Grad school post: Misrepresentations

I live in Alaska. Which means all one must do is watch the Discovery Channel to see how I live. Right? The truthful and honest reporting through reality TV shows has no interest in massaging or perpetuating stereotypes. Okay, that’s far enough. I don’t think the Discovery Channel cares much about accuracy, and I am…

Grad school post: Is it just social media?

As contemporary society moves closer to complete participation in social media at some level, news organizations are utilizing the new modes to reach audiences. Follow writers and papers on Twitter for links to articles, or tag yourself in photos on Instagram. Reaching people has never been easier, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily healthy for…

Grad school post: The pyramids of journalistic competence and success

John Wooden created the pyramid of success which is widely used by coaches across the country for young athletes. It was the first thing that popped into my head when I started reading about the pyramid of journalism competence. The 10-block approach to organize skills journalists need to have is dead on and valuable. However, there…

Grad school post: Ball park franks

One of the readings for my journalism education grad school course was about food safety at sports stadiums. (See link) The piece is a few years old, but it is in no way out of date and can be easily linked to scholastic journalism. Some of the biggest fundraisers for high school clubs and sports,…

Grad school post: Stakeholders…

Everyone is a stakeholder on some level. If you don’t think you are, then you either haven’t thought about it, or have been ignoring the pleas to get you to go to meetings. As an educator, few things are more important than getting parents involved in the education of their kids. Any sort of education…

Grad school post: Contributions to a democratic society

Dad always told me to consider the consequences, which of course I rarely did because when you’re a kid the future is some abstract thing which happens sometime after the next test, basketball game or crush. In my graduate level Social Role class we’ve been discussing the contributions of free press to a democratic society….