A Question of Bias

I was recently asked by a fellow Twitter user to comment on the following image:     Here’s the specific question from the tweet: “Butler tell me there is no coordinated bias here. What say you?” I always appreciate an opportunity to talk about journalism and the news media, and I hope you’ll bear with … Continue reading

Travel Photos of 2016

Travel is educational. It’s exciting. It’s humbling. This year, I had the privilege of participating in a Study Abroad program with students from West Texas A&M University (thanks for letting me tag along!), and I got to visit some domestic destinations that were both familiar and new. Here’s hoping that 2017 finds you somewhere you’ve … Continue reading

Hate Speech and Free Speech: A Discussion

The University of North Alabama hosted a daylong event on Nov. 29 called “Let’s Chat.” It was designed as an opportunity for the campus community to come together and talk about sensitive or difficult topics in a safe environment. I had the privilege of starting the day with Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy, an assistant professor of English … Continue reading

Examining and Supporting Scholastic Journalism

I recently wrapped up two years of service as chair of the Society of Professional Journalists Journalism Education Committee. It was a privilege serving two SPJ presidents (thank you Dana Neuts and Paul Fletcher) and my committee colleagues. We’ve been doing some important work that deserves continued attention. The most up-to-date research on the state of … Continue reading

New Orleans, Louisiana

It had been nearly a decade since I last visited New Orleans, Louisiana, but fate smiled upon me this month when the Excellence in Journalism Conference held its annual meetings there. Conference travel is a different beast; I’m obligated to attend sessions and meetings so I can bring some new ideas and best practices back to … Continue reading