Miami, Life & Journalism

Miami, Life & Journalism2020-07-31T10:04:39-04:00

July 2020
• The Book of Joy – Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu
• Educated: A Memoir – Tara Westover 

June 2020
• Everything is F*cked – Mark Manson
• White Fragility – Robin Diangelo

May 2020
• The Library Book – Susan Orlean
• Beyond Anger – Thomas J. Herbin, Ph.D

April 2020
• Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow

February 2020
• Just Mercy • Bryan Stevenson
• Talking to Strangers • Malcolm Gladwell 

January 2020
• The Great Believers • Rebecca Makkai 

December 2019
• Armada – Ernest Cline
• Gulp – Mary Roach

November 2019
• Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
• The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson

August 2019
• The Outsider – Stephen King
• Media Politics: A Citizen’s Guide – Shanto Iyengar 

July 2019
• Atomic Habits – James Clear
• The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
• Believe Me – JP Delaney 

June 2019
• Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

• Buddhism for Beginners – Jack Kornfield

The Washington Post op-ed process

So, after six drafts, five weeks of writing, rewriting, revising and redoing, my op-ed about the – now kiboshed – move of the Republican National Convention to Jacksonville has been published in the Washington Post. Whew!

July 24th, 2020|

William Barr and the GOP’s demonization of a free American press

I was struck by something this week while listening to an interview of Attorney General William Barr on “Morning Edition.” Specifically, his repeated complaints about “the media” this and “the media” that, as though news reporters and pundits were part of some vast, faceless entity bent on the destruction and dismemberment of the Trump administration.

June 27th, 2020|

The FIU campus: spooky, quiet and extremely closed

Wednesday afternoon I made a brief – and authorized – visit to the closed FIU Biscayne Bay Campus. Though all of us – faculty and staff – had been sent to work from home more than a month ago, we could ask for special double-secret permission to return to campus if we needed to.

April 22nd, 2020|

Los Angeles area community papers to shutter

Three stepsisters – the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader and La Cañada Valley Sun – died this week of complications from COVID-19. The News-Press was 115, the Leader (nee Review) was 112 while the Valley Sun was 74.

April 17th, 2020|

Teaching in the age of (novel) coronavirus

With all of the madness going on about the novel coronavirus, one thing I've been struggling with is how to appropriately grade work. Relatedly, should the university allow a pass/fail option? Does it not matter because graduate schools will (likely) take any grade dips this semester into account?

March 20th, 2020|

Deadline reporting, college edition

This has been quite the week. On Monday, I led a group four students to Southwest Florida to report on two satellite caucuses put on by the Iowa Democratic Party in St. Petersburg and Port Charlotte. It was a long couple days... I think I put in my 40 before noon Tuesday.

February 7th, 2020|

Teaching local news coverage

I work in a news desert. The journalism department at Florida International University is housed in at the Biscayne Bay Campus, which is in North Miami. Northeast Miami-Dade County, in general, gets little attention from either of the two large dailies – The Miami Herald and South Florida Sun Sentinel – partly because it is relatively far away from their respective centers of political gravity and partly, I suspect, because there aren’t a lot of subscribers out this way. It's time to do something about it.

December 12th, 2019|

As the semester ends…

As the fall semester ends – my 12th term as a full-time educator – I figured I’d take a moment to reflect on what worked, what didn’t and how I might continue to improve both my own skills and the experiences of my future students.

December 11th, 2019|

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