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If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write. – STEPHEN KING

Well, after two weeks of the Spring 2013 semester, I realize it’s tough teaching six classes – thankful I found for keeping track – but it’s still worse to be a student because at least I know the material. The hard part is presenting it in a way that makes sense to Generation C. It’s like writing in a way; Professor Grimes always used to say, “You can get anyone to read anything if you write it right.” It’s tough teaching young reporters how to confidently ask questions or interesting ways to come up with stories, like two student “Deadspin Reporters Who Exposed the Manti Te’o Football Love Hoax.” The new staff barely knows the different between hard and soft news and how to use the inverted pyramid to tell a news story. I tell them: “Experience is no longer something you get after you need it,” and how young reporters are doing a sometimes better job of uncovering the truth than the old pros nowadays. But I don’t think standing in front of the Powerpoint slides is enough. I show them how to use Flickr and Google Pages, how to upload their photos to a blog and require that they build an online portfolio. But there’s more I must show them, starting with: “5 ways journalists can use their smart phone for reporting.” 


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