Melody Kramer

People Not In News Talk About News: Meet Emma

13 Dec 2014 by melodyjoykramer

What can I say about Emma? We met in Philadelphia, after we had both gotten out of relationships and I was consoling myself by taking up extreme exercise (6am Crossfit) and she was consoling herself by launching and then running a very successful website about why she and others love the city of Philadelphia. She still runs the website. I no longer do Crossfit.

Emma and I participated (SFW) in the Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride together, which still remains one of the most joyous and fun things I have ever done. Emma is a papercutter/lasercutter. She basically runs the Philadelphia waterfront. She plans events and makes things happen and still finds lots of time in her life to be a great friend and make amazing things.

Emma was kind enough to answer a series of questions about how she takes her news for my series “How Do You Get The News?” If you’d like to participate, let me know.

**1. How do you get your news? **

Social media (Twitter for headlines, Instagram for things going on, Facebook for stupid fun things), Feedly tracks all the blogs I search for waterfront related issues, NYTimes, and Philly Mag‘s emails.

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

This is me perusing Feedly. You can also hear my crazy (awesome) coworker in the background who is so, so, so loud.

3. How do you take your coffee?

With a terrible stomach ache, so I usually drink tea. Both tea and coffee are just cream and sugar delivery vehicles.

4. Who’s doing it right in news?

I get stuck in news ruts. I love my podcasts — This American Life, RadioLab, Planet Money, Ted Radio Hour. I’ve literally listened to every single episode of those. Just recently got into On the Media, and that’s definitely one of my main sources of news. I think their conversations are enlightening and timely, though I always wonder why, at the end, they always say… “Brooke (Bob) has off this week.” It makes it seem like they’re always on vacation. Philly news would be Philly Mag‘s digital side. It’s not overwhelming, it’s well categorized, smart writers (need more women), has some serious, some pop stuff. And NYTimes. Of course. I still romanticize my Sunday mornings with the print NYTimes and a cup of coffee (and the inevitable stomach ache). Oh, and Frontline. I don’t watch TV or Netflix really, but I will catch up with that show.

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

Oh god. The Oklahoma City Bombing. Maybe. I don’t know. And OJ Simpson. Which came first?

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

In the last seven days we opened up Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, and I was reminded that I work for an organization that is doing great things for the city.

**7. Where do you live? **


8. What do you absolutely hate about the news?

Comments sections, too much to consume — as silly as it sounds, I do not have enough time and I want someone to give me a good aggregator (I do love

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