Google Docs “Writing to Learn” Activity

I created a fresh Google Docs page with a few prompts, and shared it with all my journalism students. After a few minutes, they started to flesh it out with responses. The different-colored cursors represent where each student was working in the document. The energy level was very high. I delivered a running commentary… “Good call, changing ‘extraneous’ to ‘superfluous,’ Stephanie,” or “Elisa, that was a great idea, introducing the…

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A Shattered Nation Longs To Care About Stupid Bullshit Again

Painfully funny-because-it’s-true satire from The Onion’s original coverage of the 9-11 terror attacks. According to Georgetown University history professor Timothy Schuitt, our interest in stupid bullshit is what makes America great. “The United States is a free country, a strong country, a prosperous country,” Schuitt said. “Many veterans gave their lives so we would have the right to focus our attention and energies on the DVD release of Joe Dirt,…

Rare find discovered amid town’s Old West kitsch

Instead of dispensing a card like Zoltar, the Gypsy would actually speak your fortune from a hidden record player. When you dropped a nickel in the slot, her eyes would flash, her teeth would chatter and her voice would come floating from a tube extending out of the eight-foot-tall box. Word got out when the Montana Heritage Commission began restoring the Gypsy more than five years ago, and collectors realized…

Black holes turn into fuzzballs and destroy a thousand sci-fi plots

Until today, the understanding I had of black holes was as a spherical “event horizon” with a singularity at the centre. The event horizon is the surface of no return – anything which goes past it can never escape. The singularity is where quantum gravity kicks in, and is very handy for evading the speed-of-light limit in science fiction plots, where it functions as a gateway to a wormhole which…

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Seton Hill University’s New Media Journalism Program Named One of Pittsburgh Magazine’s “12 Smart Majors That Will Land You a Job After Graduation”

Journalism — New Media » It’s the inevitable stain on every single college commencement, an abominable cliché that speakers use as an ice-breaker: At some point during the address to graduates, the keynote talking-head will deadpan, “And now you will all go on to rewarding careers—except for the English majors.” Hardy-har. But just because the print business is struggling doesn’t mean the industry is necessarily shrinking. If anything, opportunities are…