“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 

Watching Neshaminy

Watching Neshaminy

I’ll be keeping an eye on The Playwickian during the coming school year. For those unfamiliar, The Playwickian is the student newspaper for Neshaminy High School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. This particular student newspaper is currently embroiled in a struggle with its school board over 

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