INSTRUCTOR OF NEWS MEDIA, UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
FORMER PROFESSIONAL NEWS AND SPORTS JOURNALIST
My whenever-I-feel-like-it observations and commentary on journalism and college teaching (axiom: write only about what you know). Some recent posts: advice for starting college; bringing TV into then classroom; and the challenges to investigative reporting.
Say what? A journal publication
My co-written article with UA Professor Dr. Wilson Lowrey, based on my master’s thesis research, was published by Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly in its Spring 2019 edition. Click the image above to see a summary. Alas, the publisher requires payment for full access (none of which goes to me!).
Subjects I get to teach
JCM 180 Journalistic Principles and Practices
JCM 303 News Writing and Reporting
JCM 325 Sports Writing and Reporting
JCM 493 Ethics and Diversity
JCM 511 In-Depth Reporting (graduate level)
I have more than 300 students each semester, including a large lecture class. They’re news media majors, creative media majors and PR majors. They give me immense optimism about the future of these fields.
WEBSITE PURPOSE: I’ve concluded that students know very little about the instructors that universities place in front of them to teach them things they need to know (and that they pay for). This site is for those students (and other professors) who are curious enough to want some answers. It’ll also make it easier to write the obit.
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