Sorry for the late welcome back note but it’s been a been a busy week of getting acclimated back to school.   In case you missed Karen List’s welcome back note, here it is:

Hiya and welcome back to class!

“Tuesday Afternoon” is a song by the Moody Blues (ask your parents), and it’s also the time I’ll be in my office in 108 Bartlett this semester to talk with you about any concerns you might have about the Program.  I’m always available to you during my regular office hours (11-1 T/Th) and always by e-mail (, but I wanted to set aside some extra time as well.  We want to make sure that Journalism continues to speak to your needs with a solid, vibrant and forward-thinking curriculum.

The Journalism Success seminar still has openings, and if you’re new to the major, this is where you want to be to learn how best to succeed in terms of class work, internships, campus media and more.  Taught by Prof. Steve Fox this semester, the one-credit class meets at 4 on Wednesdays for just five weeks.  Sign up now!

Finally, potential commencement speeches are due by 4:30 Feb. 2 in the Center for Teaching in Goodell. Journalism is proud to have some of the best writers on campus among our students, and the commencement speaker has been a Journalism major two out of the last three years.  If you’re a senior and have something to say about your years at UMass, you should consider submitting a speech.

And please stay tuned for more important announcements in the weeks ahead.

We have some interesting speakers coming up over the next month:

On Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. at the Bernie Dallas Room in Goodell Hall:

Professor Robert McChesney (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation and co-founder of Free Press, will co-present a talk titled “The Death and Life of American Journalism,” which is also the title of their new book.

On Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. in the Campus Center (904-908):

Professor Barbie Zelizer (Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and President, International Communication Association) will be the guest of the Department and the Center for Communication and Sustainable Social Change and will deliver a talk titled “Journalism and/for Social Change.”

Finally, if you missed it, Sara Cody, one of your colleagues, wrote an excellent column about the future of journalism — take a minute to read it.   If you’re interested in flashbacks to the past, check out Lou Grant — the 70s television show built around the classic crusty old editor is now on Hulu!