Category Archives: Chapter 1

Live Blogging Everest Tragedy

Mt. Everest is seemingly one of the most remote places on earth, but when news breaks there, we are often able to get up-to-date news there from connected climbers and journalists who can post photos, videos, and text to their … Continue reading

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Who is the Press?

One question that’s pretty hard to answer these days is “Who is a reporter?” Is this someone who works for a newspaper?  A television station? A radio network?  Most folks would say, yes, these people are reporters. But as I … Continue reading

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Pre-Class Video: Ground Control to Cmdr. Hadfield

Today’s pre-class video is brought to you from outer space by former Canadian astronaut and commander of the International Space Station, Cmdr. Chris Hadfield.  He recorded this video of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” while on the ISS in 2013.  You … Continue reading

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Katie Couric leaves “mainstream media” for…. mainstream media?

You would be hard pressed to find anyone in the media business more mainstream that news anchor/personality Katie Couric.  She represents everything that characterizes legacy media.  She’s had interviews with all the big stars from Hollywood to D.C. She’s a … Continue reading

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First Media Memories – Part III

The final set of my media literacy students’ first media memories:  Dragon Tales – “Max and Emmy are the main characters who are able to touch a magical dragon scale and travel to a place called Dragon Land. In Dragon … Continue reading

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First Media Memories – Part II

More first media memories from my Global Media Literacy class (updated 8/28/13): Social media website Bebo. “When asked, the social media website Bebo and instant messaging program MSN were the first medias that popped into my head.”“My media memory is … Continue reading

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First Media Memories – Part I

This week in my Global Media Literacy class we’ve been talking about our first media memories.  I’ve put together a list of links below based on what the students in my class (who are all freshmen or sophomores) have talked … Continue reading

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Fred Rogers reminds us to “look for the helpers”

There is an old quote from children’s television host Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) that started spreading virally following the Newtown massacre in December.  It goes like this: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the … Continue reading

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When Super Bowls Turn Naughty – Do We Care?

During the 2004 Super Bowl, singer Janet Jackson exposed her nipple for 9/16ths of a second, resulting in 8 years of litigation over whether CBS would have to pay a $500,000 fine for the “fleeting nudity.”  In the end, courts … Continue reading

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Watching the Inauguration

In my book, Mass Communication: Living in a Media World, I present “The seven truths ‘they’ don’t want you to know about the media.” These are essentially the seven thesis statements of the book, but that sounds so boring, so … Continue reading

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