You Have to Do a Dirty Job Yourself

So we’re clear: pulling anyone’s hair out, not just Clinton’s, is illegal; you will get in trouble, but saying crazy stuff is totally legal, so long people get the joke or so long no one is threatened.

Tom Burrell: Ad-man

Perhaps his most astonishing feat was to explain to his white bosses at the Chicago company where he worked that “black people aren’t white people with darker skin,” so don’t run the same ad to both groups.

A bit ‘o help on your editorials

If you’re thinking that opinion writing may be your juice, you can get some very helpful hints from Bret Stephens, an NYTimes editorial writer and editor. He also helpfully defines the difference between an opinion and a column.¬†

Power of Journalism

The story of William Aitcheson at first looks like a story of a penitent man redeemed, but might be more of a penitent man caught by a journalist.

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.

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

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.”