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

The Professor as Student

NPR’s Morning Edition aired a terrific interview with Robert Plant this morning. Perhaps best known for his time with Led Zeppelin, Plant spoke to NPR about his continuing musical evolution and trying things that he might not be particularly good at. “You know,” he said, “I’m a student.” That sentiment is particularly relevant to me. At … Continue reading

Making a Shift Toward International Journalism

The United States needs more international journalism in its news diet. Recent revelations from Pew Research show public interest in foreign news has been declining, and one likely reason is the increased attention Americans have been giving to domestic problems. (We are paying more attention to Asia than to Europe, but if you live in … Continue reading

Journalism in the Texas Panhandle

This week will be a significant one for journalism in the Texas Panhandle. The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has a new presence here: the Texas Panhandle Pro Chapter. The chapter was chartered to provide professional and student journalists in this region of Texas with opportunities to talk about professional challenges, discuss journalism ethics, keep … Continue reading

Dad was Right … Again

I think I was in middle school when my dad dropped the following profound bomb on me. “Not everything you read in the paper is true,” he said. What in the world? (I had not yet developed the coarser vocabulary of a journalist.) I was not convinced. It’s a newspaper. It’s news. It’s supposed to … Continue reading