Melody Kramer

People Not In News Commenting On The News: Meet Tanja Hollander

23 Jan 2015 by melodyjoykramer

 Meet Tanja. She’s a photographer who says “Seeing and sharing the world is my love.” She also makes videos and tells stories, and has been traveling around the country to take formal portraits of every single one of her Facebook friends. “A friend called me a relationship hacker,” she says. “I like that a lot.”
Tanja lives in Auburn, Maine. You should follow her on Twitter. Here’s how she gets her news. (If you’d like to read the others in the series, please click here. If you want to take part, just let me know.)

1. How do you get your news?

It depends on what kind of news it is — almost all of it is online. My general everyday news, comes from links on Facebook or Twitter. And NPR (on the radio) at the end of the day. For breaking news, its 100% Twitter – I have lists of journalists by topic that I follow as my go to sources. I find stories on twitter usually come out 2-3 days before they do on FB or anywhere else. Then I usually keep up with Al Jazeera America and BBC. For local news, its MPBN (radio) and Bangor Daily News online. Regional news, Boston Globe online. Art news,; for tech it’s usually twitter. Oh and I’m enjoying @nowthisnews on Instagram. [I read / skim the paper when I’m at my parents house.]

Ed note: She later sent this update:

As I’m sitting here listening to Marketplace, I realize I try and listen to them everyday.   I guess I don’t think of them as “news” but I suppose it is?  And I also I really like the idea of Beacon and have enjoyed working with Dan Fletcher quite a bit over there.   But I don’t think of them as news either, more investigative journalism.  Is there a difference, do you think?  In my mind, news is current events.  But I suppose you could argue something like climate change is a current event.   Interesting to think about.

2. Please send me a gif or video or poem that captures your attention span.

Totally drawing a blank here. Doesn’t sitting quietly staring at this question for 5 minutes count as a poem? gif’s make me bonkers (probably why I avoid Tumblr)

3. How do you take your coffee?

Just cream. As my friend Joe says, “The color of cardboard”

4. Who’s doing it right in news?

I’m not sure I could name an organization that is doing it right. But, I think there are a groups of journalists that are (both photojournalists and writers). For instance during Ferguson, I was following Matt Pearce, Wesley Lowery and Christine Conetta. They seemed to be working as a team even though they were covering for rivaling news outlets. They also were retweeting local news agencies and activists, which I thought showed respect for the community.

5. What’s the first news event that you remember?

Samantha Smith‘s death. I remember the principal coming over the loud speaker (8th grade?) announcing a moment of silence. My recollection was she was about to be the first child astronaut and died on her way to being on a space shuttle. I was in public school in St. Louis at the time, but now I live in Maine where she was from. I just googled it to make sure I got her name right. According to Wikipedia (!), the plane she was in crashed in the little town I now live in. What a strange thing to discover. And also she was not on her way to becoming an astronaut. But she was still pretty awesome. (Ed note: I had never heard of this. Read the Wikipedia entry. It’s fascinating.)

6. What was the best thing that happened to you this week?

I had an acupuncture appointment that cured my photoshop hand / carpal tunnel.

7. What do you absolutely hate about the news?


8. What’s the best podcast or audio to listen to while doing chores?

I’ve never been able to figure out a good system for podcasts so I don’t listen to them. I generally listen to music (NOLA brass bands are my go to) when I’m doing chores, except Sunday nights. Then I listen to TAL and the Moth while I’m cooking for the week.

9. How do you get your news when you travel around the world?

I’m terrible at keeping up on the news when I’m traveling, but if I do, it’s the same as when I’m at home: the internet. However, when I’m road tripping in the States, I love finding local NPR stations!

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