A personal perspective on the Trenton Makes Music project






People who know me credit me with a few talents – but musical ability isn’t one of them. Not only am I not a musician, I have no background in music journalism So, it should come as no surprise that one of the questions I’m often asked about the motivation and inspiration behind my current […]

The DNC and the politics of accessibility






The Democratic National Convention took place from July 25-28 in Philadelphia PA, and while everyone was focused on the protests over the nomination process, there were some conflicts over decisions made by the DNC and the local host committee. One particularly contentious local issue that got little national attention was the DNC’s and Philadelphia mayor’s deal […]

Are you voting in today’s Pennsylvania Primary?






My Spring, 2016 political reporting class is conducting team coverage of today’s primary vote in Pennsylvania. We have compiled a short survey to learn about voters’ experience as they go to the polls today. Please take a few minutes to help us out by completing the survey here: http://goo.gl/forms/uOWk261M9I. Also, if you use Twitter, we […]

A Post-#Ferguson Reflection






This is the morning after a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the August 9, 2014 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. I watched St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s announcement, said a prayer for Brown’s family, the people of Ferguson and the protestors who filled the streets outside the […]

Tip sheet: Writing stories based on data






In getting ready for a new semester, I came across this tip sheet from a computer-assisted reporting class I taught a decade ago. Hivemind, what would you add or change to make it relevant to today’s media landscape? One thing I would add would be some tips on automating data collection. Writing stories based on […]

Particulate Matter: What is it and what does it do






Particulate Matter (PM) is a mix of solid and liquid pollutants that can be separated into the two categories depending on their size. PM2.5 are fine particles that are 2.5 micrometers in diameter; PM10 are coarse particles that are between 2.5 and 10 micrometers. Additionally, there is a category known as ultrafine particles, which are […]

Particulate Matter Pollution






John Irvine Particulate Matter Professor Pearson November 22, 2013   Imagine a middle-aged person who has plenty of living left to do, and many dreams still left to fulfill with the years that s/he has left.  Now steal from that person the last ten years of her/his life, along with all of those aspirations that […]

Particulate Matter: Impacts






Rules and Regulations for PM + Impacts Public concern regarding air quality issues was brought to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) attention on many occasions. For instance, in 2010, environmental groups and government agencies raised a number of issues through lawsuits and petitions for reassessments of […]