Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Cold wintry weather to hit York County


Get thee to the grocery store and stock up on food and drink.

Bundle up.

Find a warm place to "cocoon."

Ice, freezing rain (sleet) and maybe snow are coming tomorrow to York County and entire the Charlotte area, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will plunge.

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Bloggers galore everywhere


Don't think blogging is mushrooming? Well, think again. And would you guess most of the growth in blogging is from males/guys/boys/men or from the other gender?

Read about how blogging is definitely becoming a viable form of mass communication.

Sony e-book


Do you want to know more about e-books? Mark Herron, dean of library services at Dacus Library, is the informed source on our campus. See him for more info.

J-Lo has to sue her ex


Jennifer Lopez, one of my favorites, finds herself in a $10 million lawsuit against her ex-husband, who wants to write a tell-all book about their private life.

Ms. Lopez has tried desperately to keep this matter private, to no avail.

Now the litigation has hit the press.

She does NOT want details of her private intimacy disseminated via a book.

And who can blame her?

You go, woman!

Monday, January 29, 2007

More about yours truly


Well, okay, I couldn't resist posting my mugshot. Not to be used as a scarecrow in your garden...

Find out more about me by clicking on the hotlink (in the headline) above this entry.

Cold in my hometown this morning


It's 7 degrees this morning in Mountain City, Tenn.--about 25 miles from Boone, N.C., with a wind chill that will freeze your bones.

And the white stuff has cancelled schools in Mountain City today.

Glad I'm in South Carolina!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Three teenagers die in car crash in Gaston County


Recently in our Media Writing class, we discussed what hard news is vis-a-vis soft news. Read the tragic story about the fate of three teens who died as a result of a car crash in Gaston County--which borders the county Charlotte is in.

The three teens were close friends and all were seniors at Bessmer City High School in Bessemer City, N.C.

Example of hard news here?

Soft news?

Post your thoughts in response to my queries on this story.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Lovie Smith vs. Tony Dungy in Super Bowl 41


What a performance the Indianapolis Colts put on yesterday in coming from behind to beat the New England Patriots.

And my man Peyton Manning--who formerly played at Rocky Top University (UT)--showed his best stuff.

This was one heck of a football game in Indianapolis.

I'm looking forward to the Super Bowl on Feb. 4. It will be a first in NFL history, featuring two African American head coaches, Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Tools of the trade in print journalism


I like to use a Sparco Brand Reporter's Notebook, which easily fits in a person's back pocket, when I'm taking notes from an interview. This is a handy tool of the trade if you're a print journalist. Copy and paste the following link into your browser for price/ordering information.

Access my courses via WebCT


Here's how to get an idea for what I'm doing this semester in each of my courses--via WebCT distance learning software.

1. Copy and paste the following link into your Web browser:

2. For WebCT ID, enter the following (must be in lower case): wu_dummystudentm1

3. For Password, enter the same as in #2: wu_dummystudentm1

4. Takes you to the three courses I'm teaching this semester--MCOM 241, MCOM 333 and MCOM 205. A few courses I've taught from previous semesters are also shown.

5. Example of how to find material for a particular course:
a. Click on MCOM 205
b. Click on Spring 2007 stuff
c. Click on syllabus
d. After looking at syllabus, click on Homepage
e. Click on Calendar for specific assignments
f. Click on specific date in Calendar for more info. about what we did or will do in my class on a particular day

6. Click on myWebCT at top of page to navigate to another of my courses.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Having bad weather in Rock Hill


Learn about how winter has hit our community.

Valuable link to S.C.'s press community


Will this link take you to S.C.'s newspapers? Try it now.

Wingspan is a key link at Winthrop Univ.


Want to know the latest at Winthrop? Explore Wingspan.

Looking for a journalism code of ethics?

Go to and find the code of ethics for the Society of Professional Journalists. Worth close study.

Publications worth reading...

Read The (Rock Hill) Herald or any other good daily newspaper to find out about the latest in what's happening in our community, the state and the world. Access The Herald at:

Guess who is blogging, from time to time, at The Herald???!

Another very good newspaper is The Charlotte Observer. Find it online at:

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Photo of yours truly with Winthrop University alumna (and my former student) Arlecia Simmons

Arlecia Simmons is a Ph.D. candidate at the GREAT University of Iowa. I visited with her last summer in Iowa City.

Scene in Jan. 2007 from my hometown in Mountain City, Tenn.

Finding my course Web sites

I have three WebCT course Web sites this semester (spring 2007). To access the WebCT link go to Wingspan (see above link) and you'll see "WebCT" in the lower left corner of the page.

Background/info. on Mass Comm. Dept.

Want to learn more about the Department of Mass Communication at Winthrop University?

Go to:

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Just returned from Columbia, S.C.

Will Atkinson and I met with Professor Doug Fisher of the USC J-School today. The three of us plan to undertake research concerning online journalism.

Diving into the blogosphere

This should be quite a journey into a new dimension of cyberspace. I'm looking forward to it!