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“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

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 as interactive medium: Journalistic stars as paper dolls!

When I started looking into the portrayal of journalists in popular culture, I never thought I’d wind up writing about paper dolls. But that’s what my “Newspaper Films” post about the 1989 “Brenda Starr” movie led to… a discovery that

Posted in comics, jheroes, movies, Newspapers, popular culture

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

Hemingway & Gellhorn, and The Newsroom

Things are looking up in the “recent examples” department for my fall course on the portrayal of journalists in popular culture. HBO’s famous-writers docudrama about Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway reminds me a bit of United Press’s “Soldiers of the

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Posted in biography, History, jheroes, Journalism, popular culture, students, 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

Fictional journalists behaving badly on old time radio

I’ve been doing more posting at Newspaper Heroes on the Air (jheroes.com) than here lately, so a cross-reference seems in order. If you haven’t visited that site, please do. On the weekends, I’ve been commenting on an “Adventures of Superman”

Posted in ethics, fiction, jheroes, oldtime radio
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