For the past several years I have been asked (and honored to be asked) to provide some items for the silent auction for the Front Page Follies, the annual musical production of the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists. So, here are this year’s offerings: The first is a watercolor that was posted on Facebook […]
Update: Lots more skepticism about Pronoun in the blogosphere. See the comments here at The Passive Voice. (Posted June 19, 2015) … Pronoun, a site and system that helps authors self publish, has announced a new manifesto — How to fix book publishing — and has raised $3.5 million in its efforts to do so. […]
Design is important, but not always for the reasons we believe. In the TED video below, Tony Fadell, the designer of the iPod, talks about the things that really make design something that innovators should pay attention to. Here are some of the points that Fadell makes: — Habituation – “We get used to things as […]
Writing for the Mass Media, now in its ninth edition and in print since 1985, is now being offered by Pearson, the publisher, in a digital edition that downloads to all formats and devices. This book, which is used as a textbook for courses in about 200 colleges and universities each year, is one of […]
A lot of bunk is polluting public discussion these days about the “value” of a college education. Hunter Rawlings, the president of the Association of American Universities and former president of Cornell and Iowa, cuts through this bunk with a short, succinct statement about college: It’s not a commodity, and we should stop treating it as […]
Maria Popova, who produces the wonderful and stimulating BrainPickings.org website, has written a lengthy review of Dave Goulson’s book, A Sting in the Tale. The review is titled, A Brief History of How Bees Sexed Up Earth and Gave Flowers Their Colors, and subtitled, How a striped, winged, six-legged love machine sparked “the longest marketing campaign in history,” which should be enough to […]
The advice given to a future president by his father about forming sentences gives us a picturesque metaphor for good writing.
Here’s where Writing for the Mass Media, now in its eighth edition, was used as a textbook in 2013.
A journalist needs something to write about: Richard Ben Cramer, Alex Rodriguez and the book that did not get written
In 2006 Cramer sold both his publisher and his subject on a book about Alex Rodriguez, the star of the New York Yankees who was recently banned for a year by Major League Baseball for taking banned substances. The book had the title, The Importance of Being Alex: A Life with the Yankees. He had […]
The image I had for JPROF.com during those first weeks was as a giant filing cabinet for information and resources I was gathering about journalism education and how to teach journalism. Journalism: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How had just been published by Allyn and Bacon, and I thought there might be a second […]
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- Swag for SPJ’s Front Page Follies July 2, 2015
- Pronoun, a new way to self-publish — maybe June 18, 2015
- Design: breaking the chains of habituation June 14, 2015
- Writing for the Mass Media now an all-digital offering from Pearson June 13, 2015
- The ‘value’ of a college education June 9, 2015
- Maria Popova reviews ‘A Sting in the Tale’ by Dave Goulson August 7, 2014
- Advice to young Tommy Wilson: load your sentences like a rifle, not a shotgun February 4, 2014
- Writing for the Mass Media used in 180+ schools in 2013 February 3, 2014
- A journalist needs something to write about: Richard Ben Cramer, Alex Rodriguez and the book that did not get written January 22, 2014
- Happy birthday, JPROF.com December 31, 2013
- Yes, Virginia: the world’s most beloved editorial December 25, 2013
- The First Amendment today December 21, 2013
- The First Amendment in times of crisis December 21, 2013
- The nationalization of the First Amendment December 21, 2013
- The First Amendment, Luther Baldwin and the Alien and Sedition Acts December 21, 2013