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Celebrating a do-it-yourself Web apprenticeship

Updated Jan.15, the day of Aaron Swartz’s funeral; I changed the headline and added a few more links About finding things out for yourself. I first saw Aaron Swartz in 2000, when he visited MIT as a runner-up in a

Posted in Digital Culture, Education, HTML, Memorial, WebDesign, writing

Happy New Year, eventually

Ouch! I can’t believe I let December go by without a single blog post here! The good news (and my excuse) is that I’ve been adding new content at JHeroes.com (Newspapers heroes on the air), my delicious.com/bstepno bookmarks, and Twitter/bobstep,

Posted in Blogging, film, jheroes

Info overload: Web journalism tools and events

I’ve been spending more time in Twitter — and reading Web pages linked to it — than I have in my blog lately, but even among my own students I think Twitter and this blog are reaching slightly different audiences.

Posted in aggregators, Digital Culture, informationoverload, Internet, Journalism, socialnets, WebDesign

What to learn next

http://hackshackers.com/resources/hackshackers-survival-glossary/ The hackshackers.com glossary is a great place for May/June journalism or Web production  grads to browse for educational inspiration. As summer goes on, I’ll add more links here and on my bookmark list at http://delicious.com/bstepno — add /jpop  (portrayal

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Posted in CSS, Data, Education, HTML, Journalism, Online-Only, WebDesign

Six brief news writing tips — or are they?

Every semester I tell students in the introductory news writing class that the basics of writing in a news style will be useful in other types of writing. Take this list, for example: Keep it brief. Be concise, simple and

Posted in Android, communication, Journalism, Newspapers, Online-Only, usability, WebDesign, writing

Full frontal nudity in a journalism faculty discussion

That’s what you might call a misleading sensational headline, but you are still reading. The topic is a serious one: A North Carolina university’s dismissal of its student newspaper adviser over a story that might otherwise just sound like 1970s

Posted in AEJMC, Blogging, Free Speech, Journalism, Newspapers, StudentPress, students, WordPress

End of semester links for students who follow my blogs

For Web design or  journalism students getting interested in programming, or programmers getting interested in journalism, see my bookmarks tagged with the keywords “Journalism” and “Programming” at delicious.com. For Portrayal of the Journalist in Popular Culture students who need one

Posted in communication, Computers, Data, Journalism, Radford, students, Twitter, WebDesign, WordPress

WordPress YouTube ad surprise

WordPress.com has made it very easy to post YouTube videos, a feature I’ve used a lot. (See the Video and WP Tips menu items above.) However, I’ve just discovered that WordPress.com, is also embedding YouTube video ads in my pages.

Posted in Blogging, communication, j-heroes, podcasting, WordPress, youtube

New tools and new tools

Nice article, if the link works… New Tools for Today’s Investigative Journalist I may have chopped off a few characters at the end or the address while fumbling with another “new tool” — not one mentioned in the article. My

Posted in Blogging, communication, Reporting, Tablets & eBook Readers, usability, WordPress

AEJMC conferencing via blog and tweet

While some ear troubles made me sensitive about flying to St. Louis, I still “made it to…” the AEJMC journalism educators’ conference there this past week by hanging out with my laptop and phone tuned to a Twitter “hashtag” of

Posted in AEJMC, Blogging, communication, Education, Journalism, Twitter
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