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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Former Ohio State Journalism Student Helps Pulitzer Winner Teach with Grace

March 15, 2013

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Cory Shaffer and I met in the first class on my first day of full-time employment at Ohio State in the Autumn of 2010. It was a second-level journalism class, and blond, bespectacled, Cory was on the far right in the second row. He was quiet but contributory, with a quick wit and an easy-going manner. […]

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Words, Words Everywhere and Barely a Piece to Write

February 13, 2013

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I don’t have writer’s block–I’m certain of that. I actually have a million ideas revolving around in my head, and I keep meeting interesting people and enjoying amazing experiences that would all be worth writing about. The challenge truly is finding the time. Teaching four classes is invigorating, and my students inspire me every day. […]

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Am spending a wonderful morning in my En

January 24, 2013

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Am spending a wonderful morning in my Enterprise Reporting class with Cynthia Selfe of the Ohio State English Department learning to put storytelling into journalism and how to show emotion within facts. She is amazing, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have such inspirational colleagues in other departments willing to share their time, energy and […]

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No Shortage of Ethical Issues Around Here

January 20, 2013

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When our school director asked me to teach Media Law and Ethics this semester, I thought, “That could be interesting.” I had taken the media law course twice–as an undergraduate at Temple University and as a graduate student at Ohio State, and as a journalist for more than 20 years, I had faced my fair […]

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College Freakonomics: Learning How to Learn and Surviving a Screw Up

January 4, 2013

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My podcast obsession recently led me to Freakonomics radio, where I clicked on the two-part “Freakonomics Goes to College.” Part 1 was a look at how shockingly easily a college education can be falsified through online classes at for-profit colleges, or even the simple purchase of a diploma (for $180 I can get a degree […]

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Ohio State of the Silicon Valley: The Future of Education comes to Life at Apple Inc.

December 15, 2012

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Entrenched for the second straight day in a glass-enclosed, wood-accented conference room in the heart of the Apple campus in Cupertino, Calif., there came a sudden realization: The future of education was unfolding right in front of me. I sat amid 20 intelligent and inspiring colleagues, most of whom I had only met two days […]

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