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…

#NMPS2012: Public spheres, public spaces, and “shit storms”

On November 8th and 9th in Denmark, academics from around the world, including me, congregated at the University of Copenhagen for the New Media and the Public Sphere conference. Just arrived at University of Copenhagen for #NMPS2012 – beautiful campus http://pic.twitter.com/2AUhDQgl Nicole Blanchett Wed, Nov 07 2012 23:52:57 ReplyRetweetFavorite Topics ranged from how a teen’s…

The disconnect of cancelling CBC’s Connect with Mark Kelley

Despite being the best rated original program on CBC’s New Network, engaging the audience in a way few, if any, other daily news shows can, Connect with Mark Kelley is being cancelled. Government funding cuts–and management decisions on how to spend what money is leftover–have put it on the chopping block. I’ve probably given a…

What is journalism? “Blowing the lid off bullshit”

Although perhaps not the most academic description, “blowing the lid off bullshit” certainly captures the heart of journalism. That definition comes from one of my second year broadcast students. He was part of a cohort that was asked to produce a short piece defining journalism from a student perspective—both as an assignment and to encourage…