Do you want journalists to be reporters or advocates?

WCBD-News 2 reporter Rebecca Ryan Collett posted this publicly on her Facebook page today in reference to the controversial custody dispute over Baby Veronica.


While most of the comments among her Facebook friends was positive, media blogger Jim Romenesko pointed out that one reader told her to ‘just report.’ Make sure you read the comments on that post.

Update: Rebecca later explained her post a little bit more on Twitter: Continue reading

Upper Deck Tavern uses social media to nab vandals

It was just before closing time at the Upper Deck Tavern early Sunday when, according to a police report, a woman grabbed a fire extinguisher and set it off in the tavern as she and a friend went down the steps and out the door.

Staff immediately checked their security footage and while they thought they knew who the woman was, they didn’t recognize the accomplice, according to the police report they filed.

Tavern owner Ken Newman posted their pictures on Facebook just hours after it happened, along with a plea for his friends to help identify the women. Continue reading

Subtweeting schadenfreude: Some times it’s better to keep thoughts to yourself

It can be awfully tempting at times to share thoughts on social media that you might not otherwise share, or shouldn’t share.

Shortly after news broke this morning of WCIV sports anchor John Nugent’s arrest for DUI, one of his competitors tweeted what appears a thinly veiled comment about the incident.

Wow…karma catches up with some people, doesn’t it? — Andy Pruitt (@AndyPruittLive5)

That tweet has since been deleted but there’s more. Continue reading

In their own words: Two Charleston bloggers tackle deeply personal issues

It’s hard to know what to say when someone you know is dealing with something life-altering. You want to be there for them but if you haven’t experienced it yourself it’s difficult to know how to help.

That’s why I wanted to bring to your attention to Heather Solos at Home Ec 101 and Christina Orso at Hungry Meets Healthy, two local bloggers who both interrupted regular programming on their respective blogs to tell very personal stories.

Heather’s sister, Laura, died days after she shot herself.

Heather, who stood vigil around her sister’s hospital bed, later took to her blog and told the story of her sister, the agony and comfort of waiting with friends and family at the hospital and later told us how we can help people who are enduring something similar.

I was only at that hospital for 5 days, but lifetimes were lived. People don’t age overnight, they age as they wait for news, they age as they struggle with choices. I am a thousand years older than I was on Thursday morning at 5:14am.

Christina’s story

Many people around Charleston had heard about a guy named Nathaniel Tyler, a homeless man whom police had ultimately charged with raping five women in the downtown area. The details of each case were awful.

It wasn’t until Christina told her story on her health and fitness blog that many of her friends Continue reading

Charleston or Hollywood South? Celebrities keep popping up

Just days after reported Ryan Gosling sightings shook the women of Charleston, another pair of Hollywood stars were reportedly seen strolling along King Street.

Post and Courier reporter/photographer Andrew Knapp shot this picture of two people he believes to be Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively at Second Sunday:

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Charleston women search for Ryan Gosling after he’s reportedly seen downtown

Gosling and Rachel McAdams rehearse a dance for a scene for ""The Notebook"" on Friday, January 24, 2003. Post and Courier file photo.

Gosling and Rachel McAdams rehearse a scene for “The Notebook” on January 24, 2003. Post and Courier file photo.

If you saw a bunch of women marching around downtown Charleston today searching intently as if Ryan Gosling had been spotted well, it’s because Ryan Gosling was reportedly seen downtown.

The rumor first hit about 8 p.m. Thursday night after two or three people tweeted that they saw him at Hall’s Chophouse. Since then, even without any photographic proof, seemingly every young woman in Charleston is determined to live her ‘The Notebook’ fantasy.

I used Storify to document how the whole thing played out and, well, also because I think these tweets are hilarious. You can also see it below. By the way, if you do get a photo send it to

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Charleston Social Bites: Gator at the dog park? Gov Haley locked out and a good chance of rain

JIgatorDogs aren’t thegatorsign only creatures swimming around at the James Island County Dog Park.

As seen on, a user wrote that this gator tried to eat his pup at the dog park recently.

Bottom line: Just about any pool of water in the Lowcountry might be a temporary home for an alligator. Always be cautious. And read the signs.

Haley locked out

We’ve all been locked out of our houses at one point or another but apparently it’s big news when the governor locks herself out of the governor’s mansion. Continue reading