Coaching Journalism Students When a Fellow Student Dies

That title might be a bit misleading. I think I said “do this” a lot more than I said “consider this” today. A West Texas A&M student was killed just after midnight today. WT’s student newspaper, The Prairie, reported that a train slammed into her car. The student has many friends on campus and was also […]

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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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