Ellen Goodman Retires, Shares Her Column-Writing Tips

It would have been difficult to write about columnist Ellen Goodman without writing in first person. I grew up reading Goodman’s nationally syndicated columns and often looked to her as a role model. I’m going to miss her writing now that she’s retiring. Last week, after hearing about Goodman’s retirement, I set up an interviewContinue reading “Ellen Goodman Retires, Shares Her Column-Writing Tips”

Gilbert: ‘Investigative Reporting Our Best Argument for Relevance’

Earlier this month I interviewed Bristol Herald Courier investigative reporter Daniel Gilbert about his eight-part series on lingering conflicts over the ownership of coal-bed methane gas in Buchanan County, Va. The conflicts led to thousands of owners getting cheated out of money that they should have received for use of their property. Gilbert spent 13Continue reading “Gilbert: ‘Investigative Reporting Our Best Argument for Relevance’”

Recent Poynter Online Stories, Chats

Here’s a latest sampling of my recent Poynter Online stories. Angier: Newspaper Science Reporting Is ‘Basically Going out of Existence’ (This story has generated some interesting discussions …) Help-Portrait Founder: ‘Photography is a Chance to Feel a Sense of Dignity’ Public TV, Radio Stations to Increase Local Investigative Coverage I’ve also gotten to moderate someContinue reading “Recent Poynter Online Stories, Chats”

What ‘The Daily Show’ Writers & Producers Think about the Media

About a week and a half ago, I tweeted: ” ‘Daily Show’ watchers: What are some of your favorite clips? Which ones have you found to be most clever, convincing?” I was planning to write a story about “The Daily Show” and wanted to learn more from readers about the kinds of clips they like.Continue reading “What ‘The Daily Show’ Writers & Producers Think about the Media”

Recent Poynter Online Stories about Student Journalists, Online Startups and More

I’ve gotten to write some fun stories lately about innovative college students, online news startups and news consumers donating to good causes they hear about in the news. Here’s some of my most recent Poynter Online work: “Texas Tribune’s Launch ‘Just the Beginning’ of Databases, What’s to Come,” Nov. 4 “CoPress Pushes Innovation, Shows ValueContinue reading “Recent Poynter Online Stories about Student Journalists, Online Startups and More”

Why Twitter Matters to Journalism

A University of Tampa student recently asked for my input regarding the use of Twitter in the journalism world. She reached out to me for comment, but didn’t end up writing the story.  So, for what it’s worth, I’m posting her questions and my answers here. Feel free to disagree with, or expand on, myContinue reading “Why Twitter Matters to Journalism”

Looking for Ways to Recognize the 75th Anniversary of Providence College’s Student Newspaper, The Cowl

Wednesday nights used to be “put the paper to bed and forget about sleep” nights.  As editor-in-chief of Providence College‘s student newspaper, The Cowl, I’d often stay up until 4 a.m. or 5  a.m. editing final versions of stories, re-reading headlines and making sure the paper didn’t contain any glaring errors. Perfectionism often kept meContinue reading “Looking for Ways to Recognize the 75th Anniversary of Providence College’s Student Newspaper, The Cowl”

Meeting Three Journalism Pioneers: Koppel, Schieffer and Brokaw

This week, I met Ted Koppel when he came to The Poynter Institute Monday night to talk about the state of the media. I live blogged Koppel’s talk for Poynter Online and then wrote a recap of what he had to say. One of the topics he talked about at length was social media andContinue reading “Meeting Three Journalism Pioneers: Koppel, Schieffer and Brokaw”

Recent Poynter Online Stories about Orange County Register, Kansas City Star Columnists

My last two stories for Poynter Online have been about two columnists who made headlines after making decisions that readers and journalists found fault with. The most recent story, published Thursday on Poynter Online, talks about the backstory behind a sports column that the Orange County Register‘s Mark Whicker wrote earlier this week. In theContinue reading “Recent Poynter Online Stories about Orange County Register, Kansas City Star Columnists”

Learning the Craft of Journalism from Providence College’s Roy Peter Clark ’70 & John Quinn ’45

While in college I regularly sought guidance and support from journalists whose work I admired. My alma mater, Providence College, didn’t have a journalism school,  so internships, editing my college newspaper and having mentors helped teach me the skills I needed to pursue a career as a journalist and have any chance of succeeding. InContinue reading “Learning the Craft of Journalism from Providence College’s Roy Peter Clark ’70 & John Quinn ’45”