Browsing All posts tagged under »Columbus Dispatch«

Give a kid a newspaper, and he will read for a lifetime

September 4, 2012

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My 11-year-old son was freaking out the other morning. It had nothing to do with breakfast or his clothes, or whether he had studied for the quiz that loomed. He was freaking because our newspaper had failed to be delivered on time. I know what you are thinking–what self-respecting 6th grader reads the newspaper? After […]

Previewing the New Columbus Dispatch, and Hoping for a Bright Shiny Future

July 12, 2012

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The offer came amid the copious content in my June 24 Sunday Columbus Dispatch: In his column, “The Inside Story,” editor Ben Marrison said not a week went by that someone didn’t seek a preview of the upcoming format change for The Dispatch–and now was our chance. “For those of you who are interested in […]

A New Beginning–Ending the Ohio State Quarter System with a Bang

May 26, 2012

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You know that feeling when you realize you haven’t blogged for a while, and you know you need to write something, and so many things have happened to blog about that it’s hard to pick a topic, and they are all timely? Welcome to my Saturday night. I am spending it as every good professor […]

Living Life, Discovering Death on Facebook

April 21, 2012

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The military is just discovering what the rest of us already knew: You can’t hide anything on Facebook. An investigation is reportedly underway to figure out how and why Ariell Taylor-Brown learned through Facebook contact with another soldier that her husband, Staff Sgt. Christopher Brown, had just been killed in Afghanistan. The military is irked […]

Learning to Read the Sports Page with Aaron Portzline

November 1, 2011

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I have breakfast with Aaron Portzline every morning. Get your mind out of then gutter–it’s not like that. Aaron is the Columbus Dispatch reporter covering our NHL team, the Blue Jackets, which has made him something like a Greek storyteller, covering triumph and tragedy, farce and frivolity. And around our house, he is a little […]

What Happens When the Art of Revision Gets Messy?

October 14, 2011

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Revision sucks. Revision, which in French means “to see again,” is the fresh vegetables of writing–it’s really good for you, and you need it in your life, but a lot of people hate it. Ignoring it doesn’t mean you don’t need it, and you surely can’t live without it. And that last part is a […]

Of Tressel, ‘Bang Bang’ and Multimedia Journalism–Closing Out the Year at Ohio State

June 5, 2011

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Life is full of surprises. Last April I could not have been more surprised when School of Communication director Dr. Carroll Glynn wrote me a one sentence email that changed my life: “Would you like to teach full-time at Ohio State?”  I had been teaching one class at OSU (my beloved magazine writing) for six […]

When Death Comes

March 26, 2011

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Randy Ludlow of the Columbus Dispatch tweeted it first at about noon Thursday: A 24-year-old woman named Meredith Wilkie died when she was struck by a tree while camping. A tragic story by any measure. But I took notice for a different reason: I knew that name. Meredith had been a student of mine in […]

Lessons Learned from the Golden Voice

February 4, 2011

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Columbus Dispatch's Doral Chenoweth and Michael Paull show what is really 'golden' to journalism students

I Read Today…

September 7, 2010

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I read today that you need to make $75,000 a year to be happy. That, according to an AP article in the Columbus Dispatch, is the launch point from which people feel comfortable in their financial standing. And that, the article said, means happiness for many. Now I now a lot of people who make […]