Academic Department Chair: Two Years In

I’ve waited nearly two years to make my first post about being a chair of an academic department. Frankly, I’ve needed time to get used to the job. When I was hired, I was told it would take a year just to start figuring things out. That was true. It’s also true that I’m still […]

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My News Media Philosophies in Two Podcasts

I’m fortunate to have professional media friends who have done terrific work during their careers. Two of them, Jason Norris and Dennis Washington, have been innovators in podcasting over the years, too, and I’ve been lucky enough to be a guest on their programs. I’ve never shared those interviews here — until now. Jason Norris […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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