August 23, 2015 |
Dan Reimold, a journalism professor at St. Joseph's University who founded the influential blog College Media Matters, died unexpectedly this week. Hours after the school announced his death Friday, tributes to Reimold, 34, were growing on nearly every media-industry blog in the country - Poynter.org, Nieman Journalism Lab, MediaShift, the Associated Collegiate Press, and others. "He was undisputedly the foremost scholar on college media today," College Media Association president Rachele Kanigel said in an article.
June 10, 2015 |
LAST WEEK IT was announced that Shonda Rhimes, the award-winning creator of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" is releasing a book called Year of Yes . Apparently Rhimes was inspired to write it after she was dared in December 2013 to say yes to unexpected invitations for one year. I've always thought saying yes too often is right up there with smiling too much, being too friendly and trying too hard. But sometime around New Year's Eve last year, I was similarly inspired.
April 4, 2015 |
The phrase Rape Haven was painted on the front of a Swarthmore College fraternity house this week, and college officials said they were investigating. The vandalism at Delta Upsilon was discovered Tuesday morning, less than two weeks after a member of the fraternity wrote an opinion piece for the student newspaper, the Phoenix, touting the house's positive contributions. In the aftermath of "deplorable behavior" at a University of Oklahoma fraternity in which members were caught chanting racial slurs in a video, Nathaniel Frum wrote, Swarthmore "can take pride" that Delta Upsilon "has set a model that should be followed.
March 11, 2015 |
THE REV. EDMUND Dobbin always said his first love was teaching. So it had to have been something of a relief when Dobbin left the presidency of Villanova University at the end of the 2005-06 academic year after 18 years. Sure, he said, he loved it, but being an administrator is a far cry from the hands-on experience of the classroom, the shaping of young minds, the interaction with students hanging on your every word - at least in theory. "Teaching was always my first love," he said on leaving the presidency and stepping into a classroom at the Main Line university he served for so long.
October 28, 2014 |
James "Jim" Moffatt, 80, of Riverton, N.J., a longtime Inquirer copy editor and much-beloved journalism professor at Rutgers University, died Sunday, Oct. 26, at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden. A close friend said he had battled diabetes and heart problems for many years. Mr. Moffatt retired in January 1997 after more than three decades as a copy editor and slot at The Inquirer, initially for news and later for business copy under a newsroom reorganization. The last to get the story in The Inquirer's editing lineup, the slot's job is to vet the work of other copy editors and make sure mistakes are corrected before the story is released for publication.
October 8, 2014 |
Brady Hoke, the head coach of Michigan's limping football team, called his job "a beast" before correcting himself. "It's not a beast. It's fun," he said during Monday afternoon's weekly news conference. The fun seems to be running out for the Wolverine's fourth-year coach, whose team will host Penn State on Saturday night. Hoke's job is in jeopardy after his team's 2-4 start. Rumors about his potential replacement - San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh - started last month.
September 21, 2014 |
A fund-raising campaign launched by students in California to support the Neshaminy High School student newspaper reached its goal of $2,400 in fewer than two days. The money, according to students from Foothill Technology High School in Ventura, will be used to cover the lost salary of Neshaminy's journalism adviser, Tara Huber, who was suspended for two days without pay this week, and to replenish the newspaper's student activities fund, which was recently docked $1,200. Both penalties, as well as the decision to strip Gillian McGoldrick, one of two editors in chief, of her title for a month, appear to relate to an unauthorized printing of the newspaper in June, in which the students removed an opinion article that contained the school's team mascot name Redskin , which they believe is discriminatory.
September 19, 2014 |
News travels fast. A day after word surfaced that the faculty adviser of Neshaminy High School's student newspaper was suspended for two days during a long-running dispute about use of the word Redskin , student journalists in California launched an online campaign to cover the salary she will lose on suspension. Their webpage, titled "Free the Playwickian," also seeks to raise the $1,200 the Neshaminy School District cut from the student newspaper's activity fund. Both actions, and the decision to strip the editor in chief of her title for a month, were apparent punishments for the newspaper's decision to reject for its June edition an op-ed piece containing Redskin . The fund-raising effort, unknown to Neshaminy students until they were told by The Inquirer, demonstrates how far the debate over the school's team nickname, which a number of American Indians find offensive, has resonated beyond the Bucks County school.
September 18, 2014 |
The faculty adviser for Neshaminy High School's student newspaper was suspended for two days this week in what appeared to be the latest turn in a nearly yearlong battle over the newspaper's attempt to ban the word Redskin . In an e-mail to the Pennsylvania School Press Association that was obtained by The Inquirer, adviser Tara Huber said that she was suspended without pay for "willful neglect of duties and insubordination," and that the...
July 15, 2014
Sometimes kids know better than adults. Take the case of Neshaminy High School, where a group of student editors are schooling their elders on modern standards of tolerance as well as time-honored constitutional principles. The students found themselves in a standoff with the principal and eventually the school board over their decision to ban the term Redskins , which is used by Neshaminy High's sports teams, from the school newspaper. They had thereby joined a growing list of professional publications, including the Seattle Times and the Detroit News, that have done the same on the grounds that the word is offensive to American Indians.