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@wvancamp Thank you so much! Thanks for reading and commenting.
3 days, 13 hours 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!
1 month 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!
1 month, 1 week ago on Why I Post So Many Media Jobs
@patricksplace I would have to rewrite it until it did.
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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?
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 3 weeks 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.
3 months, 1 week 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!
3 months, 3 weeks 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!
4 months 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.
4 months ago on Pub Manual 101: Newsroom Phone Etiquette
Hmm... I'm not so sure about being a 5-minute teacher. Maybe I don't understand the concept?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Book Recommendation: The 5 Minute Teacher by Mark Barnes #100books
@TammyL Thank you for the recommendations, Tammy!
5 months, 1 week ago on My June Reading Challenge Update #150Books
I work much better in the morning. If I can just get myself from the bed to the shower at a decent time, the rest of the day is golden.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Is There Really a Perfect Time to Blog?
Are we sure it's because of online shopping? Frankly, I like going to outdoor shopping centers more than malls these days. However, I can tell you that the teens around here still hang out at the mall like it's a job.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on R.I.P., Great American Shopping Mall
@audaciouslady Yes, I still use them. That may not be the correct link. I would just search via your plug-ins tab in WP.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on My Toolbox
@KDillabough This gives me hope that I can and will get better at saying no with more experience in doing so. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Your perspective means a lot to me, Kaarina.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Quotable: Saying No
@mssackstein I also do rewrites on journalistic stories, sometimes several times. In the end, students get an average of all of their grades on the writing. However, the better it is, the greater their chance of being published in student media.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on “Miss, can I get some extra credit?”
Wow! I bet the X post was tough!
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Saturday Six #532
People want hard news about issues about which they care. They will consume everything they can about something that impacts their lives.
6 months ago on Do News Consumers Really Hate Hard News?
I almost always give a bonus paper in my classes to replace the lowest grade on a regular paper. However, I do not allow it to replace a zero. If you didn't bother the first time, I'm not going to do extra work for you at the end.
6 months ago on “Miss, can I get some extra credit?”
I'm not sure how publicly praising or using a product in public can NOT be an endorsement.
6 months ago on Dr. Oz Grilled By Congress Over ‘Weight Loss Miracle’ Claims
This is a great list, Gini. I read Nos. 1, 2 and 5. I didn't like The Dinner, but the concept was interesting. I added No. 3 to my reading list. I love that you're doing this. People always are looking for something to read.
6 months, 1 week ago on Summer Reading: Five Novels and One Business Book
I'm not sure our blog design is ever 100 percent what we want. It's an ongoing process. Unfortunately, the last time I tried to alter mine, I messed it all up and had to restore to an older version. I guess it's all part of learning, right?
6 months, 1 week ago on A New Blog Design, But Still Not 100% What I Want
@TammyL You should try Ann Rule. I really love her writing. The Stranger Beside Me is about her personal relationship with Ted Bundy. They were friends and she was writing about his murders while they were happening. How crazy is that? It's a great book.
7 months ago on Book Review: Green River, Running Red #150Books
@Soulati | Hybrid PR I've been a bit more active on LinkedIn lately because I was teaching social media marketing and my students wanted to know specifically about it. I increased my presence for teaching purposes. However, it's difficult to justify spending much time there unless you're doing it for business or on a job search.
7 months, 1 week ago on I’ll Never Forget The Glory Days Of Twitter
My high school algebra teacher told us: "You have to learn algebra to graduate. If you don't graduate, you'll spend the rest of your life slinging tacos at Taco Tico." Well played, Mrs. Poplin. Well played.
7 months, 1 week ago on “Miss, Why does this matter?”
I still love Twitter. It is my favorite social medium because it is most like a conversation. I'm sad to read that you aren't getting much out of it.
We like the lists we're on. That's the thing I find so interesting. If we're not on the list, we may not see the value. If we are, we love it.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on People Lists: Love’m, Hate’m, Got to Click
I like post dates because I also want to know when things were written. However, I do repost evergreen content from time-to-time. I read through it first to see if it should be updated. I prefer these types of posts because I can use them repeatedly in classes. They're really more like "handouts" or teaching tools.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Omitting Post Dates? You Have a New Responsibility!
@KDillabough First, Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day! I'll tell you on Facebook too, so it's "real." ;)
I fly through my fiction, but spend a lot more time on non-fiction. I noticed last night that I don't have much fiction that I'm really interested in on my reading list. I think it's time for a trip to the bookstore!
Do you finish books you don't like? That's what slowed me down a bit in April. I started three books that I didn't like, then dropped them. I just can't force myself to read a book that I don't enjoy.
Thanks, as always, for taking the time to read and comment.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on My April Reading Update #150Books
Brain on Fire is my favorite book I've read so far this year. I'm also reading Thrive right now and I'm loving it.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on The pile next to the bed… what’s on your summer reading list?
@swrightboucher I forget the high volume warning more times than I care to admit. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Displaying Impeccable Twitter Manners
@tcraft They were difficult to remember because they were different from postal abbreviations. However, it doesn't look like you should delete them from your memory completely. You'll still need to use them on lists, datelines, etc.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Nerd Note: AP Changes Style for State Names in Stories
@KDillabough That's excellent advice. I'll keep it in my head for days when I need it.
8 months ago on Nerd Note: Just Write
@dinodogan Here's my honest two cents. I love the app. I'm seriously considering how this might work for broadcast journalism students as a way to distribute their electronic portfolios. It loaded a bit slowly on my phone, but nothing that caused me not to want to use it. My only real complaint about the app is that it's strange to have someone's face on my phone every time I look at the screen. Now, you're a handsome fellow, I understand, but it's a bit much each time I look at that screen. Perhaps a logo version of your name? Or maybe you want to keep this for impact. It certainly keeps you top of mind.
Are downloads going well?
8 months, 2 weeks ago on I’m Starting My Own Oprah’s Book Club Inside my App. The First Book Selection is…
Now you've made me really curious. I'm downloading it now. Don't disappoint me. No pressure. :)
@Chris Long Comic Sans always is a no in my book.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on How to Write a Professional Twitter Bio
@zoeywrites The negative people... I can't believe I didn't mention them. I can't stand it when people act all snarky, but really they're just being a jerk. I unfollow them too.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Nine reasons I ‘unfollow’ people on Twitter
@Liz Ramirez My primary question remains "Is this news?" I don't think the way they covered it was news. Lost is a television show. This tragedy was quite real. The coverage was insensitive to the families involved.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on TV Station Apologizes for Altered ‘Lost’ Poster