Recipe for Dullness: Food in (Most) Magazines

I just finished reading a recent magazine. It featured a significant food section, with decadent recipes and attractive food photography. I flipped past those pages in record time to get to something more interesting. Why? These recipes had no story. Most of my recipes today come from blogs and from cookbooks written by those bloggers that …

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Flipping the Classroom Without Flipping Out

I’m getting more and more excited about redesigning my classes this summer around the “flipped classroom” concept. (You might want to read this before going on, if you are unfamiliar with this idea. Here’s a great explainer from EDUCAUSE in PDF form.) I don’t just lecture for entire class periods — not without at least some …

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Getting Students into Digital Magazines

I was honored to be asked to present some thoughts on preparing students for working on digital magazines at this weekend’s Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Southeast Colloquium at Virginia Tech. I was on a panel with two other terrific magazine researchers and professors, Erin Coyle of Louisiana State (who also organized …

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Most Common Grammatical Errors, Spring 2012

I gave my Introduction to Media Writing students a 60-question grammar diagnostic test at the start of the spring 2012 semester. Based on the results, here are the areas we need to cover most during our course, in descending order of the frequency of missed questions: Pronouns and pronoun agreement (especially the incorrect use of they …

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