Who Do You See?

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. Henry David Thoreau. I've been mulling over this quote for the past couple of days......How might I use this bit of wisdom from Thoreau to frame a discussion on some topics that are close to my heart, right now. What do you see in your mind's eye when you read a blurb about someone who's 23, 33, 43, 53, 63, 73? Heuristics Who do you … [Read more...]

Video of “The Writer & the Law” Session at SCWC

June 8-9, 2012 I spoke at the Southern Christian Writers Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on the topic "The Writer & the Law." I videotaped the two sessions and am pleased to share them here. For some reason, the Flip cam turned off during the first session (batteries were new), so I only have the first 15 minutes or so of that session, after editing the fluff off the beginning. As … [Read more...]

Send In The Lawyers

Why not use unemployed and under-employed lawyers to cover complex legal issues and cases? A brief bit of training in journalistic style is all that would be needed. This month's Carnival of Journalism prompt asks contributors to submit a brief video describing their "most dangerous idea for pushing the boundaries of journalism." Here's my submission.   There's no question that … [Read more...]

Measuring “Journalism”

This month's Carnival of Journalism prompt poses this question: "How do we measure the impact of journalism?" Before I can answer the question, I see three, no four, terms that must be defined: What is journalism? What do we mean by journalism? How do we define and classify something as journalism, as opposed to something else? What is impact? Do we mean some ultimate effect that leads to … [Read more...]

The Resurgence of Long-Form Journalism

I see a resurgence of long-form journalism with a focus on telling the stories of human experience as the emerging trend that will have a significant impact on journalism in the next year or two. This will be an evolution, more than a revolution. Although the longer term impact could be huge. It's common now for professional journalists to supplement their reporting with crowd-sourced … [Read more...]

Storify Compilation of 2010-11 Academic Year: JMC Reconnect

Some highlights of the JMC 2010-11 academic year, as reflected in this Twitter stream maintained by Sheree Martin, assistant professor, journalism and mass communication. “ Samford High School Journalism Workshop Set for September 8 : http://bit.ly/nAzLQa // Expecting between 250 & 300 in attendance. JMCReconnect September 2, 2011 “ Washington Post Sports … [Read more...]

Sunday Sign: Joseph Pulitzer Memorial

I recently spent four nights in St. Louis for the annual meeting of the Association of Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, an unwieldy name for a group better known among its members as AEJMC. My inner lawyer geek  wanted to visit The Old Courthouse, site of the Dred Scott trial. The case has a convulated procedural history but, in a retrial in 1850, the St. Louis Circuit Court … [Read more...]

Alabama Social Media Association: The Junto for Social Media

Earlier this year, several of my friends and professional acquaintances recognized the need for a professional organization committed to sharing knowledge and best practices in the realm of social media for business and nonprofit purposes. They showed initiative and established the Alabama Social Media Association, Inc., or ALsocme, for short. One of Benjamin Franklin's greatest contributions to … [Read more...]

The foundation for productivity

This month, the Carnival of Journalism topic is "LifeHacks." Specifically, the question asks: What are your life hacks, workflows, tips, tools, apps, websites, skills and techniques that allow you to work smarter and more effectively? Although I use a lot of cutting edge tech tools, platforms and apps, in my work and personal life, when it comes to improving productivity and completing … [Read more...]

Resources for Teaching Multimedia Journalism

I'm accumulating so much information on how to incorporate multimedia into a variety of courses (journalism, PR, etc.) that I decided to periodically post here to create an archive of links: From Poynter (Katy Culver, 1/31): How journalism educators can integrate more multimedia into their teaching. If delicious goes away, at least I'll have some of my resources here. … [Read more...]