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Breakfast out…

My favorite local place for breakfast closed a few months ago… And it’s probably my fault for only going there when I had visiting friends, and just not having that many visiting friends. But a former student of mine posted

Posted in memories, personal, Radford, wesleyan

Municipal dysfunction… Repairs in the works

My mobile phone sure does not like the city website. The new mayor says a new website is in the works… and meanwhile he uses Facebook for announcements, pictures, and even live videos. There must be a better way.

Posted in 2018, civics, communication, photography, public affairs, Radford

Back in school at old school in a new way

This is going to be fun. I am for the third time enrolled at Wesleyan University… Continuing an old tradition of “leave job… return to college  (preferably Wesleyan)…” When I quit my daily newspaper job at The Hartford Courant, my

Posted in 2013, Education, hypertext, jpop, media studies, MOOCs, movies, Radford, Stepno, wesleyan

“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

And now it’s “Spring Semester”

That’s Friday morning after Thursday’s storm… Now three days of melting-and-freezing before classes begin. I’ll keep my WDBJ7 weather app handy. For now, sure is pretty… (Distant visitors: That’s from the top of a hill in Radford, Virginia, looking west

Posted in 2013, photography, Radford

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

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

Launching J-students into Twitter

What feeds should journalism students follow when they first begin to use Twitter? Here’s my top 10 list, and I’ll be watching Twitter (and the comments on this page) for other suggestions… A local professional news reporter A local news

Posted in Blogging, Education, Internet, Journalism, Online-Only, Radford

Times Droid update better; still no cigar

The latest update of The New York Times Droid app shows some improvements, but I still prefer reading the Times mobile Web site with the phone’s browser. The good news: For those of us with aging eyes and smaller Android

Posted in Computers, Newspapers, Radford, Tablets & eBook Readers, usability, WebDesign

Telling a story in voices

A “newspaper” guy by journalistic background, Tim Thornton does a nice radio  job of blending interviews to create this two-minute profile of a retiring  Radford University professor: RU’s founding Appalachian studies director retires « I’m saving that link here for

Posted in Blogging, Journalism, Multimedia, Radford
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