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Katie Couric, David Pogue, Yahoo and the inexorable march to online

Katie Couric is the latest media star to catch a glimpse of the future. That future is online.

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Going online: What I tell high school teachers and students

A news website gives scholastic journalists the opportunity to do something they’ve never done — practice “daily journalism.”

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Texting and grammar:

r u goin 2 c her 2-nit Strict grammarians (I don’t count myself in those ranks) believe that text messaging will kill off good grammar, spelling and punctuation. (Unless it literally kills us first, since many text messages are sent and received from behind the wheel of vehicles at 45-plus mph.) But before we don […]

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JFK assassination: TV news grows up in a hurry

To those who lived through it (including me), nothing is comparable to those four days in 1963 beginning on Nov. 22 when we heard the news that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas. Televisions all over America went on and stayed on through Monday night. We had never seen anything like it […]

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Two major league sports journalists question the NFL’s existence

Times are tough for the National Football League. Concussions, racism, criminality, strokes and heart attacks, harassment — the problems keep piling up. This weekend, things got a little worse.

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Writing for the Mass Media – 9th edition

Writing for the Mass Media will be a new edition — its 9th — next year. The new edition will maintain the same chapter outline (with some minor adjustments) as the 8th edition, but the material in the book will be expanded and updated. This new edition will be more closely tied to the book’s […]

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Website design: what the ACA designers missed, and KY got right

Jakob Neilsen’s Nielsen Norman Group, web design researchers, has a critique of the site that is as enlightening as it is devastating. There are lessons in it for all of us who work with the web. The critique is written by Jen Cardello and says the website broke 10 usability guideline the NNG preaches over […]

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Coming Fall 2013: iBooks on your Mac

For those of us who produce multimedia books with iBooks Author, the implications and possibilities are huge.

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MC 102 Lecture 5: Newswriting customs and conventions

People who can write news — that is, those who can present it accurately, completely, precisely and efficiently — play a vital role in who we are. This week we will continue to discuss some of the conventions and customs of writing that you should apply to your MC102 assignments.

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MC 102 Lecture 4: News and newswriting

News is one of the things that holds society together. It is something we all use and share. News is what we have in common. Up to this point in the course, we have tried to emphasize and apply some of the basic tenants of good writing and to discuss what it means to write […]

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MC 102 Lecture 02: Grammar and style

For media writers — people who make their living in this profession, however, the rules of grammar, spelling, punctuation and style are essential. Knowing those rules and being able to apply them consciously to your writing is the mark of a professional. What you don’t know about these things, you should try to learn as […]

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MC 102: Introduction to media writing

College of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Alabama Note: This course is no longer being taught at the University of Alabama. This web site is being maintained by JPROF.com because it may be of use to those who are teaching writing for the mass media or using the text, Writing for the Mass Media, […]

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Exercise: Commas 01

This exercise consists of 10 sentences. Re-type each sentence inserting commas in the correct locations. Print this out when you have finished or follow the directions of your instructor in completing this exercise. A link appears at the end of the sentences that gives an explanation for each sentence.

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Super Bowl advertising (2005)

Advertisers at this year’s Super Bowl will spend $2.4 million to reach the 90 million people in the television audience for 30 seconds. That figure is up slightly from the $2.3 million they spent last year. Traditionally, the Super Bowl draws the single largest television audience of any show during the year.

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Mr. Magazine

One of the most interesting and up-to-date people keeping up with the magazine world is Samir Husni — or, as he has tagged himself, Mr. Magazine. Husni is especially interested in monitoring magazine startup.

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John H. Johnson, magazine publisher

The nation lost one of its media pioneers on Monday, Aug. 8, 2005, with the death of John H. Johnson. He was the Chicago entrepaneur and publisher who recognized that blacks aspired to be better off and have more — and that they were gaining the ability to pay for it. His magazines, including Negro […]

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Cases of journalistic practices and ethics

The newspaper developed solid evidence of NCAA violations by the hometown University of Minnesota basketball team in 1999. The newspaper had this story just before the team was set to play its first game in that year’s NCAA tournament.

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SPJ code of ethics

The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics is one of the standard ethical references for the field of journalism. Take a careful look at the code. Are there provisions that are unclear or open to question?

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Naming rape victims

Rape is a crime that involves extreme invasion of privacy, and many victims of rape do not want their names published. But what happens when the person accused of rape is famous and the case draws a lot of publicity?

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Ethical lapses

This spring has seen a spate of ethical lapses by journalists, so it might not be evident that our ethical standards have actually gone up during the past 20 years. Yet, this is probably the case.

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