So this week I’ve really only had one thing on my mind… someone to cuddle with, to spend my long nights of homework and netflixing beside, someone to love me unconditionally. Three little letters, but no, not a boy… but a dog. Yep, that’s right, a dog. Don’t get me wrong, there have been plenty of other things to preoccupy my mind for a bit (school, amongst various other things), but I keep finding myself going right back to the idea of having a dog. It’s occurred to me that I feel like I’m missing something in my life lately, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a furry, four-legged friend. Not having lived with my mother for three years now, I’ve noticed I’ve missed having the pups around. Since the fifth grade, I’ve always had a dog pulling at my pant legs and it’s been a little lonely…

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February 1, 2013 at 7:51 pm Leave a comment

Online Journalism

So that month flew past. I just finished teaching a five-days-a-week class August 6.

I start the second iteration next Monday.

Some lessons learned:

1 Beats are absolutely necessary. Otherwise the stories are all over the map.

2 iMovie is a good place to start but any sophisticated news package needs Final Cut or Premiere. Allow students to choose Premiere if they already know it. Otherwise it’s FC.

3 Capstone projects must be done by a larger group (4) to spread the workload.

4 Absolutely require regular blog updates. No exceptions.

5 Require daily tweets tied to the individual student blog.

6 Shoot the Monday news meeting and post it online immediately.

See you next week on Cards Eye View!

August 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm Leave a comment

BP Oil, Mel Gibson and Financial Reform

That’s what the MSM (mainstream media) reported as big stories this past week.

Here at the University of Louisville it was pizza, the tan tax, books vs. movies, an 85-year-old student and the IT store.

What better example of “The News” being merely what any organization with a voice says it is.

Keep checking

for our take on what is new.

July 18, 2010 at 4:31 am 1 comment

Post-mortem on first stories

Today we talk about our reporting for Card’s Eye View.  You can see it here.

Let me know what you think!

July 16, 2010 at 3:56 am Leave a comment

Twitter me this

It’s  been seven days of  five-time-a-week meetings in my new Online Journalism class. Everyone went out to shoot stories on Tuesday and all but one pair had to punt. The stories will appear here and at by Friday at the latest.

July 15, 2010 at 4:26 am Leave a comment

Third day of class

We all are creating WordPress

blogs today.  There are eight

 students in classs.

July 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm 3 comments

Next 5, 30 in 30

I’ve found religion in the redbox. This takes me 1/3 of the way through my month of movies.

6 Inglorious Basterds. 8 of 10
Walz deserved the Oscar.

7 Amelia. 6 of 10
Hillary swings for the fences, and misses.

8 Sherlock Holmes. 8 of 10
Sherlock Begins. And they’re gay for each other.

9 District Nine. 9 of 10
I’ll never enjoy bang bang shrimp as much again.

10 Zombieland. 7 of 10
Woody from Cheers finds a second career as B-movie icon.

April 30, 2010 at 11:55 am 1 comment

First 5, 30 in 30

So I rented:

Up in the Air         9 of 10

Clooney proves why he’s the Cary Grant of our time.

Julie and Julia       9 of 10

As close to a perfect movie as you can get.  Lose the blogger, though.

The Lovely Bones 7 of 10

Peter Jackson goes all lyrical after Middle Earth.

The Proposal          7 of 10

As RomComs go, not a bad one.  Props to Betty White!

Crazy Heart             9 of 10

Liked this in the 1980s when it was called Tender Mercies


So I unwittingly have examined the recent oeuvre of Stanley Tucci, without realizing it.   He’s in both Julie and Julia and The Lovely Bones.

So to recap: I just discovered Redbox.  I and am filling in my movie watching scarcity with 30 movies in 30 days.

25 to go

April 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm 1 comment

30 in 30

Wow. It’s been three months since I posted. Here’s what Imma do now– invest $30 to watch 30 movies from Redbox in 30 days. I’ll post mini reviews here.

Redbox is awesome. Just wish they had the Blue Ray.

Suggestions welcome. I have seen very few movies in theaters so nearly everything in a Redbox is unwatched by me.

April 20, 2010 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

Twitter as top-10 tool

I’m requiring all my News writing students to open a twitter account and follow a special account I created for the class.  You’re welcome to peek–it’s  Although we did this as a brief exercise in class only half of them are following.

So this means one of two things:

1) Twitter is difficult to join

2) Half of them are going to drop the class.

I’m fairly certain it’s choice 1.  What surprises me is that I think of this process as simple and transparent.  And I thought students were more internet-savvy than everyone else.  But apparently there is something difficult for half of them to these simple directions I’ll lift right off Blackboard:

1) Create an account at

2) follow

What do you think?

January 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm 2 comments

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