Literacy Limps Into the Kill Zone

The very nature of e-mail (which, along with first cousins IM and text messaging, is an undeniably handy means of chatting) encourages sloppy “penmanship,” as it were. Its speed and informality sing a siren song of incompetent communication, a virtual hooker beckoning to the drunken sailor as he staggers along the wharf. But it’s not enough to simply vomit out of your fingers. It’s important to say what you mean…

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What's On Your Office Door?

–What’s On Your Office Door? (Pedablogue) Left to right: Pittsburgh goes blog wild! I’m not featured in this article, but my blog is one of the many that’s aggregated on this site. Rules Grammar Change and School ‘Fine’ U.S. Teens Report Grad Student Deconstructs Take-out Menu On the door itself — just the institutional nameplate, a buisness card (for visitors to take, if they wish — I should put some more…

Teaching the future of journalism

In the past year, newsrooms have begun to treat convergence differently, to see it as a solar system of loosely connected functions, rather than a hard-wired fusion of media. As bloggers and independent niche online publishers attract fast-growing audiences, media executives feel pressed to invest in experimentation. They seem more aware that prizes go to the swift, the nimble and the daring. –Larry Pryor –Teaching the future of journalism (Online Journalism…

A Win-Win-Win Situation

Tell your professors face to face every time you will be gone, I urged the baseball team, and express your eagerness to make up any missed work. Even more important, when you?re in class, show the professor that you are there to learn. Just as you know how to position yourselves on the diamond, learn how to position yourself in the classroom – front and center, preferably, and definitely not…