Judging by my notes that makes this title apply all the way back to, possibly, last week.
So if this is brief, or rambling, or long, I apologize.
Hit the gym this morning, but only slightly. I complained yesterday about my hip feeling weird. It is better today, but I’m now old and wise enough to realize I shouldn’t overdue it. So I didn’t pose as hard in front of the mirror in the weight room.
The best newspaper I saw today was from Germany. The big story, internationally, was from North Korea, and Die Welt used a still from Team America as their lead art. Genius.
Working on the Samford Wall of Fame this morning. We’re inducting two new members at homecoming in November. One of the displays needed a little minor repair and the two new displays had to be ordered. So that was part of the morning.
After lunch it was back to the joys of recruiting. I have a database of students. I’m writing a great letter. That isn’t hard, though, our department really sells itself.
We critiqued the paper this afternoon, too. The editor-in-chief and the managing editor sit down and we find all the problems with the paper. There were a few typos that should have been avoided and two or three design flaws, but the paper is good. The writing is improving, the leads are stronger, the story selection is on the upswing. Now we just need to get the story count up, get a bit more multimedia and … well there will always be something I can urge them toward.
They like it, though, and that’s great. That’s why their paper is improving so quickly. You can see the stories here. The new site should launch soon, too.
Called my grandmother on the way home. She is awesome. She told me about her new personal records she’s setting on her Wii and the grief she gives telemarketers. I think she writes jokes for those people and just waits for them to call.
Most recently someone called and asked her to take a political survey.
“Who’ll I vote for? Put ‘em all in a bag, I don’t know who’d fall out first.”
I’m not sure whether falling out first is desirable or a sign of a poor candidate. Either way, I like it.
Journalism links: What companies are featured most in tech stories? It isn’t Microsoft.
Kansas slashes journo education funding. Students are less than pleased.
Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift was on the Samford campus last week. She makes an assumption here and a generalization there, but she gave the university a nice little mention here.
The FTC is still looking to “save” journalism. Still a lot of bad ideas in there.
The saddest story you’ll read today, and one to add to the the-things-we-do-have-consequences lecture.
And, finally, I think they need a rewrite: