Jul 26, 2012

My New Gig in a Bigger Box

Angie Bailey and Sarah Hill Hanging Out with KOMU-TV Viewers
After about 20 years living in "the box" we call television news, I thought I'd work at a "call letter" station for a very long time.  But now that everyone has digital tools to be their own media company, the number of "television stations" in this world grows with each You Tube upload.  Some call it media "disruption" but I call it media "eruption." This is an exciting opportunity for traditional broadcasters like myself to take their hands off the wheel and let the winds of innovation run through their helmet hair.

In September, I'll get the opportunity to do just that with one of the nation's fastest growing private companies...which is a three minute drive from my front door.  This week, I accepted a position with Veterans United Home Loans (Veterans United Network), a Columbia, Mo., based company which employs about 1000 people in more than 20 states with clients all over the map.  The company has earned recognition in Inc. 500 as one of the fastest growing companies in the country. Since its inception, more than 800,000 veterans and service members have sought help from Veterans United.  The company will finance more than $2 billion in VA loans this year.  I'm thrilled about the opportunity to build the company's virtual front porch.

If I'm lucky, I'll get to tell more stories about WWII Vets.
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What is a TV news anchor doing at a home loan company? Hanging out of course!  In addition to telling stories, I'll be using emerging human media platforms like Google Plus Hangouts to create content and connect with current and future customers.

News organizations are no longer the only ones who can create and share information.  The Veterans United Network is a collection of blogs, social media channels and support groups.  I'm eager to grow the Veterans United Google Plus platform and show how Hangouts can be used for Business...much as they are for Journalism.     

I have 2 kids.  3 if you count my husband
The move also means more time with my family.  I have a super hero husband, a son who's going to be a senior and a daughter starting high school. Managing a social media following the size of some countries is time consuming and more than a one person job.  This move will also allow me more time for storytelling and an opportunity to work with serial entrepreneurs in a highly innovative and charitable culture. 

The Veterans United Foundation raised more than $1.29 million in its inaugural campaign. These funds are being used to change the lives of well deserving veterans and their families. My addition to the team includes telling stories about subject matter dear to my heart: charitable giving and our nation's veterans.

My KOMU Family
KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo., is a place that has allowed me to innovate, teach and grow in ways I'd never imagined. While I'm leaving my KOMU family and full-time position, I hope to contribute a "Sarah's Story" as time allows.

I will miss the station and the viewers greatly, but am excited about transitioning from the box of local television to a bigger box.  The online world is not limited to a media market.  


I look forward to seeing you in "the boxes" in a future Veterans United Hangout.   The fun begins in September!



Videographer Scott Schaefer
 & Veterans United Video Magician
--Sarah
www.plusya.com/Sarah

To Hangout with me and allow me to join your own Hangouts, please circle:

My Personal Profile at Google Plus, as well as the 
Veterans United Google Plus Page and the page for the Veterans United Network. 

PS-- I also get to work with Superman

29 comments:

  1. Sarah,

    You will be greatly missed. I teared up when I was informed of this. Not gonna lie. You have been my mentor and like a second mother to me.

    I look up to you in so many ways that it is impossible to begin to describe.

    Congrats on this future endeavor!

    If you and the Hill family ever need anything, you know how to reach me.

    Tyler

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    1. Tyler, Heartfelt words, there are some very big ideas to roll out.. real exciting news ..

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  2. Sarah,

    You will be greatly missed. I teared up when I was informed of this. Not gonna lie. You have been my mentor and like a second mother to me.

    I look up to you in so many ways that it is impossible to begin to describe.

    Congrats on this future endeavor!

    If you and the Hill family ever need anything, you know how to reach me.

    Tyler

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  3. I love this story.

    As traditional media evolves, it's important for professional storytellers to help organizations tell their own stories rather than hoping that some third-party media personality tells it for them. I know of two trade journalists who were laid off from their respective magazines and who eventually ended up working for companies that they used to cover. But this is the first example that I've heard where a television broadcaster is making the jump...voluntarily!

    Congrats on your pioneering move, Sarah. The organization that you've joined has great stories to tell and those stories need your professional experience to tell them well.

    Ron Ploof

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  4. This is amazing news, Sarah! It'll be weird not seeing you in that box anymore, but this new gig fits you perfectly and I know you're going to rock it.

    Congratulations!

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  5. This is amazing news, Sarah! As weird as it's going to be not seeing you in that box anymore, I look forward to seeing you grow into this new gig, which is a perfect fit for you. You're going to ROCK THIS!

    Congratulations, Sarah!

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  6. Congratulations, Sarah! I will look forward to your work, and to helping in any way I can.

    Thanks for helping our Veterans - they need our help.

    Al Navas
    U.S. Army '66-'68

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  7. Congratulations, Sarah! I will look forward to your work, and to helping in any way I can.

    Thanks for helping our Veterans - they need our help.

    Al Navas
    U.S. Army '66-'68

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  8. Good for you Sarah. Keep up the great work and congratulation on your new opportunity!!!

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  9. Thank you, Sarah! If you need any help at all, you will be able to find me easily. With best wishes,

    Al Navas
    U.S. Army
    '66 - '68

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  10. Awwww, you will be missed Sarah! Enjoy this next step in life. Thank you for bringing us all of Sarah's stories. I was wonderful!
    Lynn

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  11. Wow what a scary and exciting time. Very happy for you Sarah. Know you will do great!!

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  12. Sarah! Talk about the New Fall TV Lineup Coming in September; but in this new age 2012 - It's New Google + Hangout and Veterans United Hangout Coming this September. Can't wait for your Positive Help & Guidance; bring all Vets together from WWII to **. Who knows maybe we'll be able to find our lost friends from military days.

    John Waters
    U.S. Air Force
    '74-'80

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    1. John, What you have said here is exactly right, you have it in one. Sarah (and her team) know exacrly how to bring everyone together using the new tech tools to slip into daily life. Sarah will be able to broadcast from anywhere to bring you what matters most, Mike

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  13. Congratulations Sarah!! I am excited for you and the NEW window of Blessing! I know you will LOVE your new position. It will be great for Scott S.(my nephew) to have you working with him. You both have done awesome work together!! Congratulations again!! ;) Go with God's Speed!! New adventures are just ahead....yay!

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  14. Congratulations Sarah!! I am excited for you and the NEW window of Blessing! I know you will LOVE your new position. It will be great for Scott S.(my nephew) to have you working with him. You both have done awesome work together!! Congratulations again!! ;) Go with God's Speed!! New adventures are just ahead....yay!

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  15. I'm sooooooo sad!!! What will I do without my Sarah Hill anymore?????

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  16. Sarah that will be a good thing to help the vets to get their story out there. I a united states marine 1371 combat engineer august-31-1972 to august-8-1975

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  17. My first thought was, "Noooooo!" but just as quickly, I realized how selfish of me! My husband and I are really going to miss seeing your face on our tv, watching you anchor, and enjoying your "Sarah's Stories." KOMU news won't be the same without you, but we will adjust. Best wishes!

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  18. Sarah

    Congrats and God bless you. The station will certainly miss you, but you will no doubt make them proud. Wait...you already have!

    -Travis

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  19. Sarah!!! So proud of you and to know that women of our "age" can move on and not look back! You Go Girl!! I know you will be as awesome as ever at whatever you touch.

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  20. Wow, what an opportunity...I will miss your beautiful smiling face on KOMU every day but I certainly understand the pull of your family and doing something new and exciting! Congratulations!

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  21. Congratulations on your new job Sarah!!!! I learned a lot about story-telling from you during my time at KOMU and I am thrilled to hear that your new job will continue to feature your talents. - Andrea Oleen

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  22. Congratulations on your new journey in life. You will be missed. You're like family to most of us viewers.

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  23. Congrats and good luck on your new venture! You will be sadly missed!

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  24. thanks for posting..

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