Category Archives: Teaching

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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Carnival of Journalism: Journalists as Capitalists

Haven’t we spent enough time asking what journalists can and can’t do? Haven’t we spent enough time asking what the definition of journalism is? Seriously, enough already. When I saw this month’s Carnival of Journalism prompt from Michael Rosenblum, I … Continue reading

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UMass Panel to Look Back at 9/11 Attacks on 10-Year Anniversary

(Updated: Aug. 29) Mark Stencel, the managing editor for Digital News at NPR, will join a group of University of Massachusetts educators on Sept. 8 to take part in a panel discussion looking at how the U.S. and the world … Continue reading

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The Carnival Takes Off

I always enjoyed carnivals growing up.  You never knew what to expect — new games, rides, foods just around the corner.   And, such an eclectic group of people that often looked and acted strangely 🙂 I think what David Cohn … Continue reading

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Carnival of Journalism: Talking to People IS a Life Hack!

The question for this month’s Carnival: “What are your life hacks, workflows, tips, tools, apps, websites, skills and techniques that allow you to work smarter and more effectively?“ One of my favorite scenes in the Dead Poet’s Society is when … Continue reading

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Q&A With S.P. Sullivan

S.P. Sullivan is a 2010 graduate of the UMass journalism program.  Upon graduation, he took a job as a producer for MassLive, the online operation of The Springfield Republican.  I was chatting with him online prior to Wednesday’s tornado and … Continue reading

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Carnival of Journalism: Don’t Forget to Watch the Sun Rise

When David Cohn posted the latest topic for the Carnival of Journalism, I messaged him and said “interesting topic.” His reply:  “Think it cuts too deep?” Indeed. What this topic requires is a certain amount of honest self-examination, a trait … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Quote of the Day

“Have grown real tired of professors who say that technology shouldn’t be taught in media schools because ‘it’s always changing’. Would professors at medical or business schools ever say something that willfully ignorant?” — Vin Crosbie, Syracuse University

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UMass Journalism Alums Return With A Message: Go Do Journalism!

Julie Robenhymer, a senior writer with Hockeybuzz.com, said it best at the end of last week’s “Back from The Front” alumni panel:  “If you’re not a self starter this is not the path for you.” It’s advice that’s always been … Continue reading

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UMass Journalism Launches ‘$50K By Labor Day’ Campaign

The UMass Journalism program kicked off a fund-raising effort this week in hopes of raising $50,000 by the start of the Fall semester. The “$50K By Labor Day” drive marks an effort by journalism faculty to raise monies to update … Continue reading

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