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Who covers your state legislature? A disturbing report from Pew Research, if you care about democracy

It’s well-known that digital disruption has wrecked havoc on the nation’s newsrooms. What’s less documented is how that disruption has played out on specific types of news and in specific geographic areas. Pew Research Center has analyzed number of full-time reporters covering state politics in every state. Using population as the relational variable, they’ve identified […]

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 […]


Carnival of Journalism: What is the role of a liberal arts education?

Specifically, what is the role of journalism education? The Carnival of Journalism is back (oh, yeah!) and student media is this month’s topic. At the Online News Association meeting last month, journalism education was a hot topic, with the “teaching hospital model” coming under fire. I think the issues are much much bigger than journalism. Even bigger […]

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In Canada, two publishers drop their holiday editions

The Globe & Mail (Toronto) as well as the Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette and Ottawa Citizen will not put ink to paper on Monday, a Labour Day holiday north of the border as well as here. The rationale? Insufficient advertising revenue. Newspaper publishers have clung to their print editions because the advertising revenue […]

Failure Is A Not Four-Letter Word

This is my inaugural Carnival of Journalism post; this month’s topic is “failure” — professional or personal. I chose personal but the lessons are, I believe, universal. The Carnival of Journalism is a collection of folks who think about journalism and who periodically post a reflection on a given subject. Learn how to join us. […]

Teaching Journalism Using Today’s Tools

Those of us immersed in the real-time web like Twitter and Facebook are aware of the impact these tools are having on dissemination of information about breaking news — real (Egypt, Japan) and fake (various false celebrity deaths). This week, Robert Quigley (Facebook, Twitter), the social media editor for the Austin Statesman, had students at the […]