To the esteemed White House Correspondents’ Association

April 8, 2012

White House Correspondents’ Association
600 New Hampshire Avenue, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20037

To the esteemed White House Correspondents’ Association:

My name is Erica Anderson. I write to you today on personal accord and as a matter of the heart.

I am a young journalist who was fortunate enough to have been mentored by Helen Thomas. I understand from a friend that Helen requested to purchase a table at this year’s annual White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner, but that for logistical reasons, this request was denied.  I understand others have contacted the WHCA about this. I want to humbly add my name.

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Response to "Twitter Trap"

A few weeks ago I made a visit to the New York Times newsroom. Walking past a cubicle, I was introduced to Bill Keller, the Editor-in-Chief. Upon learning I work at Twitter, he said back, “I’m actually writing a piece about Twitter right now.”

“Go easy on us,” I joked.

His piece,  The Twitter Trap, came out yesterday.

Here is my response, which I wrote personally and not on behalf of Twitter.

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Katie Couric's Social Media Path

About a month ago, I connected Katie Couric and Brian Solis for a conversation about Katie’s push into new media which started in 2008. What ensued was a discussion about the challenges, the opportunities and the areas of exploration they both think about when it comes to the convergence of “new” and “old” media. What I like to call – present media.

I hope you enjoy – and as always I can’t wait to hear your ideas and feedback.

Social Media and Real-Time Journalism

“I miss that…kind of connection, that engagement that I had with viewers at NBC. And in a way I feel like I’m revitalizing that through social media.”


Fact-First Journalism and Digital Identity

“There still has to be some of the standards that traditional media…that we have followed through the years. I want them to live on. We can’t let accuracy become a casualty of immediacy.”


Privacy and Personal Branding

“For me anyway, (social media) has to be a reflection of my authentic self.”


**In the third clip at the 9-minute mark, you will hear Katie talk about me. At CBS News, I work with Katie Couric’s team on her webshow (@katiecouric), her social media profiles (Twitter, Facebook and YouTube) and with the CBS Evening News team.

Thanks to these folks for linking to the interview:

  • Harvard’s Nieman Lab – “Preventing Accuracy from Being a Casualty of Immediacy”
  • Lost Remote – “Couric Connects with Viewers via Social Media”
  • John Boitnott – “Turns our Couric Understands Social Media”
  • Social Media Today – “Katie Couric on Social Media and Real-Time Journalism”
  • Fast Company – “Katie Couric on Social Media and Real-Time Journalism”
  • Jess3 -  “(R)evolution’s interview with Katie Couric”

#Election2010 at CBS News

Today is going to be jam packed with projections, analysis and lots of new realizations of new political careers and the closure for so many others. I’m going to be a fly on the wall, sharing the best content, links and ideas coming from the team of reporters, analysts and political scientists.

I’ve been at CBS News for less than a year but it certainly feels longer. Looking around at the storied history of the network and reading books about the birth of broadcasting is the least I can do, I figure, to pay homage to those pioneers before me. The greatest in radio (Edward Murrow) TV (Walter Cronkite) and hopefully next up, CBS will be a place for the next generation of journalists who gravitate to the multi medium beat with a focus on web and mobile first.

Today on election day it’s my simple goal to do this: be an intelligent filter of news and information for you. One that doesn’t inundate and overwhelm but instead takes time to listen, hear what you find valuable (text, audio, video? Polls, analysis, chatter?) and funnel it to you so they in some way, you feel more informed about the political process.

So with that I’m off to do my first set of check ins with the news team. The coverage will be led by Katie Couric (@katiecouric on Twitter), our CBSNewsOnline YouTube channel (wall-to-wall livestreaming of our broadcasts) and our blog, Political Hotsheet.

So what are you waiting for? Jump in. These days only come every two years!

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Privacy Is Lost And That’s OK

My version of family dinner happens anytime after 9pm – on a weeknight, with food or without food, at my quiet NYC apartment. Sitting in front of my roommate’s flat screen TV. Matching silver laptops in front of us and on the coffee table – a pair of iPhones. Eyes dodging back-and-forth between browsers and broadcast. Browser and broadcast. Browser and phone.

Tonight I decided to type into my browser. I guess I wanted to know what was happening in his world. I like Brian because he is smart and savvy and really dedicated to sharing new ideas and information. I would say that’s why Brian is one of my digital educators. A person who bends my mind to think about what changes in technology mean to our society, our lives, our industries. And tonight I got just that when I read this line.

“In this episode (of BrianSolis TV), Michael Fertik, founder and CEO of Reputation Defender, joins the program to discuss privacy and the reasons why you and everyone who matters to you, will be unfairly, but forever judged by what’s online.”

The statement, in that very instant, made me think about and question to what extent people might unfairly judge me.

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The Downside of the Internet

Discovery. Essential to what we do as online entrepreneurs, in the business of information exchange.

Tonight I’m surfing YouTube. The CBSNewsOnline channel to be exact (as well other lesser-known channels like RT and Which means watching clips, taking notes, jotting down views and thinking about the content. What makes exceptional click-worthy video journalism?

While I ponder that question….I wanted to post this clip of former CBS Evening News Anchor, Bob Schieffer.  It wasn’t at all what I expected when I clicked play, but was pleased that I did. Same goes for the next clip of CNN’s Jeanne Moos – a playful, informative poke at our culture of capitalism.

From Schieffer: a valid piece of wisdom on the “downside of the Internet.”




The New York Times and the 20-Somethings

Robin Marantz Henig’s piece in the New York Times today, ‘What Is It About 20-Somethings?‘ left me with an abundance of thoughts.

The article starts out by describing what the ‘milestones’ of adulthood are: completing school, leaving home, becoming financially independent, marrying and having a child. And since numbers show my generation hasn’t hit those yet, or is approaching them in a different order, she suggest this means we “slouch towards adulthood.”

While I appreciate the amount of research and thoughtfulness that went into this, I feel compelled to offer the other side.  While some of my peers may appear to be ‘slouching’ towards adulthood, some of them have accelerated towards it, building new milestones that might set the next generation’s bar. Milestones like being your own boss, traveling the world, paying for your own health care. Milestones that positively help our generation to worry less about how we stack up against the past, and more about how we can contribute to the new, emerging American future.

20-somethings, as noted by Henig, also have something else going for them – a sense of possibility. One that has been considered ‘romantic’ and fades in time. Yet from my perspective, that sense is one of the qualities driving innovation, new models of business, opportunities for growth. Far from romantic, it’s a new reality.

Now that deserves to be a milestone.



What Is It About 20-Somethings? – The New York Times, 08/20/2010

Why Can’t Twenty-Somethings Grow Up? -The Atlantic, 08/20/2010

DC to NYC: My DIY Experience

Look no further for evidence of my interest in experiencing the economy first hand than my weekend DIY trip from DC to my new home in NYC.

I decided it was an experience I needed to have: rent a UHAUL, drive to Manhattan and unload it all into my new place. But it was a group of strangers that made the experience and helped me feel connected to this country I call home – a place I work to understand on a deeper level every day.

First there was Pierre, a UHAUL representative who finalized my reservation over the phone when I hit a wall with the website. Regardless of his friendly disposition, Pierre ended up misleading me to believe I could dump the UHAUL at any of the after hour locations in NYC. (There are none, and like other big companies with thousands of employees and a seemingly disorganized call center, I later got the run around when I really just needed help). But that was really, the only unpleasant experience. Because next, there was Greg.

Greg was a 20-something-year-old. Toothpick thin but strong beyond belief, he met me at my new place to unload the truck. Greg was one of the 35 men who answered my Craigslist ad, (all within minutes), to unload my truck. I say look no further for evidence of how bad the economy is than the volume of people hawking the ‘Gigs Offered’ vertical of CL, offering time for dirt cheap. I only answered the people who offered resumes and/or references, and Greg, a guy my age who had to take a break from college, which I assume was financial-related, was my first choice.

And while Pierre and Greg were the bookends of the trip, the constant that got me through was Liz, a friend of a friend who just so happened to also be in route from DC to NYC the same day. She didn’t miss a beat when I asked her to tag along and acted as a voice of confidence and support as I navigated the wily interstates of the east coast with a cargo van full of items I love.

So now here I am, on a crowded subway heading from the Bronx to midtown west to get my fourth week at CBS News started. I had to drop the van off at the Bronx locale, which amazingly, was no problem at all. Who knows what the next days and months will hold in my new city. But one thing is for sure, there are many new people like Greg I can’t wait to meet to learn a little more about it.

Onward and upward…and a DIY move, while a great experience, I hope never again! :)

Erica Anderson
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