Happy birthday, JPROF.com

Wiley Hall, Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va. Emory is the birthplace of JPROF.com

Wiley Hall, Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va. Emory is the birthplace of JPROF.com

JPROF.com celebrates its ninth birthday today.

The site began as an experimental website on Dec. 31, 2004 and was launched from the study of the little house we were living in at the time in Emory, Va.

Who knew then that I would be adding to the site nearly a decade later from my study in Maryville, Tenn., using an entirely different content management system (WordPress) and contemplating a variety of forms and formats for the coming year.

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 edition at some point. I wanted a place to put all the stuff I was pulling together (much of it from my own files of more than 25 years of teaching journalism).

JPROF.com gave me the perfect opportunity to do that and at the same time share it with others who had a need or an interest.

The site’s content and reach have broadened since then, but its purpose remains the same.

I am gratified that so many people have found this site useful and that they have been kind enough to write me about it.

Much more could be said about JPROF.com, but at this point that seems self-indulgent.

So, amid the other celebrations that are happening today, raise a small glass to JPROF.

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