Seton Hill graduates its last “New Media Journalism” major this year.

The English program is not going anywhere, but Seton Hill is graduating its last “New Media Journalism” major this year. Likewise, students who graduate under the current catalog won’t get diplomas that say “Literature” or “Creative Writing.” This was a step that the English faculty took on our own initiative, in the context of a nationwide drop in Humanities majors, which had made it too expensive (in terms of faculty…

Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by America’s Flattening Curve

Another example of effective new media design, by those nasty #fakenews America-hating journalists at the New York Times. Because I’m so insecure that I can’t bear to encounter facts and professional analysis that threaten my cherished personal beliefs, I won’t click through and see for myself how scrolling through the story makes this complicated information graspable at my own pace. Because I proudly treat my ignorance like a delicate flower,…

How’s newsgathering during COVID-19 at the state level? Depends on the governor.

Journalists covering state responses to the coronavirus pandemic are hampered as officials reduce seating in briefing rooms, introduce unreliable technology and, in some cases, refuse real-time questions. Governors have also seemingly used the crisis to retaliate for critical coverage, blocking access or reducing press pools to friendlier outlets. But some state governments have pivoted with more grace, using combinations of rotating press pools, video conferencing and call lines to protect media…