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I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Mr. Bill Barnet.

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Mr. Bill Barnet. I am sure many of my friends and colleagues know Bill, but our time chatting was more than intriguing...it was insightful. Here is a man who grew up working in the family Textile Mill becoming an amazing servant of Spartanburg. As a member of the Board of Trustees for the Duke Endowment, he has help lead amazing philanthropic initiatives impacting so many people in South Carolina. His interview was one of the most intriguing, insightful, and uplifting conversation as we spoke directly about a man that was the beneficiary of Access Health Spartanburg, funded by The Duke Endowment and supported by Spartanburg Regional. He said that Dwight Rice's story touched him in so many ways, giving credence to an initiative helping so many Carolinians with healthcare. I can't wait to share Dwight's story and Bill's perspective, showcasing amazing healthcare innovation for the uninsured. #Canon #5dmarkiii #BringIt #healthcare

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Mr. Bill Barnet. I am sure many of my friends and colleagues know Bill, but our time chatting was more than intriguing…it was insightful. Here is a man who grew up working in the family Textile Mill becoming an amazing servant of Spartanburg.

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These are the moments that remind us of our humanity! #‎Photojournalism

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These are the moments that remind us of our humanity!

This video below was captured by WAFB-TV’s Robbie Reynold. This is one of thousands of rescues that have been conducted over the last 24-hours. Wonderful patience by the Reporter/Photojournalist Robbie Reynold who not only captured these moments but balanced the need to help with the need to capture this story; bringing these images to us, giving us a complete perspective!

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Aerial View: Demolition and Rebuilding Homes in Greenville

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Blog Post by Mark Berry / Producer & Director for Gray Digital Group

The craft of telling visual stories differs from other disciplines in that it is forever married to the advancement of technology. If a writer possesses the necessary talent and vision, it makes little difference whether he uses Microsoft Word or a Quill pen and powdered ink. Visual storytelling is different. As technology advances, new horizons are opened up. New tools give us new ways of better constructing the narrative we hope to convey. This being the case, we are always on the lookout, keeping a watchful eye on the digital technology market.

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My First Film Images: Eastman Kodak Brownie Target Six 20 Camera

#BoomYah – Just received some 620 #Film ASA 50 from @thedarkroomlab for my #Brownie #Target620

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I finally did it…I refurbished this Eastman Kodak Brownie Target Six 20 camera that has been sitting on my shelf since my 40th birthday. Sarah had one heck of a 40th Birthday Party for me which included purchasing old cameras for each of the tables. This is one the cameras she found, so I thought I would start trying to use it.

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Strategy: Owned Media Before Earned & Paid #OwnedMediaRocks

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Once again I sit through another meeting where a public relations professional’s performance is based on the number of print articles earned in the local newspaper. This has driven me to finally write this post.

Owned media can be a huge influencer for earned and paid. Let’s be honest, earned media is about relationships. Organizations can have the best stories, provide the best value for the community, and have the most topical items to influence media outlet’s bottom line…but without relationships this means nothing. ZILCH! That’s why you see organizations hire PR firms, mainly for their relationships leveraging their sphere of influence.

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Great Digital Approach to Zika Virus by Mayo Clinic #digitalhealth

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This is one of the best updates from a hospital when it comes to the Zika virus. It comes from Mayo Clinic, and here is why it is works extremely well:

  1. It is simple!
  2. Dispels the myths
  3. Provides information in written and video form.
  4. It is sharable.
  5. It provides media outlets video content to download for use in broadcasts and online via the media section where they have to sign-in to download.
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Digital and Social Media Impact of Zika Virus: Strategy Recommendations

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There is increased search on Google for information about Zika virus, based on data supplied by Google Trends. Charleston, SC is leading the state geographically with increased Google search about the virus along with our neighboring state (Georgia) seeing an increased amount of search. Bottom-line, people are searching and seeking information.

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Should hospitals use social and digital to talk about Zika Virus?

I am watching the digital curve surrounding Zika virus from inside Google Trends alongside monitoring the amount of conversation on Facebook using the Signal product. It was just yesterday that we noticed that Zika Virus moved to the trending position in Facebook after the media covered President Obama’s announcement surrounding funding to attack Zika virus.

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360 Video and The Patient Experience

Imagine…recording a 360 Video? It is an amazing video production process that leverages lots of cameras to record simultaneously, 360 degrees. The idea is to allow the audience to experience the video and be able to take a 360 degree virtual tour while the video is playing.

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