A Primer for Student Travel

Traveling internationally is one of the most rewarding, frustrating, exhilarating, humbling, and educational endeavors one can pursue. I haven’t met many people, once they’ve put an overseas trip or two behind them, who expressed no interest whatsoever in doing it again. I’ve been fortunate to share these kinds of experiences with a few of my colleagues […]

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This is a Call

I’m calling on my Alma mater to flex a little muscle. I’m talking about The University of Alabama, and specifically the College of Communication and Information Sciences. I’m a three-time graduate of its journalism and mass communication programs. The college is part of my professional DNA. It’s home. As one of its sons, I feel […]

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Where are the Newspaper Advisers?

This week saw a couple of high-profile screw ups in the student newspaper world, and both were related to April Fools editions. Boston University’s The Daily Free Press published a regrettable issue in which Disney characters were involved in various types of sexual assaults or improprieties. Then we journalism watchers learned that the University of Missouri’s […]

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Actually Getting to Know My Students

A few things happened this week that prompted a lot of thought about my relationships with my students. All of these things happened outside of my normal class interactions. For starters, one of my students asked if he could come see me after class one day. It was one of those “shut the door” kinds […]

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