Melody Kramer

People Who Don’t Work in News Commenting on the News: Meet Sue

17 Feb 2015 by melodyjoykramer

Meet Sue Diaz. Sue lives in the St. Louis area and for the past 15 years, she’s been a librarian at Accenture. She loves traveling “by planes, trains, motorcycles, and [a] ’71 VW bus.” In her words: “Community service is near and dear to me: have worked on library & other boards, church & school, volunteer firefighter/EMT. I’m 50, married, with a resident 11 year old spelling bee champ. And our dog, who can only spell w-a-l-k.”

Sue answered a series of questions about how she gets her news. If you’d like to participate, let me know. To see the archives, click here.

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

Twitter fulfills my minimum daily allowance of news, both world, regional (St. Louis), and local (my local indie bkstore, coffee shop, bakery, etc.). On occasion or when traveling, there’s nothing better than settling down with coffee and an actual newspaper like NYT, WSJ, etc. We moved to this area in the last year and I still don’t know/care what the local/national TV news channels are.

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


**3. How do you take your coffee? **

Back to black in 2015; I got hooked on sugary creamers over the holidays.

4. Who’s doing it right in news?

I like that I can follow newspapers and even specific journalists on Twitter… the social aspect is key. Overload is an issue so I like the concept of Yahoo’s news digest or Circa where news is bite-sized and you can actually finish reading it, like a real paper. However, I often wonder what I’ve missed or what’s happening in real time so I flip back to Twitter.

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

I remember when Nixon brought over the pandas from China; maybe in the MiniPage of our local paper (Waukegan News Sun). Loved MiniPages.

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

The best thing that will happen this coming week is a visit by my oldest sister. Can’t wait!

7. What do you absolutely hate about the news?

It’s often divisive, agenda-driven, slanted. Just give me the facts and let me sort it out without the spin.

**8. How do you get your news when you travel? **

I follow Twitter, it follows me wherever I go.

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