"You don't understand our audience": What I learned about network TV at Dateline NBC

A reprint of a good article that has since disappeared behind the Technology Review subscription firewall. Probably too dated to assign to my news writing students this year, so I guess I’ll just refer to it in lecture. The informational edge was perilous, it was unpredictable, and it required the news audience to be willing to learn something it did not already know. Stories from the edge were not typically…

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Look Like If The Words Are Bleeding (Collected Collegiate Student Essays, 2002-2009)

Any college professor knows the depressing feeling that comes when you stay up late marking a stack of papers, and a high percentage of students don’t even bother to pick them up.  One instructor made an art installation out of abandoned student essays.  As an instructor of art for the past 7 years, I have had the disheartening experience of encountering illiteracy at the college level with a frequency that…