We Turned Ourselves Into Our Favorite Emojis [Now You Do Yours]
Here at the LAist + KPCC newsroom we've been working very hard to bring you all the information you need to make it through this national emergency. We take our public service mission very, very seriously.
We take ourselves a lot less seriously.
Most of us are working from home, per orders to practice social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19. Although we're remote, we're all staying connected via Slack, Zoom, the good old telephone and telepathy (JK on that last one).
So last week, we got this unusual challenge in our #fun Slack channel:
"Slack emoji re-enactments tomorrow!"
Quick background: Halloween is a day of fierce costume competition for us. We even have prizes for best holiday decorations in December. So, in a room of public radio nerds + LAist veterans, you know we brought it.
[Note: We'd love to see your own re-enactments. Hit us up on Twitter with your best human emoji effort and an @LAist tag.]
So, even though all reasonable people voted and agreed April Fool's Day was canceled this year, that doesn't mean we can't still bring a smile (aka :joy:) to the masses.
Here we go...
Job: AirTalk producer
Emoji = :shipitparrotparty:
"What's better than parrot party? Parrot party, at sea."
Job: Infrastructure Reporter
Emoji = :nope:
"I'm saying no to all kinds of things right now."
And please, if you are able, help us keep this great newsroom going:
Job: AirTalk's Senior Producer
Emoji = :#$!@:
"If you know me, you'll know why"
Job: KPCC + LAist visual journalist
Emoji = :mask:
"I've been going out into the field most days and basically live with a face mask glued to my face."
Job: LAist producer
Emoji = :male-technologist:
"This is where I live now."
Job: Military/Veterans and Criminal Justice reporter
Emoji = :dancerpickle:
"A dance a day keeps the virus away. (JK, I am not a medical professional)."
Job: KPCC traffic associate
Emoji = :bangbang:
"Double the exclamation, double the fun!!"
Job: KPCC Producer
Emoji = :parrotparty:
"...it's a reflection of my inner self"
Emoji = :eyes:
"It was fun."
Job: Chief Content Officer
Emoji = :fire:
"It felt like a hot take."
Job: Early Childhood Education reporter
Emoji = :shrug:
"I feel like the shrug has a lot of range- indifference, defeat, nonchalance. But right now I would characterize the shrug more as a feeling of hrrrgggeeegghhh, what is happening?!"
Job: KPCC Traffic Manager
Emoji = :champagne:
"I love champagne."
Job: Institutional Giving Officer
Emoji = :eyeroll:
"This is my go-to and most used emoji."
Job: LAist associate editor
Emoji = :nerd_face:
"Because I wear glasses and I'm bald."
Job: Development Operations
Emoji = :monicle:
"I use it a lot when talking about our database work, lots of interesting things come up..."
Job: Marketing Manager
Emoji = :upside_down_face"
"It's a go-to when things don't seem to be going the way you thought or you just want an alternative for ironic situations. "
Job: Senior Financial Analyst
Emoji = :think:
Job: Events Manager
Emoji = :massage:
"Because we could all use a head massage right now."
Job: Senior Major Gifts Officer
Emoji = :radio:
"I love KPCC."
Job: LAist Associate Editor
Emoji = :facepalm:
"If the facepalm is good enough for Jean-Luc Picard, it's good enough for me. I appreciate its minimalist approach to expressing every variety of exasperation. If Gen-X was an emoji it would be a facepalm sandwich filled with shrugs and eye rolls. And that combination covers a lot of ground."
Job: Executive Editor
Emoji = :this:
"Because I love everything about THIS."