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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.

Roxanne’s 10 Rules of Writing

From Teachapaloooza14 at The Poynter Institute: 95 percent of writing is thinking. Make the first 6-8 words count Eliminate marshmallow words; “there is”; very. Switch from honey boo boo writing to World Cup writing. Beware of the curse of knowledge; … Continue reading

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My “Quest” and the Future of Journalism Education

I’m on a quest. It’s a quest to bring responsible journalism to live-tweeting. It’s a good quest, a quest to change the work ethos of journalists when it comes to tweeting during breaking news events. I’ve written and spoken about … Continue reading

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Thoughts & Musings from #ONA13

I wanted to do a blog entry after my visit to Atlanta for ONA13 but I couldn’t focus on just one thing.  So here are some thoughts and musings (in no particular order): * I left before the awards dinner … Continue reading

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The Real Question for Jeff Bezos: Time to Invest in Journalism?

It’s been fascinating to watch the cheerleading that’s gone on since the announcement that the Graham family was selling The Washington Post to founder Jeff Bezos. When the announcement was made, the reaction from technologists and Web journalists was … Continue reading

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Q&A With WHDH’s Melissa Turtinen

Melissa Turtinen, a 2009 UMass journalism graduate and now a Web Producer with WHDH-TV took time to share some thoughts about what it was like to be in Boston the day of the Boston Marathon bombings: 1.  Where were you … Continue reading

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Q&A With’s Eric Athas

Eric Athas, a 2008 graduate of the UMass journalism program and a Digital News Specialist with working out of Boston shared his thoughts today: 1. Where were you when the bombings occurred? I was working in our offices, which are … Continue reading

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Q&A With Runner’s World Editor Hannah McGoldrick

Hannah McGoldrick graduated from the UMass Journalism program last May and quickly landed her dream job as an associate multimedia editor for Runner’s World.  When the bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, she was inside … Continue reading

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UMass Journalism Graduate Finds Himself in the Eye of Storm Coverage

S.P. Sullivan, a 2010 graduate of the UMass Journalism program,  has been reporting on Hurricane Sandy for since the storm hit.  He took time from his busy schedule to do a Q&A via e-mail: Question:  Tell me about your … Continue reading

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Why Is Everyone So Pissed Off?

“Why Is Everyone So Pissed Off?” We see it everywhere. From Facebook to Twitter and e-mail: People seem really pissed off — and aren’t shy about being rude and crude in public discussions. Overall, civil discourse seems to be the … Continue reading

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The 9/11 Anniversary Isn’t News? Says Who?

So, on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, the editors at the almighty New York Times don’t think there is enough news value to warrant any 9/11 anniversary coverage on the front page of their newspaper. In an … Continue reading

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