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Following the 10 Commandments of Magazine Writing

June 10, 2012

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I will start by saying this blog has nothing to do with religion, despite its title, which I will admit I stole from This American Life, as opposed to the Bible. Ira Glass in 2007 did an episode called “Ten Commandments,” and featured stories of people struggling to follow the commandments. But neither Ira, nor […]

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 […]

Fallacy, Lies, Retraction–All Part of a Daisey Day in ‘This American Life’

March 22, 2012

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The title of this week’s episode of “This American Life” left no doubt about its theme. It was called “Retraction,” and it told the story, with raw honesty and naked regret, of how Ira Glass’ acclaimed and award-winning Public Radio broadcast aired a report on the Chinese workers making Apple products, which was filled with […]

Amid Endings and Beginnings, I Remain a Daydream Believer

March 4, 2012

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“Daydream Believer” is on iTunes as I started typing, and I know I can choose for it to lead me into melancholy, or I can just sing along and pretend I am again 10 years old, with my hairbrush for a microphone, dueting with my beloved Davy Jones and The Monkees. Davy Jones, of course, […]

The Key to Journalism Success: Learn to Fiddle

February 18, 2012

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Unlike a lot of more classically focused professors, just about all of my training has been on the job, as opposed to in a classroom. To be a reporter, I decided to skip my college paper and head straight for our community’s chain of weekly newspapers, which gave me my own beat for 10 hours […]

Dinner Stomach vs. Dessert Stomach–It’s Just a Story Idea to Me

January 9, 2012

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My son’s private little secret is now public–in the January issue of Columbus Monthly. The Body Brigade moved from Danny’s imaginative way to get me to give him dessert, to the back page column in Monthly called “Finale” (see below). It’s a little narrative about the Lilliputian-sized people who Danny says live in his body […]

Life With the iPhone

December 13, 2011

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I finally got the iPhone this past quarter, and it might just be the greatest thing I have ever owned (although I’m pretty fond of my house and Subaru Outback, too). It’s funny, but when I went to the Easton Apple store to get it, it wasn’t like making other purchases–I have money, now give […]

Good Writing for the Ear is the Future of Radio

November 18, 2011

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We had a fascinating discussion today with five prominent Columbus radio personalities who shared the good, bad and ugly of a career in radio. Dino Tripodis of WSNY, 94.7 FM, Dan Orr of WLVQ, Dan Mushalko of WCBE, my student Sam Obermeyer of Scarlet & Gray Radio and Mike Thompson of WOSU joined Doug Dangler […]

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 […]