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Have I been talking too much in class?

Jeanine Basinger’s five-week “Marriage in the Movies” online class at Coursera.org has wrapped up, and I had a great time… but I’m afraid I went overboard posting notes and links in the discussion forums. I’m calling it quits at 99

Posted in 2014, coursera, Education, film, media studies, MOOCs, movies, wesleyan

Another film course coming up… Marriage and the Movies

This should be fun. I’m enrolled in Wesleyan University’s latest Coursera “Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), a film history course taught by the head of the film studies program at my alma mater. Listed below are the movies we’ll be watching and

Posted in 2014, Education, film, Internet, movies, popular culture, wesleyan

Trailing the Lonesome Pine — finding a musical centennial

This square dance was what really stuck the line “… On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine” in my head. I’ve since learned The Trail didn’t stop (or start) with the dance, but you can watch it, then sing along for

Posted in Internet, Internet Archive, movies, popular culture, Virginia

Back in school at old school in a new way

This is going to be fun. I am for the third time enrolled at Wesleyan University… Continuing an old tradition of “leave job… return to college  (preferably Wesleyan)…” When I quit my daily newspaper job at The Hartford Courant, my

Posted in 2013, Education, hypertext, jpop, media studies, movies, Radford, Stepno, wesleyan

Journalists in famous suspense and monster movies

I just watched “Rear Window” to review how Alfred Hitchcock presented its wheelchair-bound photojournalist character. Pretty amazing that the travel, excitement and adventure of his career are billed as such strong competition for Grace Kelly… So far, I haven’t read

Posted in fiction, film, Journalism, jpop, movies, photography

A seriously undercover reporter: Lee Tracy vs. Dr. X

An old-time-film blogger’s Twitter feed (Nitrate Diva) just alerted me that the original “Dr. X” is now available on YouTube at full-length, so here it is. I had hoped to show it to my “Portrayal of the Journalist in Popular

Posted in ethics, Journalism, jpop, movies

Newspaper movies to be thankful for…

… or not. Some of the movies I’ve linked to here are decidedly not “Citizen Kane” or “All the President’s Men.” But students in my “Portrayal of the Journalist in Film, Fiction & Popular Culture” class may be happy to

Posted in fiction, film, Journalism, jpop, media studies, movies, Multimedia, Newspapers, Video, youtube

Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady Journalist

For any hardcore English majors among my “portrayal of the journalist in film, fiction and popular culture” students, I should mention another great American novel with a newspaperwoman lurking in its pages: Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady, which

Posted in film, Journalism, jpop, literature, Magazines, movies, oldtime radio, popular culture, writing

Newspaper as interactive medium: Journalistic stars as paper dolls!

When I started looking into the portrayal of journalists in popular culture, I never thought I’d wind up writing about paper dolls. But that’s what my “Newspaper Films” post about the 1989 “Brenda Starr” movie led to… a discovery that

Posted in comics, jheroes, movies, Newspapers, popular culture

Happy New Year 2012

Enough of this 1930s and 1940s nostalgia… Here’s something that’s “only” 30 years old, The Roches getting a handle on a seasonal standard. Very, very hard to believe that was so many years ago. But remembering it was enough to

Posted in j-heroes, movies, Music, oldtime radio, popular culture, radio

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