Hate Speech and Free Speech: A Discussion

The University of North Alabama hosted a daylong event on Nov. 29┬ácalled “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┬áJournalism 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

Texas: Fredericksburg and Austin

There was a sense of urgency about this Texas trip: it would be my last for a little while. At the end of July, I packed up and moved back to my home state of Alabama to take a new job at the University of North Alabama. I had been talking about taking a trip … Continue reading