FOX-13 Memphis feel-good story has gaping holes, ignores Commercial Appeal original

FOX-13 Memphis feel-good story has gaping holes, ignores Commercial Appeal original

You may have seen the miracle story on Facebook. What a feel-good headline! Beacon of hope! Such a feel-good meme: all it takes to go to college is a little hard work, a little hustle. Everyone can do this! Fits right into the American myth about success being just a matter of effort. (Don't believe me? Read the FB comments.) I'm thrilled that a straight A student athlete is headed to college. I'm appalled that this FOX-13 news story is being presented as a great way to get there. Because there are more than a few niggles in this typical-for-TV-news "thin" story. Child labor law Now 17 years old, Kevuntez King began selling newspapers on a busy street corner when he was 12 after he was "given the opportunity" to sell the papers. What does given the opportunity mean? Who gave him the "opportunity"? The reporter makes it sound like…continue reading →
Making science fun: ASAP Science videos should be on everyone’s weekly watch list

Making science fun: ASAP Science videos should be on everyone’s weekly watch list

Science, technology, engineering and math, aka STEM, are key areas of knowledge for the 21st century. Heck, they were key in the 20th century, too! Remember JFK and the moon challenge as well as his tribute to science on the 100th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences? Recent scientific advances have not only made international cooperation desirable, but they have made it essential. The ocean, the atmosphere, outer space, belong not to one nation or one ideology, but to all mankind, and as science carries out its tasks in the years ahead, it must enlist all its own disciplines, all nations prepared for the scientific quest, and all men capable of sympathizing with the scientific impulse. (emphasis added) How do we create an environment where science (my shorthand) is valued, where "all men" have an appreciation for science? Where denialism is a thing of the past? Because in today's…continue reading →

The First College Journalism Students

Paper submitted to be considered for presentation at the national convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, History Division, Washington, D.C., 9-12 August 1995. THE FIRST COLLEGE JOURNALISM STUDENTS: ANSWERING ROBERT E. LEE'S OFFER OF A HIGHER EDUCATION by Joseph A. Mirando, Ph.D. Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, LA 70402 office: (504)549-3374 fax: (504)549-5014 Readable copy made from listserv entry. …continue reading →