Baseball, Blogging and Beat Reporting

Come Nov. 9, the baseball season will be over, but Anne and I still will be talking about the National Pastime.

We will be joined by four of our journalism students for a conference presentation titled “Baseball, Blogging and Beat Reporting: Using a Spring Training Blog to Teach Journalism Students How to Cover a Beat.”

Our presentation will take place in Philadelphia at the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference as part of a Journalism and News Media panel.

As the title of our presentation suggests, we will be discussing how we incorporate a baseball blog into the courses we teach in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University. We use the blog because St. Bonaventure is located in a rural area of Western New York, where opportunities to cover local governments, school boards and other traditional news beats are limited. Continue reading

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That Time I Started My Journalism Career on Columbus Day

For many people, Columbus Day is a time for parades and a celebration of Italian heritage. Others contend that it is wrong to honor Christopher Columbus as a hero.

For me, Columbus Day is significant for another reason. It was on Columbus Day in 1975 that I spent my first day in a newsroom as a working journalist as a reporter for a suburban weekly named The Montclair Times. more

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A ‘Long Strange Trip’ I took 45 years ago

When I covered rock’n’roll in the early 1980s, Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia were among the many performers I enjoyed interviewing. But my most lasting memory of the Grateful Dead took place 45 years ago this month long before my career in journalism began.

In the fall of 1972, my friend Bob Boyle and I made plans to see the Dead in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Sept. 19, the day after Bob’s 19th birthday. At the time, we were students at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York State about 350 miles from Jersey City. But we didn’t let the distance dissuade us. Nor were we concerned that neither of us had a car.

The solution? Hitchhike. more

 

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RIP Guy A. Lee

This is the last photo I took of my father, who would have turned 95 today.

In many ways, it says a lot about who he was. He was a proud WWII veteran and an avid Mets fan who loved to read and enjoyed the outdoors.

If he touched your life as he did mine, consider yourself blessed.

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Best semester ever

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Best start of a semester since I returned to St. Bonaventure University in 2011 because Anne W. Lee is now a full-time faculty member.

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Podcast: A Conversation with Joe Grushecky

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe very talented and accomplished Pittsburgh musician Joe Grushecky was kind of enough to join me for a podcast about his upcoming show in Niagara Falls, his new single with Bruce Springsteen and more.

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Four reasons why Sgt. Pepper remains relevant 50 years after its release

Fifty years after the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the songs on the Beatles’ iconic 1967 album still sound fresh and contemporary. But it is not just the music that has relevancy for life in 2017.

Here are four lessons that Sgt. Pepper offers for today’s audiences: more

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