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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A Beautiful Day in Canyon, Texas

Just a few miles south of Amarillo, Canyon has been my home for three years. It’s a terrific community with a great school system, a fantastic university (my employer), and some hometown charm. What’s even better is that we have attractions you just won’t find anywhere else in Texas. Palo Duro Canyon (along with the musical […]

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Travel Writing Through Asia

The Spring 2013 semester is marking the start of a really cool adventure for me and Kim Bruce, my colleague in West Texas A&M’s Department of Communication. We’re taking a travel writing class to Asia! Check out our poster — we’ve been cartooned. We’re preparing to take a group of students to Seoul and Tokyo […]

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Real Life Journalism Ethics

My students are talking about journalism ethics — even when I’m not around. I’ll take that as a small measure of teaching success. This all started last Friday when FOX News was airing a high-speed auto chase occurring in Arizona and then didn’t cut away fast enough; the driver exited the vehicle and shot himself […]

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