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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

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 photography, Floyd, 2021, the Blue Ridge Parkway, 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

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

Summer begins…

Sunset June 22… Same western sky at dawn, June 23… Fog over the New River, Radford, Va., hills of Pulaski, Montgomery, or Giles counties and West Virginia beyond. Technically, summer solstice 2021 in the Northern Hemisphere was at 11:31 p.m., June 20,

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Posted in 2021, Radford, summer

Local SW Va News Sites

I’ve been making a bookmark list of newspapers and alternative sources of information about Southwestern Virginia (where I live) … Given the title of this blog, I might as well put the list here as a shortcut for others who

Posted in 2021, community, Journalism, Newspapers, Roanoke Times, Southwestern Va, Virginia

April 2021

So happy to be casting a shadow on green grass again… For my outside the area friends, this is Rocky Knob recreation area on the Blue Ridge Parkway, above Rock Castle Gorge and looking off across the Piedmont… on April

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Posted in 2021, Blue Ridge Parkway

Deja pandemic vu …

Just a few posts down below this one in this underutilized blog is one from 11 months ago… Which I hadn’t looked at in a while … until I wanted to show a non-Facebook friend some pictures from this region

Posted in 2020, 2021, Appalachia, Radford, the Blue Ridge Parkway
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