As far as FishbowlLA is concerned, the Academy to watch this week is not the one on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Rather, it’s the virtual amalgamation known as the Real-Time Academy of Short-Form Arts and Sciences.
That’s the group in charge of selecting Shorty Award winners for the third annual ceremony in March. West coast Real-Time Academy members include Craig Newmarket, Alyssa Milano and MC Hammer. With one day left to go in the first phase of 2011 public voting, KTLA weekend anchor Cher Calvin (@chercalvin, pictured) is trying to muster a final push. She’s currently in the #12 position for “Best Journalist on Twitter,” ahead of Rachel Maddow (#13) and Keith Olbermann (#16), but needs to place in the top six to become a social media wizard category finalist.
The folks at Shorty conducted a (very) short interview with Calvin. In response to the question “What’s your best tweet?,” Calvin answered:
Seems like everyone loved this tweet: “I know its past 1.11.11 BUT the logic of 111 today? 1.11.11. Take ur birth year (last 2 digits) + the age u turn this year = 111. does it?
Calvin also explained how she used Twitter to connect, for story purposes, with a passenger on the ill-fated Carnival Splendor cruise ship. You can view all the nominees in the Shorty “Twitter Journalist” category here.