We are Guaranteed a Free Press, not a Fair One

There’s a picture circulating on media channels that shows a man wearing a T-shirt stating “Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some Assembly Required.” The picture was taken at a political rally in Minnesota on Sunday. I’m already on record with this: I have no tolerance for threats against journalists, whether they work in the United States or […]

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Advising by Napkin

I was sitting in a bookstore in Amarillo more than a year ago when I was suddenly struck by a few ideas for The Prairie, the student news organization at West Texas A&M. I had a pen but, inexplicably, no paper. I grabbed a nearby (unused) napkin and jotted down some notes. As a student […]

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Look to Campus for Journalism’s Renaissance

The news for college journalism has been pretty good recently, particularly for The Crimson White, the University of Alabama’s student newspaper. Student journalists turned their attention toward the continuing practice of racial segregation within the university’s Greek system. The reporting was picked up nationally and internationally, and The CW continued to hammer away at the issue […]

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A New Urgency for Journalism

Another new semester will dawn at West Texas A&M University next week. Just as the summer starts its predictable fade into fall, I’ll once again find myself inside a classroom, meeting new students and catching up with familiar ones. I appreciate the academic cycle, with its built-in opportunities for renewal and change. Every semester offers […]

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