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Have I been talking too much in class?

Jeanine Basinger’s five-week “Marriage in the Movies” online class at Coursera.org has wrapped up, and I had a great time… but I’m afraid I went overboard posting notes and links in the discussion forums. I’m calling it quits at 99

Posted in 2014, coursera, Education, film, media studies, MOOCs, movies, wesleyan

Another film course coming up… Marriage and the Movies

This should be fun. I’m enrolled in Wesleyan University’s latest Coursera “Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), a film history course taught by the head of the film studies program at my alma mater. Listed below are the movies we’ll be watching and

Posted in 2014, Education, film, Internet, MOOCs, movies, popular culture, wesleyan

Old-media convergence in Scandal Sheet

(The “Scandal Sheet” title sequence at YouTube has classic shots of 1950s presses rolling.) For a bit of summer nostalgia, I’m updating a journalism education website for my 11th year as editor… and re-watching the 1952 movie Scandal Sheet to

Posted in AEJMC, film, Journalism, Newspapers

Journalists in famous suspense and monster movies

I just watched “Rear Window” to review how Alfred Hitchcock presented its wheelchair-bound photojournalist character. Pretty amazing that the travel, excitement and adventure of his career are billed as such strong competition for Grace Kelly… So far, I haven’t read

Posted in fiction, film, Journalism, jpop, movies, photography

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

Newspaper movies to be thankful for…

… or not. Some of the movies I’ve linked to here are decidedly not “Citizen Kane” or “All the President’s Men.” But students in my “Portrayal of the Journalist in Film, Fiction & Popular Culture” class may be happy to

Posted in fiction, film, Journalism, jpop, media studies, movies, Multimedia, Newspapers, Video, youtube

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

Top 20 Lessons for Journalism Students from HBO’s “The Newsroom”

…and 30 other random observations, many out of order (think before talk). Some are true, some not. Some are less “top” than others. For links to reviews of the show and the Hemingway-Gellhorn film, see my previous post. HBO customers

Posted in fiction, film, jheroes, Journalism, media studies, popular culture, Television

Undead Journalism: A Summer Book List

The semester’s over, so now it’s time for the professor to hit the books… OK, so perhaps I’ll also find time to tune up the banjo, guitar and ukulele, restring the old autoharp I bought a little while ago, and

Posted in fiction, film, jheroes, Journalism, media studies, Newspapers, Radford

J-Heroes: Not Bogart, but still Deadline USA

This is the 52-minute Hollywood Radio Theater version of the often quoted, but hard to find, newspaper movie, Deadline USA. In the movie version, you had Humphrey Bogart, but Dan Dailey is a strong lead as the crusading editor in

Posted in Blogging, film, j-heroes, Journalism, Multimedia, Newspapers, oldtime radio, podcast, radio
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