About Andy Paras

Social media editor at The Post and Courier in Charleston, SC.

Your best Instagram pics; we’ve raised the stakes on our weekly photo assignment

Via Billy Carson, bcarson2 on Instagram. Click for link.

Via Billy Carson, bcarson2 on Instagram. Click for link.

We’ve got a lot of great pics in the Instagram gallery this week, including the one above from Billy Carson. Check them out and remind your friends to keep tagging their best Lowcountry Instagram photos with #postandcourier.

We have also upped the stakes in our other weekly photo assignment. In case you’re not familiar, each week we give you a topic, you send us your best pictures and our editors choose their favorite to appear in the newspaper on Fridays.

We’ve got something special for the next nine weeks or so. Now, in addition to being eligible to have your picture in the paper, we’re looking for photos to run in The Post and Courier’s My Charleston Magazine - our annual publication about the Lowcountry.

This week’s assignment: Lowcountry Architectural Beauty. Get shooting!

Post and Courier racks up a bunch of South Carolina Press Association Awards

excellenceThe Post and Courier collected 93 awards at the South Carolina Press Association Awards banquet on March 22, including Journalist of the Year and Photojournalist of the Year.

We won 34 first-place awards in all, including Best Facebook page and Best Use of Twitter. @postandcourier also took third place for Best Use of Twitter, wrapping up a good night for our social media team.

But rest assured you have an excellent newspaper, Charleston, as this was the eighth time in nine years that The Post and Courier finished first among the state’s largest newspapers.

Thank you for all of your support!

Quintin Washington gets close up with me


Last week, Quintin Washington invited me onto his YouTube program, Quintin’s Closeups. Quintin is a freelancer who in his spare time interviews local personalities. He does everything himself.

His interview with Mark Sanford a couple of weeks ago got a lot of attention after it appeared on Buzzfeed and other national sites.

Needless to say, my interview didn’t go viral but I hope you enjoyed it anyway.


Channel 4 and the hunt for the missing dragon becomes a social media hit


Via Sam Tyson, ABC News 4

The folks at WCIV ABC News 4 were in for a cold-blooded surprise Friday after a 7-year-old Cub Scout, visiting the station for a tour, reportedly lost his pet bearded dragon he had smuggled in to the building unbeknownst to his parents.

Staff at the station didn’t learn of the disappearance until after the Scout returned home.

The news led to a hilarious series of events that started with freaked out tweets from staffers and, as of Saturday morning, continues with a clever social media campaign that includes live-streaming video from the newsroom in search of the little guy and his own Twitter account.

It’s also the No. 1 story on their Continue reading

Charleston woman mistaken for Taylor Swift, ‘Swifties’ circulate picture across Internet

It must be hard to be Taylor Swift. The global superstar can’t even walk along the street without a candid shot of her appearing on fan blogs and social media within minutes, igniting a flurry of tweets from excited “Swifties” determined to seek her out.

But wait. What if that’s not Taylor Swift? Continue reading

Millions of dollars being given away on Twitter: Too good to be true, right? Yes

kucz3Hey guys, I recently came across millions of dollars! RT and follow me on Twitter and I’ll give each of you a grand!

That’s the latest hoax going on around Twitter and thousands upon thousands of Twitter users are falling for it.

The hoaxsters appear to be using fake Paypal screenshots to make it look legitimate. Creating a fake Paypal screenshot is nothing new and instructions on creating your own are available all over the Internet.

Then you get a couple of friends to say you sent them $1K and – Ta-Da – you’ve got 50,000 new followers.

At least in Andrew Kucyzinski‘s case, it appears he left clues to his hoax. Continue reading

James Bond’s Daniel Craig reportedly spied in Charleston

Click for link.

Click for link.

It might be Oscar night, but if Charleston social media is to be believed, the Holy City laid out the red carpet to ‘James Bond’ actor Daniel Craig and his wife, actress Rachel Weisz (‘Oz the Great and Powerful’) this weekend.

What proof is there? Good question. We should always be suspicious of what we read on social media – like that time people actually drove all the way to Rita’s on Folly Beach because a couple of women reported seeing Channing Tatum there (Hint: It wasn’t Channing Tatum).

And there was that time a local tour company pretended it was Justin Bieber.

The main source of the Daniel Craig report appears to be staff at The Macintosh, including restaurantuer Steve Palmer. Though I’ve since found posts on Facebook indicating they ate at Halls Chophouse Saturday night and also Muse today.

Someone even posted his Macintosh receipt on Instagram and Twitter but as so far no Continue reading

New York subway riders aren’t pleased with ‘Southern Charm’ – welcome to the club, you guys

Bravo’s new TV show ‘Southern Charm’ hasn’t even premiered yet and it’s already considered an embarrassment by many Charleston residents who are not part of the ‘small, ruling entrenched minority of very established old families in Charleston’ the show claims to portray.

If somehow you haven’t heard of it, the  most notable cast members are former S.C. Treasurer Thomas Ravenel who left office amidst a federal cocaine conviction and Cameran from 2004′s Real World San Diego (even though she’s from the other side of the state.)

Anyway, it was bad enough when the show was our private shame, but as it gets closer to its official release date – March 3 – we’re now getting a feeling for what the national backlash will be like.

Apparently the ‘Southern Charm’ ads have recently hit the New York subway and they’ve already spawned not one but two blogs and some tweets by New Yorkers who are already disgusted Continue reading