DC Realtime News joins the DC News Now team

WASHINGTON (DC News Now) – The DC News Now team is thrilled to announce a partnership with Larry Calhoun, the man behind the DC Realtime News Twitter account. As part of this partnership, Calhoun will continue its work in the community and provide exclusive content to DC News Now from breaking news stories.

Calhoun started the DC Realtime News Twitter Feed in May 2020 and gained almost 50,000 subscribers in less than two years. He first created the stream drawing inspiration from fellow citizen journalists like Alan Henney, but said he gained ultimate motivation after experiencing gun violence himself.

Filming took place in mid-July 2020.

Calhoun said, “It was a normal morning for me. Going to work and crossing this road, only one shot rang out. I move here and I realize that I am touched.

A .223 rifle bullet passed through his car door and hit him in the arm, shattering his elbow.

“The arm will never be 100%, he said. “I have plates and screws in the elbow to keep it intact. It’s about as strong as I think it’s going to get.

As he recovered from the shooting, Calhoun focused on his Twitter feed. He said being shot on a road he drives almost every day has motivated him to keep his community informed and to motivate people to take action against the violence rather than being insensitive to it.

He explained: “You become immune to it, unfortunately. Many people are today. So when you get older and you get shot, it’s like it’s not normal. An innocent person gets up to go to work and gets shot, there is something wrong with this picture.

As someone who grew up in northeast DC, Calhoun said he himself felt immune to violence until it happened to him.

As a victim of gun violence, he said, “I can report from a different perspective than most journalists, and I think that’s why the community supported him.”

“This work is very important for public safety. I never looked at it like I do now until I got shot because until something happens to you, you start to care about it differently,” he said.

In addition to his full-time job, Calhoun has made it his mission to report on every major incident and hopefully fuel change.

He said, “We’re going to have car collisions, we’re going to have house fires. They come with the territory of life. But shootings are something we can control and it makes people change their behavior. »

Over two years, Calhoun trained, received reviews, and consistently released accurate reports. The hard work has made his feed one of the most trusted and sought after for breaking public safety news in the region, and he does all of this in addition to his full-time day job.

“When I started the stream, I had no idea it would become what it is now,” he said. ” I’m coming back from work. I’m locked in normally around 9pm, I go until about 2am on an average night. I collect all jurisdictions and use software called Open Megahertz.

When the news breaks, Calhoun is on it and his followers know as soon as possible.

He said: “It’s about listening, an incident comes up, writing down as much relevant information as possible, being patient.”

Over time, Calhoun taught himself to listen to three or four police and EMS scanners simultaneously.

“For me, it’s about keeping the community safe. I’m just doing my part,” he said. He is able to stand out from other citizen journalists not only by being consistent with fast and accurate reporting, but also by going to the scenes, taking videos and even publishing stories himself.

Even with his large audience and contribution to several local stations in the area, Calhoun did not consider himself a journalist until a local reporter in the field recognized him as a colleague.

“Just having her say that, it really sparked something in me and I said, okay, I have to start looking at this differently, because people who do this every day look at me differently” , he explained. “Sometimes you’re just laid back, lolly golly with yourself, but other people see something else in you. It really opened my eyes to something, and it really checked me to make sure I was accurate and things like that.

Everything Calhoun does with the stream: work to take it to the next level, make it a priority to go to the scene, work to report every major incident – ​​he said it’s all driven by his love for his community .

“Not everyone is cut out to be a police officer. Not everyone is cut out to be a firefighter or a politician. You know, the civil service,” he said. “I found a way, something I can do to contribute to my community, and I grew up to be good at it.”

You can find Calhoun on Twitter @RealtimeNews10.