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May 1 from Rocky Knob

Embarrassed that I haven’t used this blog in months, so here are a couple of pictures that I already uploaded to Facebook after a late Sunday afternoon saunter through the Rocky Knob Picnic Area and Rock Castle Gorge Overlook on

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Posted in 2022, Appalachia, Blue Ridge Parkway, Floyd, photography

Atop the Blue Ridge in February

Snapped this photo with my smartphone on my first 2022 visit to the Rocky Knob area along the Blue Ridge Parkway — after enough January snow and ice had melted to make the trail friendlier. I also shot video farther

Posted in 2022, Blue Ridge Parkway, Floyd, Southwestern Va

What newspapers used to be

Updating an old link before sending it to a friend, I discovered that this clip from the movie “Deadline U.S.A.” is still on YouTube, about 10 years after I last showed it in a journalism class. Editor Bogart, at the

Posted in 2021, Appalachia, community, Journalism, News

Blogversary

A belated happy 20th anniversary to my oldest continuing blog, started November 24, 2001, when I was exploring a lot of writing-on-the-Web tools as part of the “Digital Culture” and “Online Journalism” courses I was teaching at Emerson College. It’s

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Posted in 2008, blogging, memories, Radio Userland, WordPress

Is there a future for “journalism education”?

Just saw this Nieman Lab article via a link from its author on Twitter… https://www.niemanlab.org/2021/10/its-time-to-create-an-alternative-path-into-a-journalism-career/ Looks like a Thoreau article… No, voice to text, I said “thorough” article… But Henry David Thoreau didn’t have any fancy major in “opinion writing”

Posted in 2021, communication, Education, Journalism, memories, Newspapers, teaching

Rocky Knob trees & sunset

The Blue Ridge Parkway Rocky Knob Rec Area features include great “overlooks,” a campground I’ve never used (living just an hour away), and a picnic area with tall trees, rhododendron thickets, a couple of restrooms, many deer, and maybe 100

Posted in 2021, Blue Ridge Parkway, Floyd, photography, the Blue Ridge Parkway

What caused Facebook to crash?

There are already conspiracy theories running wild, but I think it was an overload of autumn foliage photographs…

Posted in 2021, Appalachia, Blue Ridge Parkway, photography

Facebook down!

With Facebook offline for more than two hours, I renewed my friendships with people on Twitter, read investigative reporting stories about, coincidentally, Facebook and offshore Investments by rich people… and completed a crossword puzzle in an actual printed newspaper, highly

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Virginia News News!

October update: The new regional news website for southwestern Virginia was renamed CardinalNews.org just before launch, emphasizing that it is a nonprofit organization and removing the suggestion that it actually was printing a traditional newspaper. The publication is off to

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Posted in 2021, Appalachia, Business, community, Journalism, Newspapers, Online-Only, Radford, Reporting, Roanoke Times, Social media, Southwestern Va, Virginia

Could be ADHD… or something…

Immediate right now to do list for use when all else fails… Put down the the smartphone that that you are are you are using using to right write write this list with an echoey voice to text app … Don’t even edit this item. Empty the dishwasherPut the dishes that are piled

Posted in 2021, biography, health, humor, personal, smartphones, Stepno, writing
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