Monthly Archives: September 2011

In praise of great writing

Talk about rhythm in writing, Todd Frankel gets it. If you really want to take it apart, read it out loud.

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Meet Margie

I warned you I would do it: depart from the lecture schedule when/if I was able to get someone interesting to come to class. This Tuesday, October 4, Margaret Wolf Freivogel will come to class and let us ask her … Continue reading

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AP reporter takes a beatin’

AP reporter Mark Smith has been called a racist for quoting President Obama exactly as he spoke (dropping his g’s) in a recent speech before the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. In light of our conversation in class this morning, I … Continue reading

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Big group hug (and some bewilderment)

I read this last week, and I instantly needed a hug. Record numbers of Americans consider the news media to be “immoral,” “inaccurate,” and “biased,” a new poll says. A plurality of Americans, 42 percent, said that the press was … Continue reading

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What’s your handle?

Thanks to Joy Mayer, you all should have a better idea now about how to navigate in the Twitter universe. Alex Baca, your friend in 4450/7450, had a pretty good idea after class: She thinks everyone/anyone who wants to ought … Continue reading

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Citizen Joy

If you haven’t had a chance to meet Joy Mayer, the Missourian’s engagement editor,  tomorrow’s your day. She’s coming to class this week to talk about social media — especially Twitter — on Tuesday and engaging readers (and how to … Continue reading

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Speaking of long form…

I picked up the front section of the New York Times this morning and didn’t put it down until I’d finished reading the story about the autistic teen who is entering the adult world with the help of a devoted … Continue reading

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The Open Notebook

My friend, Jeanne Erdmann, and her friend, Siri Carpenter, have a blog that I have listed on the blogroll here on my site. But I really have to sing its praises. Both of these women are experienced and successful science … Continue reading

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Testing, testing, 1-2-3…

Hey, phone fanciers. The Columbia Missourian’s new mobile site is alive and looking for users and feedback. This is not an app, but I am sure you know the difference. We’d like you to bookmark it and use it. It’s … Continue reading

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Preparation is nine-tenths of the law

Last Thursday’s panel had a lot to say about preparing to do interviews, and I was glad our guests really emphasized the importance of this advance work. It’s a sign of respect for our sources and the craft, not to … Continue reading

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