Friday, February 8, 2013

Humility Needed

Feigned Expertise 

Humility, of one kind or another, is a quality we don’t universally celebrate in our business. For all of the effective skewering done by Stephen Colbert and The Onion, we still suffer from an industrial predisposition toward feigned, instant expertise.”

—Evan Osnos, writer,On Slow Journalism,” The New Yorker, Jan. 31, 2013 

• Editorial Comment: People don’t buy pundits’ “instant expertise” anymore. It’s killing both journalism and an informed and engaged citizenry.

Yesterday’s WORD: Did you miss yesterday’s WORDs from Encyclopedia Britannica on journalism careers circa 1940? Click here.

• Faculty Wanted: Join our merry band! The JCOM Department at Utah State University has opened searches for two new tenure-track faculty, a Media Generalist and a specialist in PR/Strategic Communication. Interested? 

News from USU’s award-winning student news site, The Hard News Café
Aggie TV News (2/7)—World news, North Korea’s nukes? Salt Lake protest at Capitol over Utah air pollution, gays in Boy Scouts, are USU students smarter than 5th graders? sports and weather, anchored by Emily Landeen and Loren Brewer  
Richmond P&Z approves conversion of Pet Milk factory to warehouse, by Shayna Marcure
CNN’s Jessica Ravitz comes to USU for Morris Media & Society Lecture
1,483 pancakes! IHOP fundraiser for kids is about giving—and eating, by Jessica Sonderegger  
AggieTV News—Plane crash ends well, winter weather & more, anchored by Katrina Warburton & Kelton Wells 
A night out at Lewiston Theater, by Shayna Marcure 
Creepy but compelling: ‘Stoker’ director connects with actors, audience, by Dani Hayes 
Confessions of a Sundance groupie: My Day with Dan Rad, by Katie Swain 
Aggie TV News—freezing pipes, chili, snowmen, and a new sports show, anchored by Katrina Warburton and Kelton Wells 
What to believe? Confronting crises of faith, by Katie Feinauer 
Wild turkeys on the move, looking for better digs in Paradise, by Dawn Otterby 
Ammo shortage in valley stores frustrates customers, by Jonathan Larson 
PeezPIX by Ted Pease

Winter Delirium—I have a head cold

Original PeezPix archival prints, matted at sizes from 5x7" to 16x20" or larger, available for sale: $14 (5x7), $28 (8x12) and up. email Thanks for asking.

(Be)Friend Dr. Ted, Professor of Interesting Stuff 

JCOM @ Utah State UniversityThe best little professionally oriented journalism program in Utah.

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