The Twitter feed for the News For TV Majors blog is run by Christine Becker, a TV Studies professor at the University of Notre Dame. Becker started the blog in 2009 while teaching a class on TV storytelling. She found that she was constantly emailing students links to interesting articles about TV and figured it would be more efficient (and less intrusive) to start a blog and Twitter feed to take over the task of informing interested students about the latest TV news that she deemed of relevance to those studying TV. This would also allow others beyond her students to benefit, and the audience of the feed does indeed now expand far beyond just TV majors, as TV critics, journalists, bloggers, and fans also follow, in addition to TV Studies students and scholars from around the globe. Out of respect for the integrity of this audience, News for TV Majors has no advertising. The website and Twitter feed are curated by Becker to serve TV fans and to honor TV's greatness, not to make money.
To share news with people I thought could use the help with finding it.
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
#mamaspike was the funniest thing I saw recently.
What is the weirdest or most inappropriate place you've ever made a social media post from?
I don't really do anything in weird or inappropriate places. I'm kind of boring.
How do you or your organization use social media? What makes your use unique?
Social media has become foundational to the impact and reach of News for TV Majors. Via the Twitter feed, followers are able not only to keep up with posts on the blog, but also to receive RTs of breaking news, ratings results, and opinions and debates from Twitter's TV experts. Perhaps the most unique example of the News for TV Majors Twitter feed impact is a daily feature called Good TVeets. This feature collects the funniest, cleverest, and most illustrative tweets about daily TV viewing and tweeting, covering everything from hate-watching snark to deep-seated fan love. News for TV Majors has been the ideal platform for this Twitter-based feature, as it nestles irreverent humor within the earnestness of TV coverage and simultaneously constitutes news of its own, as it captures what TV fans on Twitter are experiencing through their screens every day. In this way, the News for TV Majors Twitter feed illustrates an ideal meshing of social media and television fandom.