in every day
for quality teaching and the First Amendment
FOR MY FRESHMAN high school English teacher, Jean Dahlquist at Westlake High School in Austin, that 99+ of my LinkedIn connections rate my top skill as Editing and No. 2 as Copy Editing would come as a big surprise. I sat through her class with glazed eyes much more concerned about memorizing band music than subjects and verbs.
BUT BY MY JUNIOR YEAR of college at The University of Texas, I realized why I needed to understand how to conjugate verbs and diagram sentences. One of only two electives I took in college — English Grammar and Swimming — helped me, as did taking four semesters of French, for which I got 16 credit hours of C added to my transcript, to understand not only how to write better but how to teach writing better.
NOW I STAND in front of college-level classes frustrated when college students describe “be” verbs as “something less than A verbs.” While I enjoy teaching, I just as much enjoy managing projects and finding vision within every project and looking at the big picture, not only the nitpicky details.
Workshops in 10 years
Books or book chapters authored
Years as a leader in media education
Occasionally, I say things that other people might want to read. That's what a blog is all about. I like to talk about the world of the mass media. Or my experiences traveling. Little teachable moments along the way with fun people doing fun things.READ MORE: BLOG
When you finish your bachelor's degree, you can regurgitate a broad range of knowledge. When you finish your master's degree, you learn a lot about one specific subject. But the doctoral degree means you have learned something new.READ MORE: RESEARCH
Ever year, I teach workshops around the country and world. I enjoy getting out to see new ways of doing things, meeting with a great variety of students. For me, it's also a chance to learn new things and new ways of teaching.READ MORE: WORKSHOPS
Information on everything from technique to composition to technology and evaluating photographs with a special emphasis on photojournalism and the world of the photojournalist documenting our lives.READ MORE: PHOTOJOURNALISM
You don't notice good design until it's not there. There's plenty of bad design out there. Just look around. From menus to resumes to signs, from over-used fonts to poor-quality photos, remember that presentation matters.READ MORE: DESIGN
Understanding media law and ethics is critical to the success of any journalist, budding journalist or media adviser. Find some related resources here, particularly on my interest — ethics. Read more on policy development too.READ MORE: MEDIA ADVISING, LAW AND ETHICS
Want to write better? Read more. Write often. Get critiqued and edited. Then become an editor. For all reporters and journalistic writers, find resources on interviewing, the writing process and writing.READ MORE: WRITING AND REPORTING
Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part | Good publications are never finished; you only run out of time. | Don’t think in terms of filling space or time. Think in terms of providing information. | Being first is not as important as being accurate. | Don’t forget your primary audience. With every story you tell, remember who you’re working for. | You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm