let us know what is going on means so much to us,” TerHaar said.

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