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More social media? Is Mastodon a more-social medium?

Yes, I’ve joined my [INSERT NUMBER HERE]th online network of human beings. This one has inspired waves of hope and nostalgia. Unlike Facebook or Twitter and several others I’ve used in the past, “Mastodon” is not owned by a media

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Posted in 2022, blogging, communication, community, International, j-heroes, Journalism, Online-Only, Social media, socialnets, Twitter, WordPress

College news sites recover from COVID, or not

I’m emerging from my guilt complex about not using this blog very often, or just using it as a photo album or diary unrelated to the “Other Journalism” title I gave it 20 years ago. Here’s an actual journalism question

Posted in 2022, community, Education, Journalism, media studies, Newspapers, Online-Only, Radford, StudentPress, WordPress

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

Facebook and facing forward

We have had our first ice storm of the winter here in Southwest Virginia. In an entirely unrelated development, I injured my right hand last month so I’m playing less music lately, but down at the Floyd Country Store the

Posted in 2018, Appalachia, communication, Digital Culture, Facebook, Floyd, Internet, Online-Only, Social media

What to learn next

http://hackshackers.com/resources/hackshackers-survival-glossary/ The hackshackers.com glossary is a great place for May/June journalism or Web production  grads to browse for educational inspiration. As summer goes on, I’ll add more links here and on my bookmark list at http://delicious.com/bstepno — add /jpop  (portrayal

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Posted in CSS, Data, Education, HTML, Journalism, Online-Only, WebDesign

Yankee presses stop as pigs fly and YouTube shows the past of new media

I’ve been putting some fun things on the AEJMC Newspaper Division blog: Guardian unleashes pigs to explain social-networked news media, with hooks from Twitter tipsters and a wolf with asthma to a ton of huffing. Back before the new media

Posted in Journalism, Multimedia, Newspapers, Online-Only, Tablets & eBook Readers, Video

Thinking about the future of news, with or without newspapers

Darn… Cyber scholar and new media thinker Clay Shirky was almost in town today and I missed him… When someone who was there posts a report, I’ll link to it here. Until then, I’ll let this ramble from link to link.

Posted in community, Digital Culture, hyperlocal, Journalism, News, Newspapers, Online-Only, Roanoke Times

Early online-newspaper nostalgia

Niemanlab.org on: The forgotten history of Access Atlanta, one of the early Web’s most innovative newspapers CJR.org on: The San Jose Mercury, The Newspaper That Almost Seized the Future Prodigy, mentioned in one or both of those recent articles, was

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Posted in Internet, Journalism, Newspapers, Online-Only, Technology

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

New tools and new rules

The last week of the semester is a great time for an inspirational speech. Rather than give one myself, I’ve found one in text and video for my “basic newswriting” students, whose semester experiences have ranged from AP Stylebook drills

Posted in Education, Future of news, Journalism, Newspapers, Online-Only, Technology
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