What is my sentence?

As part of my social media class I’ve asked the students to follow Daniel Pink’s advice and write their sentence. It’s like a mission statement or what sums you up. I want to write my own sentence, but it’s tough.

Here’s what I’ve come up with:

I teach and every day try to practice the idea that the power of telling people’s stories accurately, colorfully, compassionately in any medium can help change the world.

That’s a strong sentence. And my students probably think: “Hey, that’s not what I hear from her every day.” They hear: “What’s AP style? Use commas correctly. Where’s the nut graf? How many sources have you talked to? Don’t miss deadlines. Plan. Work hard.

Through all of those statements, I’m trying to show students that every person’s story is important. We owe it to people to tell them accurately. We can use journalism to make the world a better place. We can treat our sources like people and recognize that every story is important to someone.

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Ssshhh, it’s a secret

In my attempt to become a better journalist, I’ve been investigating all of the tools that are listed in various places, including Twitter. And I have to admit that I also am undecided about this one.  I just don’t see the point. But I did sign up.

Poynter Online – E-Media Tidbits

Choose your favorite motto

I love the idea of this contest and the variety of mottos for journalism.

Poynter Online – Writing Tools

Journalists need to have more fun

This commentary on Poynter.org struck a chord. It is the journalism of today, but also the journalism that my students will be involved with. We have to expand our thinking of what journalists are and what news is and how the business of the whole thing works.

Poynter Online – E-Media Tidbits

Why does this happen?

Great AJR article on how political press seems to make all these pronouncements, but then it turns out to be wrong.

Off Target | American Journalism Review

See, Facebook is part of advanced reporting, kind of.

This is an interesting story and one that we should think about for the Creightonian online.

Poynter Online – Facebook and the Viral Marketing of News

Narrative short course

This is an annual conference that I’ve heard great things about. The stories/blogs/ etc. should offer some good tips. I’ll bring the best ones to your attention. Hope we’re making progress!

Poynter Online – Nieman Narrations: Tips and Tales from Top Storytellers