The Ecstacy of iPads + Journalism: Hats off to Karlie the Mojo! #osucomm2221

September 12, 2013

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We planned that class to begin to identify news value, but Karlie already had a jump on things. She had sent me a note with the desire to write on the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier set for our own Crew Stadium. My response: “I love the story idea. We can definitely localize–and will start brainstorming […]

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OSU Journalism iPads: One Step Backwards, Two Steps Forward

August 31, 2013

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We are just completing our first week with the iPads, and we may finally be hitting our stride. Tuesday was spent with Cory Tressler getting acclimated with our apps, setting up email and preferences, and encasing them in our OtterBox. Almost every students seemed to sigh in relief once the iPad was ensconced in the OtterBox, […]

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Deer Meet Headlights: It’s time to take a ride

August 21, 2013

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First class down, no iPads yet in hand, and already I can feel a variety of emotion exuding from my Comm 2221 students that ranges from excitement and enthusiasm to panic. I encouraged them to panic–for next three hours, and then it’s time to start working. There were 32 of us in the room, including […]

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In the Beginning, there were iPads

August 19, 2013

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Three months in the making. $25,000 expended. An entire course rewritten, revised and revised again. And it begins tomorrow. The Digital First Impact Grant goes from concept to reality starting tomorrow, as we unpack 30 iPads with Otterbox cases, microphones, keyboards and other accessories. We will load them with apps, inventory and affix with ID […]

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Columbus uncovers secrets behind a ‘Dirty War’

July 11, 2013

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The film was over and the credits rolling, but the theater audience remained mute, staring straight ahead at the screen. It was only after the post-viewing speakers walked toward the stage that the silence was broken, as the audience members rose one by one, their applause infectious until the capacity crowd was on its collective […]

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Learning to be a Better Writer by Reading for Fun

May 23, 2013

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Following @Longreads on Twitter may seem more frivolous than some of my other teaching-related pursuits, but in truth it may be one of the most academic accounts I follow. The site cultivates long form journalism, and brings to the fore articles that many of us may read in our customary pursuits, or we might miss. Today’s […]

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Journalism 2.0: Old and New Frontiers

May 16, 2013

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I’m headed these next two days for a step back and a step forward in time. Tonight I am headed to the Founders Day dinner from the Society of Professional Journalists Central Ohio Chapter, where we will have dinner, listen to former journalist-turned-legislator Mike Curtin, and engage in a silent auction to benefit the chapter, […]

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