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Gone into the new ether

I found out yesterday that I have lost a friend, just an acquaintance really, but someone whose interests and mine overlapped in this new ethereal world of social media and online research.    Jimbo should have become obsessed with at least

Posted in 2017, biography, Blogging, communication, Memorial, oldtime radio, personal, podcasting, socialnets

Feeling my Net age

The Associated Press has announced that on June 1 its AP Stylebook will cease capitalizing Internet and Web. The news on Facebook looked like this, with a good reminder that the internet and the web are not the same thing,

Posted in communication, Computers, Internet, Journalism, Technology

Another month, another MOOC

Now I’m studying “Communication Science” at the University of Amsterdam via Coursera.org One of my classmates used a system called Zeemaps to let students post their locations visually. Here’s the result so far: The map can zoom in to show

Posted in 2014, communication, Digital Culture, Education, Internet, MOOCs, socialnets

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, MOOCs, Newspapers, writing

Reading Doug Thompson on Veterans Day

Update: Doug’s condition was listed as “good” after 20 days in the hospital, according to a page one story in the Roanoke Times on Dec.2, with a cautionary line that the term is relative, and that he is in need

Posted in communication, community, Floyd, Journalism, personal, photography, Roanoke Times, storytelling

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

Verizon 4G stands “for grief”

Using a Verizon 4G LTE hotspot as my main Internet connection over semester break — and working on research “in the cloud” —  has been piling frustrations on frustrations. They look like the picture at the right. An article at

Posted in Android, communication, Internet, Verizon, Wifi

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
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