Stop saying pageviews don’t matter

There is a common, disparaging discourse surrounding the relevance of the pageviews metric. I’ve heard pageviews called everything from passé to obsolete. Those descriptions may hold true in some environments. But in your average newsroom, pageviews aren’t passé—they’re a priority. I know this because over the past 10 months, for my PhD research, I’ve talked…

Fact, Fiction and Fake News

Fake news is now such an ubiquitous term I’m not sure it holds much value anymore. Not because it isn’t an issue, but because it doesn’t mean the same thing to different audiences. Those tired of hearing U.S. President Trump throw it around in response to stories he doesn’t like pretty much ignore it; those…

What are the chances?

What are the chances a group of second-year community college students could create a website that is internationally recognized? Apparently, pretty good. #WhatAreTheChances–a project examining how income, gender, mental health, and race can impact a GenY’s opportunities–is the latest site developed in Sheridan Journalism Broadcast’s Online News Production class, a course I co-teach with Cheryl Vallender.…

Why I love my blog

The hardest part of putting a story together isn’t figuring out what to put in, but what to leave out. That’s why I love my blog. It’s the perfect home for all the interesting quotes/ideas that I can’t wedge into an article. Something I was reminded of as I was writing my latest piece for…