The Less Sedentary Academic

Among my goals for 2013 is to be more active on a daily basis, beyond regular workouts. Every day, there seems to be a new study on the health dangers of pure sitting — and every day, I think to myself, I really need to get up and move around more. Unfortunately, though I stand …

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Media Economics Classroom Activity

Update, 8/3/2013: I’m honored that this activity was selected as one of the top 25 “Great Ideas for Teachers” in this year’s competition at AEJMC! I will present it in the poster session on Thursday, August 8. For those of you who stop(ped) by the poster, here’s the promised PDF of all the necessary materials for …

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Digital Tools I Wish Students Used

At the start of this new academic year, I thought I’d share some of the digital tools I wish students would use. These aren’t apps requiring particular hardware, but just online tools that are free (or very cheap) and that could make the life of the contemporary student so much easier. So, dear students: here’s …

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New Models for News: PBS MediaShift Posts

I have two new stories up at PBS MediaShift in the last week: Gingras to AEJMC: Journalism Educators Must Embrace Change, Look Forward How National Geographic Used Cowbird Storytelling Tool to Tell a Reservation’s Whole Story The common thread between these two posts, I think, is that both exemplify the need and potential for new …

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Summer Research Project: City Magazines

I haven’t blogged much this summer because I’ve been hard at work on a research project, funded through a Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant at Linfield. The grant has given me the chance to purchase magazines for analysis and — best of all — hire a terrific student research assistant, Jaimie L. McDonald, for the summer. …

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Collecting Course Website Posts with Anthologize

I’ve built self-hosted websites in WordPress for two courses I teach regularly, and this semester, I added a new plugin: Anthologize. It’s a WordPress plugin that allows you to easily create PDF or ebook collections of your blog posts. Here’s the PDF that Anthologize created for my Introduction to Mass Communication (MSCM 150) course. It’s not …

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