What Social Media Should Job Seekers Use?

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When it comes to searching for a job, there are many options. The vast expansion of the Internet has created many different websites that are used for job searching. monster.com, Indeed.com, and ZipRecruiter.com all give people the option to search for jobs in different departments or categories, while also being able to specify a geographic area. Social media has also become a way for people to search for jobs. Since the main premise of social media is for people to get connected, it has now become very easy for people to also connect with different groups and businesses. Twitter is one way for people to understand a business to which they’d like to apply. The possibility of coming in contact with someone about a specific job position through Twitter may…
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How Using Snapchat Can Help Your Business

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Social media is viewed and used by people on a daily basis. Over the last 10 years, social media applications like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have become easily accessible to anyone with a smartphone or tablet. These social media applications have become great platforms for major businesses to advertise and connect with customers and clients. In September of 2011 the social media application Snapchat was launched and soon became very popular. According to the website Social Media Examiner, as of February 2017, Snapchat had 158 million users, with the average number of snaps per day at 2.5 billion. 45% of the daily active users live in North America. Many Snapchat users are young people between the ages of 18 to 35, but as time goes on, the statistics show that…
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Tackling Human Trafficking

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I always knew I wanted to produce a documentary.  I never dreamed we’d delve into such a dark, torturious, sadistic world.  The conversation began with a friend of mine who works in law enforcement.   As we talked about our careers, the good, the bad and the ugly, I shared with him my plans to do a documentary.  He asked if I’d ever considered exploring the issue of human trafficking. At the time, I had no idea that it even existed in the U.S. let alone so close to home. For the past three years, we’ve been investigating the kidnapping of children, who are then sold into slavery.  We traveled back to my home state of Oklahoma.  We also spent time in Kansas, Missouri and worked with survivors and law enforcement…
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Remembering Ellis Kell

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https://youtu.be/ts5cLfvuLho The Quad Cities lost a champion today. Fly high Ellis Kell. Ellis filled those he met with inspiration. For young aspiring musicians, he encouraged them to follow their passion, perfect their craft and shoot for the stars. As a dad, he inspired me to never take a moment for granted and always give thanks for what I had. Ellis Kell was an incredible human being. His work in the Quad Cities music scene is unparalled. He entertained thousands of us with his talent. He taught thousands of childred to love music and to work hard at it. He taught the community how to endure an unimaginable loss and turn the grief into somthing that would positively impact future generations. [caption id="attachment_1773" align="alignnone" width="838"] Photo Credit Jay Pearce[/caption] Back in my…
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How Do I Say Goodbye To Charles King?

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December of 1990 a young, southern boy who had never even visited Iowa or Illinois (except for his interview at KWQC) began his career at the number one station in the Quad Cities. In case you hadn’t already guessed, that guy was me.  I was nervous, felt like I didn’t belong and wondered if I’d made a mistake.  It was an incredible opportunity to come to a number one station, in a part of the country where accents didn’t seem to exist and have a chance to further my career. Still, I was unsure, very unsure.  I came in. I did my job and tried to not let on that I was extremely homesick. Within a few weeks. Our desks were moved around in the newsroom and I was positioned…
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Growing Up With Greg Brady

Growing Up With Greg Brady

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  In the late 60’s and early 70’s he was America’s teen.  Greg Brady made teen-age girls swoon, moms ask their sons “why can’t you act like him” and younger boys wish he was their big brother.   The Brady Bunch was only produced for five seasons but it has become the show that has spanned generations.  The show has been seen tens of millions of times, spawning lines that are still repeated today.  “Oh, Mike,” “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” and who can forget Peter’s battle with puberty where attempted to sing, “Time to change.” It is still in syndication today. In our recent trip to the Emmy Awards in Branson, Missouri, Mickle Communication’s Director of Photography, Harry Walker and I had the opportunity to talk with Barry Williams.  Now, 62 years…
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Mickle Communications and 104.9 the Hawk Cover The Back Porch Revival

Mickle Communications and 104.9 the Hawk Cover The Back Porch Revival

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There is something truly inspiring about seeing people come together for a common cause. It’s even more inspiring when they come from across the state of Iowa for a first-ever mega-country concert in Kinnick Stadium.  The Back Porch Revival lived up to its name. Tens of thousands of people attended the concert. Many of them were just there for the country music. Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett and Big and Rich were among the performers. Throw in an appearance by former Indianapolis Colt, Dallas Clark and television star Ashton Kutcher and you truly have an all-star line-up. What many did not expect was a revival of enormous pride in the state we call home. All of the money raised goes to www.thenativefund.com. An organization founded by Clark and supported by Kutcher.…
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An Emmy Award Would Be Great But Sharing The Message Matters

An Emmy Award Would Be Great But Sharing The Message Matters

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https://vimeo.com/156012850 Sometimes the award or even the nomination you hope for isn’t the biggest prize. With 30 plus years as a broadcast journalist under my belt, I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be nominated for an Emmy.  It finally happened this week. Our documentary, “If You Only Knew: The Journey Through Teen Depression and Suicide” got the nod from the Mid-America Emmy Association.  Did it feel good to be recognized for our work?  Absolutely.  However, there was something much bigger at play here.  Getting the nomination means the conversation about teen depression and suicide will continue.  Hopefully, more people will realize we need to talk with our children about their emotional health.  Maybe, we can remove the stigma of depression.  That’s the “real” win here.  Whether we…
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Mickle Communications Travels To Peru

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Sometimes a story becomes so big, it’s almost impossible to tell. That is almost the case for what our team witnessed in Peru over the past ten days. What do you say to a mom who had to decide to sell some of her children because she couldn’t afford to feed all of them?  How does a parent decide what child will be forced into sex slavery or sold as slave labor?  How do you sit with a man who willingly admits he’s buying the children and has no compassion for them at all? Lastly, how do you encourage the kids who, so far, have managed to escape? Mickle Communications is the only video production company to send a crew to Peru to capture this gut-wrenching story.  Harry Walker has…
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Things You Might Not Know You Can Do On Your iPhone

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Respond to text messages without unlocking your phone You can respond to texts from your lock screen by pulling down the notification bar and swiping to the left on the text notification. A reply button will appear and clicking it will allow you type a response.   Easily find a photo someone sent you in messages Rather than scrolling through a lengthy text conversation to rediscover an old photo that was sent to you, go to the conversation you are looking for in the messaging app and press details in the upper right corner. A collection of all the photos sent between those involved in the conversation will be visible.   See which apps drain your battery the most Click on settings, then general, then usage, then battery usage to…
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