MTV seeks first 'Twitter Jockey'
Thursday 24 June 2010
International television channel MTV announced the selection of 18 candidates who will vie to become its "Twitter Jockey." Two more aspiring candidates interested in this "hot job" can be nominated through June 27.
The competition, "Follow Me: The Search for the first MTV TJ," will bring 20 social media enthusiasts head-to-head in Twitter challenges with the winner becoming the first MTV TJ - Twitter Jockey.
The candidates selected are active in social media with a unique voice and a passion for music and pop culture. So far, they include: MissAllizona, OhItsRyan, lolamack, daniellesmyname, Gabifresh, imjmi, bitty_boop, KayKiSpeaks, Livitluvit, Officialdjx, lifeisadream89, and jthrasher.
Aspiring candidates can nominate themselves and other Twitter users through www.zync.mtv.com or www.facebook.com/zync. Close to 300,000 submissions have been logged in since June 14. Contest rules and additional info can be found on www.zync.mtv.com/about.
The competition segment kicks off on MTV.com, July 7-July 19, with wanna-be MTV TJs participating in a series of Twitter challenges from discovering a local band to interviewing MTV talent.
After five challenges, five finalists will advance to the elimination rounds, with one slot to be voted on by Twitter fans via texts on the live televised finale August 8 at 10 pm EST for the first MTV TJ.
Judging will be done by an internal committee and TweetLevel, http://tweetlevel.edelman.com, a specialized tweet-scoring service that measures influence, popularity, and trust.
The new MTV TJ will become a voice for the channel across social media platforms, including MTV.com, to expand a dialogue with the global audience, ask what fans want to know about celebrities, report on what's going on in the halls of MTV, and more. The first assignment will be reporting at the 2010 MTV Video MusicAwards in Los Angeles on September 12.
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
Ray Davies' Sunny Afternoon scoops the most awardsTheatre
Grace DentChannel 4 show proves there's no app for happiness
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
Better Call Saul creator Peter Gould on the creative concerns of a prequel, season 2 and the mind-numbing realities of the small courts
Britain's Got Talent 2015: RSPCA investigating Marc Metral's miming dog after cruelty complaints
Doctor Who film will definitely happen, leaked Sony emails reveal
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer has leaked – watch
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling