Blogging About Joan, the Broken Foot

Any student in the UMass journalism program who has taken a class with me knows I’m a big believer in blogs.  Last year, students in the freshman seminar started up their own blogs.  If a student has a great idea or is travelling somewhere, I usually tell them to blog about it.

It’s nice to see such advice sink in.

Emily Grund, who will be entering her senior year this fall, not only blogged for my multimedia class last semester, but has been blogging about her internship experience this summer.  And,  recently she started a blog about ‘Joan.’ ‘Joan’ is the name that Emily has given her foot — which was broken earlier this summer in a freak accident.

Three different blogs.  Three different voices.  Good ways to work on your writing skills!



About journalismprof

Steve joined the journalism faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in August 2007 and has been working to incorporate multimedia across the curriculum. Since arriving at UMass, Steve has developed three courses modeled after his multimedia journalism course. The courses allow students to work in teams in a newsroom-like environment where they work on packages -- using video, audio and photos to tell stories. He is also working with students on developing, a news Web site staffed completely by students. Steve has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and reporter for print and online publications, including 10 as an editor at He also edits part-time for with the NFL and college football network.
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One Response to Blogging About Joan, the Broken Foot

  1. emilygrund says:

    Thanks, Steve!

    To find posts written by me on The Castle Group blog, an easy way to find them all is here: (I will be playing catch up this week!)

    Also, no offense to anyone named Joan, it was a name picked at random by a friend 🙂

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