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Utopias, communication, education & #edcmooc

Our #edcmooc online course discussion topics include technological utopias and dystopias, coincidentally a theme in the Digital Culture program created by David Bogen and colleagues at Emerson College in Boston. I joined the team in 2000. My class was called

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Posted in communication, Digital Culture, Education, fiction, Newspapers, writing

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

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

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

Media ethics and local news samples for class discussion

For the past year, I’ve been using my Droid phone to add articles and stories to my http://delicious.com/bstepno bookmark lists. Alas, while a change in ownership has kept delicious.com alive, it has disabled all of the Droid bookmarking apps that

Posted in Journalism, Reporting, writing

Words and ways to tell a story

Libya’s Battle-Tested Women Hope Gains Last Am I the only one annoyed by that headline’s use of words that can be read as different parts of speech? I think I’ve just been staring at it too long. The whole is

Posted in Journalism, News, Newspapers, writing

What writing is…

The “quick Christmas break research project” that I began two and a half years ago keeps leading to new things, most of which I’m recording at my Newspaper Heroes on the Air site (jheroes.com for short), which is primarily about

Posted in History, j-heroes, Journalism, Newspapers, popular culture, writing

Step Away from the Mouse

Macintosh users may just yawn when Jane Wells of WordPress starts out her “Now More Than Ever: Just Write” essay with the demise of Internet Explorer’s old version, but she gets downright inspiring after that: WordPress (and Firefox and Google

Posted in coincidence, History, hypertext, j-heroes, WordPress, writing

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