Social Media Copy

A documentation and samples of social media copy curated for Hippocampus Magazine, an online nonfiction publication based in Harrisburg, PA

Assignment – Tease an author’s interview or article with an interesting quote, and summarize their feature for a Facebook Post. 


Kate Walter

Teaser quote:

I think being different, being gay (even before I came out to myself), saved me and propelled me forward. Now I need to find the container for that storyline and a thread to stitch my past to the present.

Interview: Kate Walter, author of Looking for a Kiss

Written Overview:
How a writer’s experiences in the dating world, is so familiar to even the perfect stranger. Kate Walter shares her thoughts on her memoir and where her story will lead next.

Sharon Kurtzman
Teaser quote:
At the table, I dunked and munched but soon froze when I spotted one of the washed wine glasses shattered on the floor beside the garbage pail.
No one had been in the kitchen but me.

The Writing Life: The Ghost Reader by Sharon Kurtzman, Guest Columnist

Written overview:
Guest columnist Sharon Kurtzman, humorously crafts an anxious, and invisible reader craving more during a writer’s spooky residency.


Tom Farr
Teaser quote:
Storytelling is an evolutionary process. So write your first draft, but don’t let that be where your story ends. Dig deeper, get feedback, trust the process… and may the force be with you.

CRAFT: What Star Wars Can Teach Us About Storytelling by Tom Farr, Guest Columnist

Written overview:
Guest columnist Tom Farr bestows the stagnant writer with tips to push their story to galactic proportions.



Written overview:
Hannah Straton peers into White Matter, by Janet Sternburg, who writes of the dynamics of a Jewish family, post-lobotomy



Andy Harper

Teaser quote:
But this year, she would receive two long-stemmed red roses (the most I could afford),…The inscription within the card would read simply, “Will you be my Valentine?” She wasn’t there.

Written overview:
Andy Harper recalls his first time in the friend zone, during a Valentine’s Day exchange with his 6th-grade crush.




Melissa Knackmuhs Kiefer

Teaser quote:
You weigh 214 lbs. Your bulletproof vest weighs 4 lbs. and 5 oz. Your duty belt weighs 14 lbs. and 13 oz. Some days, I want to know the weight of all the things you carry.

The Police Officer’s Wife by Melissa Knackmuhs Kiefer

Written overview:
Knackmuhs Kiefer’s words to a nameless officer in the second person, reads of a will to survive the union between two people, despite the danger.







Patricia Perry Donovan

Teaser quote:
Most children sucked their thumb. Not mine. At the first divination of stress—I swear that child could sense when her father was due home—up went her index finger, like a sailor gauging the wind’s course…It was second nature for Della, soothing herself that way.

Written overview:
Patricia Perry Donovan writes of a mother and daughter hurrying to achieve true freedom and stability in the rocky Sandias.

A “Mad” Evening with Improv – WeTown Post

WeTown is citizen journalism website created by faculty members at Elizabethtown College, for the purpose of news about the College and near-by areas.

The following sample, showcases elements of TV video production in the form of a ‘2-SOT’ (Sound over tape), and feature news writing/reporting.



Mad Cow Show with Sane Senior Reflection

With stress in various forms piling around desks, students look to various forms of entertainment. One of those sources are Elizabethtown College’s own student improv group, Mad Cow. The troupe advertises and performs on various weekends during the school year. Comments on the group’s goal and a fellow Cow’s thoughts, were provided by Brett Williams, a Business Administration student and senior.


Also watch Here: Mad Cow 2014

Link to post here

Post-Homecoming – WeTown Post

WeTown is citizen journalism website created by faculty members at Elizabethtown College, for the purpose of news about the College and near-by areas.

This sample showcases news writing, reporting, an attention for narrative and communicating campus involvement.

Post-Homecoming Help: Into the Streets


Elizabethtown College carries on a fall tradition and campus involvement with the surrounding community. The Office of Civic Engagement prepares itself for “Hopping Into the Streets 2014,” a way of volunteering on a larger level. The student coordinators hosted a rally to promote the program this past weekend. Saturday, October 25th is when the Office will host many organizations and citizens who signed up for extra hands. Volunteer work may vary from raking to seasonal home preparation.

Watch here:“Hopping Into the Streets 2014″ @ Etown

Link to post here:

Etown Radio Newscast

A 2014 audio newscast about various world and national news. The stories were arranged from a listener’s perspective (what is more important and in my own backyard?). The newscast was recorded as if listening on Elizabethtown College’s radio station WWEC 88.3 FM. The skills showcased within this sample are news-writing for broadcast radio, editorial story selection and audio production. 

Listen here. The written script for this newscast is here