Monthly Archives: January 2013

A life in newspapers

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An anti-drug agent hikes up a steep hillside during a poppy-eradication mission in Mexico.

Today in Intro to Mass Communication we are going to talk about newspapers, which turns out to be one of the least favorite topics among students I’ve surveyed.

We’ll also look at America’s greatest newspaper rivalry: William Randolph Hearst vs. Joseph Pulitzer.

I grew up around newspapers and, yes, I even had a paper route. I delivered the Cedar Falls Record in Iowa.

Later I worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for 24 years and so, unlike my students, I am an unabashed supporter of newspapers. Continue reading

Snakes, interviewing, finding news and other slippery topics

IMG_7719Today in Magazine Writing class we’re going to talk about the immensity of the World Wide Web, the importance of including news even in feature stories, and conducting interviews.