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When Hearst sang “Cuba, cheer up!”

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   As the U.S.A. reopens a Havana embassy, and Puerto Rico struggles with financial problems, perhaps it’s time to look back at a century of history — and the news media’s sometimes multimedia role in setting agendas that people might,

Posted in History, media studies, Music, Newspapers, popular culture

Grayson County Fiddlers’ Convention 2015

Two days of intermittent thunderstorms, rain and high winds didn’t chase away all the competitors — or spectators — at the 2015 Grayson County Fiddlers’ Convention in Elk Creek… although the Friday night storm winds did play havoc with the

Posted in 2015, community, Music

Back to blogging

It has been nine years since I updated my “About Weblogs” backgrounder page, the first draft of which was a page on a now-defunct server for a class at Emerson College in 2000. The blogging server where I maintained that

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Posted in Blogging, Newspapers

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

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

Virginia newspapers… An Appalachian-Hathaway?

Yesterday’s announcement that Berkshire-Hathaway Media is buying my almost-local daily, the Roanoke Times, sent me off building link lists for the benefit of recent graduates still researching media careers… (See below.) Warren Buffett’s BH Media has been acquiring papers in this

Posted in 2013, community, Future of news, hyperlocal, Journalism, Newspapers, Roanoke Times

“Top 50 Journalism Professors” — who, me?

Last year I was named one of America’s “Top 50 Journalism Professors”, and I’ve finally decided to share that link with my students as an end-of-semester exercise in critical thinking, while we talk about the differences between journalism in print, on

Posted in 2013, biography, humor, jheroes, Journalism, Radford, teaching

Henchmen as kittens… porn, yo?

Writing about old time radio programs at http://jheroes.com means a lot of transcribing from  mp3 files made by collectors over the years from tapes of even older transcription discs.  With my eyes bothering me on a recent morning, I decided

Posted in Android, j-heroes, jheroes, oldtime radio

A seriously undercover reporter: Lee Tracy vs. Dr. X

An old-time-film blogger’s Twitter feed (Nitrate Diva) just alerted me that the original “Dr. X” is now available on YouTube at full-length, so here it is. I had hoped to show it to my “Portrayal of the Journalist in Popular

Posted in ethics, Journalism, jpop, movies
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