“What did you do this summer?”

“What did you do this summer?”

It’s a common enough question for people who work in academia. Our annual cycle is different — our years start in September and end in May, and summer is our time to tackle everything that the “regular year” couldn’t hold. That may mean research, course 

Creativity and Time

Creativity and Time

It’s time to talk about time again. As soon as this video started, I could see its direction. The premise is straightforward and simple: given 10 seconds, a group of kids will draw the most obvious solution. Given 10 minutes, they will come up with 

“What do we do with a problem like Brian Williams?”

“What do we do with a problem like Brian Williams?”

If you’re hearing the nuns from The Sound of Music right now, I apologize. But the question remains valid. What do we do with a charming, likeable national news anchor who lied? Many people have argued that his intent was good even if the lie 

If I could save time in a bottle…

If I could save time in a bottle…

If only I had more time… It seems like a lot of people I know say that — myself especially. If only I could find more time, then I could get “caught up.” More time would mean less stress, or higher quality work, or both. 

A letter to Angela

A letter to Angela

A recent post on PBS’s “EdShift” blog by Angela Washeck has caused a certain amount of buzz in the journalism education world. In her column, Washeck, a professional journalist, talks about her experience earning a teaching certificate in the State of Texas, with an eye 

Bake your own bread

Bake your own bread

Everyone should learn how to bake bread. Yes, this is relevant to this blog. About a year ago, I made the decision to stop purchasing store-made bread and starting making my own. At first it was novel, fun. I tried different recipes, played with different 

Define “inappropriate”

Define “inappropriate”

in·ap·pro·pri·ate – adjective \ˌi-nə-ˈprō-prē-ət\: not appropriate, unsuitable* I am breaking one of the rules on leads that I teach here — starting with some variation of “Webster’s dictionary defines…” is one of the older schticks out there, and it shows its age. But I thought 

“Click” goes the moral moment

“Click” goes the moral moment

Three seemingly unrelated tweets gave me pause today…. First, “Boston University independent student newspaper apologizes after making light of rape.” It seems that BU’s student newspaper’s police column had a habit of creating witty, pun-filled headlines for entries on assault, breaking and entering, and racially 

Nurturing media literacy

Nurturing media literacy

Remember Weekly Reader? Every Friday, your teacher handed out a four-page newspaper with the news of the day, but written just for you. I loved it, and looking back over old issues, I love it more. It didn’t condescend, it didn’t marginalize important topics and 

Why green ink?

Why green ink?

My favorite office accessory is a rollerball pen with green ink. I use it to write memos, to chew on in moments of pensive thought, and perhaps most importantly, to grade student papers. Why green? Green says go — and I want students to move