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The Baptism of Peter Kaplan, Cub Reporter

Among the many stellar reporters who wrote for (MORE), a journalism review founded by J. Anthony Lukas and Richard Pollak, quite a few have passed on to the Great Clippings File in the Sky. One I would not have expected to die before my committee signed the front page of my dissertation on the topic […]

Marist Communication Capping 2013 Outside Assessor Form

The following link is for outside assessors of student projects in my fall, 2013 section of the communication major capstone course at Marist College.

AEJMC Magazine Division Call for Panel Proposals for 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Magazine Division of AEJMC invites calls for panel proposals for the 2014 conference, to be held in Montreal, Quebec. The deadline for submissions is October 1. At this time, we are soliciting ideas for panel ideas in three categories: TEACHING: Panels that discuss the state of the art in pedagogy: syllabus construction, grading, technology, classroom ethics, or any other panel on best practices or […]

FREE-lancing: The ethics and economics of paying writers with exposure and a byline, an AEJMC Magazine Division panel

On Friday, August 9, the Magazine Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication sponsored a panel to discuss the “ethics and economics” of unpaid freelancing. Is it OK, the panel asked, for editors to ask journalists to give them stories in exchange for “exposure”? Is there ever a time when a […]

Journalistic “Truth survives more comfortably at a distance”: Tony Lukas’s “Afghanistan Principle”

As I monitor the news and the way that the U.S. government has chilled the speech of the institutional press of late; and as I work on the final stages of my dissertation, in which David Halberstam and J. Anthony Lukas play roles (Lukas a major one), I am reminded of Tony Lukas’s “Afghanistan Principle” […]

What is the right mix of skepticism and credulity for a journalist in dealing with conspiracy theories?

I originally posted this at Reddit if you want to follow the discussion there: My two favorite conspiracy theories of the day have made me think about an important question for journalists regarding credibility and the watchdog role: The Michael Hastings foul play conspiracy The TWA Flight 800 missile conspiracy There’s an official story for each […]

Barbara Walters, Lowell Thomas, and “as beautiful a blonde as you’d ever hope to see”

The occasion of Barbara Walters announcing her retirement seems as good a time as any to share this anecdote, one which I still find to be shrouded in some mystery. I teach journalism in a building at Marist College named for the broadcasting legend Lowell Thomas. Thomas found his real fame with his travelogues (the […]

AEJMC President releases statement urging caution on the prosecution of whistleblowers

Kyu Ho Youm, the president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication has issued a statement on behalf of the organization (of which I am both a member and a division officer), urging caution in the prosecution of government leakers and whistleblowers. Here is the text of the statement: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: […]

Is it fair to mock China Daily for “falling for” an Onion article calling Kim Jong Un the sexiest man alive?

As the Associated Press and the New York Times blog The Lede (though theyweren’t alone; the piece, aided by AP memberships, got wide distribution) reported today, China Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China, ran a short piece on its web site, in both English and Chinese, reporting that The Onion—which we […]

2013 Call for Papers: Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference

THE JOINT JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATION HISTORY CONFERENCE (The American Journalism Historians Association and the AEJMC History Division joint spring meeting) When: SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2013 Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Place: Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University, 20 Cooper Square, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003 (website: http://journalism.nyu.edu/) Cost: $50 (includes continental […]