A.C. Scoops

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Before there was Twitter, there was the Teletypesetter. That’s when I started helping out around The Augusta Chronicle. The 40s was an exciting time for journalism, see, and the offices of The Augusta Chronicle and The Augusta Herald were bonkers with activity. One night, the production guys put me together with parts of an old press to keep them company at night as they worked. During the day, I made coffee for the newsroom and listened to the ace reporters such as Margaret Twiggs (the Sylvia Cooper of her day) and columnist John Barnes, who wrote the original Our Town column (now a blog by editor Bill Kirby). But then I got behind the eight ball, see; when the new presses were installed in the late 60s, I was accidentally packed up and moved into one of the out-of-the-way areas in The Augusta Chronicle building. It was bad news for me, since I was built to be social. I remembered the tips Margaret Twiggs told me from her experiences reporting outside the doors of closed meetings of the Richmond County Commission at the Marble Palace: listen through the vents and under the doors. As time went on, I listened to reporters and editors and stayed in the know. They moved the box I’d been packed up in during the 90s, but I finally got unpacked after desks were switched around in the newsroom with the addition of new reporters and jobs. They plugged me into a computer, and I learned about social media. I took right to it: follow me on Twitter and tell me the word. I’ll give you the scoops you need to know on my Twitter account, @AC_Scoops.

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