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Video Blogging Examples for my Commentary Students

My Blogging and Commentary students are hard at work right now on their video blogging assignments, so I thought I would put up some links to work by former students from this class and also just some fun examples I’ve … Continue reading

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Kathleen Parker for my commentary students – 2013

My commentary and blogging students are reading Kathleen Parker for class this week.  She’s one of my favorite columnists because she is always challenging conventional labels.  No Dreaded Talking Points from Parker! Class (and everyone else) here are her Pulitzer … Continue reading

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Columnists for my commentary class – 2013

Here are links to a number of columnists and columnist index pages from newspapers around the country for my commentary writing students, and anyone else who’s interested. National Columnists Leonard Pitts, Miami Herald 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist.  His column written in response … Continue reading

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Blogs From My Commentary Class

As I mentioned the other day, I’m teaching commentary and blogging this semester, and I’ve got an interesting group of students who will be commenting on just about everything over the semester.  Here are their blogs! Eric Nelson – nelsonej2’s … Continue reading

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NY Times v. Guy Fieri – The News Value of a Brutal Review

You may have heard that last week New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells absolutely savaged Food Network host Guy Fieri’s new Times Square restaurant Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar. The review, written entirely as a series of questions, suggests that … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

Can a woman express opinions on the Internet without threats of sexual violence? Laurie Penny has her doubts.  Should we be frightened that Harry Potter director David Yates is working on a big screen Dr. Who reboot? Ashamed to say … Continue reading

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Patriot-News Devotes Front Page to Editorial on Penn State Scandal

The Harrisburg Patriot-News ran a front-page editorial on Tuesday calling on Penn State University President Graham Spanier to resign over his failure to “do what is right – for his school, or more importantly for the alleged victims of coaching … Continue reading

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David Frum & the Problem with “Balanced” Commentary

UPDATED: (Here’s a link to Frum’s farewell conversation on the show.) Today, center-right commentator David Frum stepped down in his role as a commentator for American Public Media‘s business radio news show Marketplace. Frum, a former speech writer for George W. Bush, has … Continue reading

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Video Blogs, Part 2

Here is the second round of video blog entries from my commentary students.  You can see the first round here. Alison Sievers – Homesick for Homaha Jay Sloan – Top 5 songs of all time Note from your editor: He … Continue reading

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Video blogs from my students, then and now

My commentary students are currently posting their video blog entries, in some cases somewhat against their will. And that’s actually the point of this assignment. I want them all to get used to the idea of creating and posting video. … Continue reading

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