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The Dark, Futile Dream

UW-Whitewater is searching for a new chancellor, and so there’s a search committee, and a search consultant to guide that committee’s work.  The consultant is Dr. Jessica Kozloff, the former president of a small, undistinguished college in Pennsylvania.  (The UW System schools are, each of them, more competitive and developed than the one Dr. Kozloff…

Message Independence

Look at Whitewater, and one sees scores of groups with press releases, community announcements, or political viewpoints to publicize.  Even much smaller communities have similar conditions: a dozen people are likely to have more than a dozen views.  Each day, and especially in an election year, it helps to have the independence to offer views…

So, “How is Social Media Changing Journalism?”

At this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of media professionals to discuss how new platforms are transforming radio, TV, print, and digital. “I have always been a champion for old media flinging open its doors and allowing citizens to participate,” says radio journalist Jay Allison. Other panelists include Paula Kerger, Jon Steinberg…

New Theme

It’s time for some sprucing up around here. Over the weekend, I’ll be updating the FREE WHITEWATER theme to take advantage of new features that my older theme could not manage. There’ll be tweaks over the next two days, and perhaps a bit thereafter. This site started over seven years ago, and the software that…

The Newspaper that Touts Chilling Effects

One would think that a newspaper – in the business of printed and online speech – would wish to reduce chilling effects, that is, threats of lawsuits or government action that might intimidate citizens into refraining from the exercise of free speech rights.  One might think that about some newspapers, but for the Janesville Gazette…

Three Key Insights for Local News

I grew up reading and loving newspapers.  I didn’t aspire to write in that field; like so many others, I wanted to read what others carefully and insightfully wrote.  Love doesn’t sustain an industry; sound perspectives and tenacity sustain an industry.  The trends for newspapers are inauspicious.  See, only the latest in a long string…

The Spacing of Words to Come

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.  After jumping over the dog, the fox typed into his journal using two spaces between sentences. Over at Caffeinated Politics that there’s a light-hearted post about whether proper punctuation allows two spaces between sentences, or somehow requires only one space. See, Two Spaces After A Period…

Steps for Blogging on a Policy or Proposal

For bloggers who cover politics, policy-making, etc., just as would have been true of essayists and pamphleteers in an earlier time, it helps to have a method to one’s writing.  In the paragraphs below, I’ll list steps one should take when approaching a topic.   The steps are in a rough order, but in any…

Early Front-Runner: Worst Blog Post of 2014

The year’s just started, but we’ve an early, strong candidate for the worst blog post of 2014.   Over at the Gazette, while working a white-collar job as editorialist and blogger in blue-collar Janesville, Greg Peck has a 1.7.14 entry entitled, My job is “stressful”? Well no kidding.   Blogger Peck writes that a study…

Shirky’s ‘Shock of Inclusion’

In 2010, Clay Shirky (then at Harvard, now at NYU) wrote about the changing nature of the news business, in a concise, insightful essay entitled, The Shock of Inclusion and New Roles for News in the Fabric of Society.  It’s well-regarded and so has been oft-cited.   These four calendar years later, it’s still the…