Careers in Communications Event

May 2, 7-8p.m. SW301 Discussions on journalism, editing, film, media criticism and more. See the full flyer: Communication Career Event

Recording at Schools May Be OK

Many states allow the recording of individuals in private settings only with the consent of all parties involved. Maryland is such a state: if you want to record a private telephone call, or use a camera or audio recorder in your office, you want to let people know that’s what you’re doing. This has rarely…

Welcome: Isabel Rockwood!

lease join the Advocate staff, advisors and the Office of Student Life in Rockville in welcoming Isabel Rockwood as the Editor-in-Chief for the 2017-2018 school year. Isabel spent the school year that just ended as the Managing Editor, and did a fine job in that.

The Press Exists to Hold Power in Check

The Times does a great job of explaining that Comey is a careful note-taker and even that FBI officer’s notes are used as evidence in trials. However, I really hope we see the proof soon.

Take “News Writing” Reason 8: Podcasting

And podcasting is a word-based medium. Yes, sound is a huge part, but the voices are reading scripts, and sound clips of interviews or doors closing or construction vehicles are organized within that script. It all starts with the writing. News Writing (COMM252) can help you learn it.

#Longread Interview with Robert Caro

You learn so much about great writing by listening to what he says in this interview. You learn a lot about interviewing and listening for the answer you need.

Reuters Launches Backstory: Great Idea, Implementation Needs Work

The discussion here should focus on the “why”–why did they keep pressing? What in their Trust Principles or in the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics made them push? Also, where were the holes in the first set of data? That is, what was in that data that said to them, “There’s still something missing.”

Steve Thurston American/Journalist

#nottheenemy @milbank @onthemedia Every journalist and journalism educator in America should take Dana Milbank’s lead: tell your personal story or the story of a journo you know.

Analysis: Trump, Self-Centered, Chaos-in-Chief

When the news turns bad, this president turns to chaos. Chaos is his coping mechanism. We all have ways that we defend ourselves in mentally difficult situations; his is chaos. He throws people off-kilter when he is feeling that way himself.

Journalism Dead? Not Local, Says WaPo. (Reason#7)

Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview) had a great piece in the @PostStyle section the other day about local news being king of everywhere else but here. I’ve been saying this for years: journalism isn’t dead, and it’s not going to die.

“Crimetown”: Capers and Cronyism in the City of God.

“Crimetown,” in its first season, is journalism if not news, think long-form storytelling with a combination of killer plots (literally) with every episode and sound design that brings the feel of locations and the interviewees to life without becoming so showy.