Aspiring journalists, stop with the “email interviews”

Whenever I give journalism students assignments that require interviews, it’s inevitable that someone will ask whether email interviews are acceptable. And invariably, my responses are: In-person, Skype, Google Hangout or telephone interviews are preferable. A text chat is better than an email exchange. If email is the only option, call it an exchange, not an […]

Practical advice for journalism students

In every journalism class I teach, I have a session or two on some practical matters that fall under the heading, “Things I wish someone had told me when I was your age.” The tips often have to do with issues I have confronted on the job that weren’t part of the curriculum or management […]

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 […]