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@MackCollier I appreciate your kind words. Don't worry about missing this initially. It happens to the best of us. I loved how your book was applicable to a lot of different professions. It also included great examples and was easy to read because it was entertaining and informative. Thanks for all you do, Mack.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Why Student Journalists are Campus Rock Stars
@JustisHudd I agree, Justis, that we just aren't used to having stories presented in this way, but that doesn't make it wrong. I found the transparency refreshing, actually. It seems like you did too. I wish they would just start the next season, for crying out loud!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Why Serial is Good Journalism
I did not attend this chat, partially because I'm not a millennial and I also generally hate stereotypes, including those related to generational cohorts. However, I caught some of Brian Fanzo's tweets as I was catching up on my feed last night. It occurred to me that I should have attended. It seems I could learn a lot about my students' perspectives just from watching the stream, which would help me better advise and educate them. I would imagine there are other non-millennials like myself who also would benefit from the chat. Perhaps I'll see you all there next time.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Exploring the Millennial Mindset: Introducing #MCEOTalk
Huh, I think I'm Freud. I'm not sure how I feel about this. I should ask my father...
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Daily routines of geniuses…and how mine measures up
It takes me an hour, tops. However, I was a journalist. So, knowing how long it takes me to write a piece is information I've always needed. That being said, some posts take me less time. It only takes me longer if I can't find an image or I get interrupted or distracted.
1 month ago on How Long Does it Take to Write a Blog Post?
This is awesome! I'm so excited for the Stars. I hope we win!
1 month ago on Women’s basketball competes for championship
@sclinden You are so welcome. I'm glad you found this post helpful.
1 month ago on Choosing, Training a Spokesperson
@TammyL I'm glad it's passing. I just read Lacy Eye, which I loved.
1 month ago on My Favorite Books of January
We have a seriously good women's basketball team!
2 months ago on Women’s basketball reaches season-highs
I love this post, Lauren! It really made me think. I generally don't think words can harm people. It's the meaning we attach to them that becomes harmful. But you made me think about how I would like others to describe me. I think driven, realistic, intelligent, and powerful all are words I would love to hear others use to describe me. I agree with some of your friends that "weak" is a terrible way to be described. Also, those are the exact words I would use to describe Amy.
2 months ago on What’s in a name? How descriptive words can help or hurt
I've never understood why people don't have things to write about. I absolutely always have more ideas than I have time. If they can't think of anything to write about, it suggests to me that there are flaws in their understanding of their audience, audience needs and overall blogging strategy. I agree with you, Sam. Let's stop the litter!
2 months ago on Your Blog Should Not Require A Topic Generator
I can't continue reading a blog that's poorly written. There are just too many other good options.
2 months ago on The ‘Is Grammar Important’ Blog Argument…From the Other Side
I think it's probably time for it to go. They just kept introducing more and more sex and sexual references to get past the lack of a storyline. There really was no point in watching anymore.
2 months ago on ‘Two and a Half Men’ To Bid Final Farewell
Neither! Soda is terrible for your body. We need to avoid that stuff.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Big Question #10: Coke or Pepsi?
@TammyL Are you just not enjoying the books you're choosing?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on My Favorite Books of January
@AndieMMitchell You are so welcome! It was super courageous of you to share you story. I think it will help a lot of people. I'm also loving the recipes on your blog. I'm sure you don't have much time for reading right now, but you'll get back to it. I actually have Poehler's book on reserve at the library. I'm just waiting for it to become available. Best of luck with your book and all that goes with it!
Love, love, love it! Red is my favorite color.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Have a Look at Pantone’s Color of the Year
@McNeill_Tweets It's as if they assumed no one was looking. Why on earth would a media outlet want to make that assumption?
3 months ago on Westbrook’s Rant Results in Multiple PR Fails
@KyleWallace I'm not sure I could agree more, Kyle. Thanks for reading and commenting.
@JustisHudd You seem to focus more here on personalities than the ethics of the changes and comments.
Perhaps how it might make Berry look was the reason the editors deleted the last line. However, I'd say he gets to look how he wants in his own column.
Thanks for reading and commenting, Justis.
I'm going to disagree with you, Richard. Censorship can come in many forms. For example, if the Thunder organization contact The Oklahoman and the editors then edited Berry's commentary because they were mad, I consider that censorship. Censorship can happen within organizations, although I agree with your sentiment that editing isn't censorship.
@FeliciaBrown Vernoica, you need to respond as yourself. This is unfairly representing your sister with your opinion.
Also, remember the difference between commentary and news. The column about KD was Tramel's opinion, which is what he is paid to present. Also, he did not write the headline.
@MasonJordan I assume what Tramel has done to make Westbrook mad is to be critical of his play in his commentary. This, of course, is his job as a columnist and local commentator.
I think it's totally fine for Westbrook not to like Tramel. As I wrote about, a lot of people dislike Tramel. I happen to like him, but my husband doesn't. He's divisive. That's ok.
However, even if Westbrook doesn't like Tramel, his response was unprofessional. I do think it's a PR fail. He should have responded differently in that situation. He represents his organization, not just himself. The coverage following that game should have been about his play, not his crappy attitude.
Thanks so much, Mason, for reading and commenting. You make some interesting points. I"m not sure if the public always sides with the player. I think some of that depends on the situation and the player. If it's KD, I'll bet the public is more likely to side with him than a journalist because he has a perfect public persona. Others, maybe not so much...
@BriannaBohland It's important here to note the difference between news and commentary. Berry Tramel was writing a column, which is his opinion. Therefore, it is acceptable for him to insert his views into the piece.
I disagree about your views on Westbrook's job. Yes, his primary job is to play basketball. But, as an outstanding team leader, public relations is a huge part of his job. Media relations is a part of that. By being rude to a reporter (who he doesn't have to like, but must be able to deal with professionally), he negatively represented the Thunder organization.
I think we both can agree that the focus on media coverage following this game should have best Westbrook's amazing performance. Instead, it was on the things I wrote about above. All of that could have been avoided.
Thanks you, Brianna, for reading and commenting.
@mgouker @ThinDifference @russwest44 Well, as professional basketball players, they are public people, which leaves them open to public comment and criticism.
@KendyCrusonCox I'm glad you're enjoying the list!
3 months ago on My 33 Favorite Fiction Books of 2014
@bobbyross Thanks, Bobby!
I actually wondered about the headline thing when I wrote this. I never wrote any of my headlines, so I wondered if he'd even seen that one. I also remember being none too thrilled about some of them. It stinks for the reporter that our name is the only one there when a headline is bad.
I appreciate you reading and commenting. I hope my students have some thoughtful things to say about the ethics involved in NewsOK's decision.
I like GoodReads because it allows me to keep track of what I'm reading and what I want to read. Otherwise, I forget what I've read before or, more importantly, what I stopped reading because I didn't like it.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on GoodReads & Book Challenges & My 2015 Books TBR List
@ogdeneducation I'm glad you enjoyed my list. Let me know what you think about what you read. Happy reading!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on My 41 Favorite Non-Fiction Books of 2014
@wvancamp Thank you so much! Thanks for reading and commenting.
4 months, 1 week ago on What Journalists Want for Christmas
@KimUlmanis I love my MacBook Pro. It's not a purchase you'll regret.
@RBakerNY @leaderswest I'm pretty sure everyone wants those things for Christmas.
@Elaijuh @CynthiaHenry Let's just call that a "perk."
@bmncaper I'm glad you find it helpful!
5 months, 1 week ago on This Week’s Media Jobs
@JohnBrownUniv Thank you for letting us know!
@Mediagirl007 I don't post freelance listings because most students are looking for internships or full-time work. I try to post a good mix of all mass media jobs.
Thanks for reading and commenting!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Why I Post So Many Media Jobs
@patricksplace I would have to rewrite it until it did.
6 months, 1 week ago on Poor Headlines: What’s With the Ban on Being Verbs?
@jeanniecw No pressure for Ann, but I'm looking for a mainstream book for my Mass Media Writing class. I'm hoping it's the one.
6 months, 1 week ago on 3 Reasons I Love Ann Handley – and Her Book!
I don't know Ann personally, but I just got her book, and I can't wait to read it!
I teach my students to avoid "be" verbs in headlines. There typically is a better action verb available.
I logged onto Ello, noted that I didn't really care for its interface, logged off, and now I have another social media account out there.
6 months, 1 week ago on Hello Ello: Is the Latest Social Network for You?
My bounce rate is really high. However, I have to consider one of the key features that draws people to my blog. I post a list of media jobs every Monday and media internships every Friday. These are essentially lists of links to other sites, but are a helpful feature that my readers love. So, every Monday and Friday, I encourage people to log onto my site just to leave. I'm ok with this because it's part of my site's overall purpose. In short, numbers are important, but must be considered in context.
6 months, 1 week ago on Battling the Bounce Rate
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes I agree. Smaller graphs, shorter stories and subheads/bullets all work well online. No one is interested in scrolling and scrolling, right?
6 months, 2 weeks ago on 11 Tips to Tighten Your Writing
@BruceSallan I think we may be worse about using manners with those we're closest to. I caught my kids barking orders at one another and blindly following them last night. I repeatedly said "Say thank you to your brother/sister." It's almost like they just didn't consider it.
When I was in my 20s, I saw opening doors as some kind of slight against my feminism. Now that I'm in my late 20s (see what I did there?) I love it. It's not that men think I'm not capable of opening a door, it's just the polite thing to do.
I have a potty mouth, so I can't say much about that.
In related news, I also think it's good manners to push down the next paper towel if the restroom dispenser is not automatic. I did that earlier today for a student, who was quick to tell me thank you. She did it for the person behind her, even though there was no one left in the restroom. It was a perfect example of what I was writing about here.
Thanks for reading and commenting. I just knew this one would resonate with you.
7 months ago on Quotable: Use Your Manners
I use the "2Do" app because I have so many tasks that need to be repeated on certain days of the week or from week-to-week. It helps me by automatically adding those things to my to do list. However, there are two drawbacks to the app. First, clicking a box and watching the task disappear is not nearly as fulfilling as actually crossing the item off of a list. Second, I often find more tasks rotate onto any one day's to do list than I can possibly complete. It's a bit defeating. I just start with the three most important thing and prioritize my way through the day. Whatever I don't get done, I move to the next realistic time.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on My Work Threw Up on My Bed
@JannaVenardPyle That sounds really annoying. I agree that some people talk just to hear the sound of their voice. That's not good. Plus, classes are short and there's a ton to cover. I would never want to discourage a student from asking questions, but I do hope they're respectful of their classmates (and me) in the way they ask.
Thanks so much for reading and commenting!
8 months ago on 12 Ways to Tick Off Your Professor
@WendyAllenBrunner I actually heard that we aren't suppose to put our textbooks in the library, but I do anyway. I also usually have a couple of older editions in my office that are better than nothing.
My friend Chad made some good points here about student concerns about buying books. We don't have them buy books just because we can, so it's hard to understand that some professors seem to do that and students pay a lot for books they don't need.
I agree that the way students ask the question makes a huge difference. My friend Ellen wrote a book called "Say This, Not That to Your Professor" about these exact types of issues. It's all in the manner in which the question is worded.
Thanks for providing me "Google machine" banter. :)
@marlelew Please do!
8 months, 1 week ago on Nerd Note: How Zombies Make Your Writing Active
@Tinu Thanks so much!
@James Michael Taylor Thank you so much, James. What a kind thing for you to say.
I guess my assumption on asking "who is calling" is that the person they want to talk to will take the call if they are in the newsroom. Many times the person answering the phone is the only person in the newsroom, so they typically are taking a message. You know how it is, students running in and out between classes and interviews.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I appreciate your support.
8 months, 1 week ago on Pub Manual 101: Newsroom Phone Etiquette