So much for “dead” newspapers–the NYT has more subscribers than ever! And half of them are digital only. Good job.


Mad cow video

Pamela J. Shoemaker | Mass Comm Scholar.

No cow I’ve ever seen acted like this.  Incredible.  Watch it!  pam

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Cold Man in the Kremlin

Cold Man in the Kremlin –

i was born in 1950, and so I have lived through many wars.  As a child of the 1960s, the Vietnam war made a big impression on me.  I was too young to understand the Cold War until college, when political science classes opened me to world politics.  When Vladimir Putin was first named president of Russia, I joked that the former KGB officer wanted to become the next tsar.  How prescient I was.  Putin’s small stature, as with many short leaders, has helped him dream of gigantic goals–in his case the reunion of the countries under former Soviet control.  i may be underestimating his real motivation.  Why not all of Europe?  so will there be a world war 3?  With Iran as Russia’s protege?  So what is Obama’s will?  Does Congress regret smashing our military capabilities?  As Russia uses lots of boots on the ground and we use drones, the advantage may be with overwhelming soldiers, the grandchildren of Russia’s old army.  Do they have the will to die not for their country, but instead for Tsar Putin the First and his corrupt government?  I am not ready for another war, but Putin is.

OBX, at the beach yesterday


my husband and son have spent the last week in North Carolina at the Outer Banks, a barrier island off the coast.  Yesterday it was 70 degrees and they headed to the beach. There is my husband’s  annual photo of his feet, but the ocean tells the tale.  wish I were there.


At last! A guide for concise writing

To the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writing: Robert Hartwell Fiske: 9780393347173: Books.

As a college professor, I spend a lot of time correcting and rewriting my students’ work, but I also spend a lot of time correcting my own writing.  When we are in the groove and words flow easily, most of us just want to get the words down.  But this first draft should never be the last.  A few days ago I spent some time editing a 1,000 word article for an encyclopedia.  It wasn’t bad, but it was a bit too technical and verbose.  I read every few words of every sentence,  revising as I went.  I progressed from phrases to clauses to sentences, to paragraphs. Paragraphs were combined or split up, long sentences split into two, passive constructions changed to active, and with careful attention to pronoun-to-noun and subject-verb agreement.  I revised verbs to be in present tense, except when describing a concrete action from the past.  I generally did not use the future tense unless specificly predicting the future.  I like short sentences, but try to break them up with a sentence that is more complex.   And then I did it all over again, and again, until the words flowed, but this time concisely and clearly.

Fracking – ProPublica

Watch this terrific video.  Fracking is going on in my neighborhood, and I don’t like it!


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Slave labor in Iowa

Pamela J. Shoemaker | Mass Comm Scholar.

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We need to take a long look at our environment. Not just assume that normal things are ethical and moral. Normal may turn out to be horrible!

Pam Shoemaker speaking on creativity in teaching and doing research

Journalism school honors Dr. Pamela Shoemaker with Stempel Award

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 5, 2014)—A crowd of students, faculty members and guests gathered in the lobby of the Schoonover Center on Thursday, Jan. 30, to honor Ohio University alumna, Dr. Pamela Shoemaker, as she received the inaugural Guido H. Stempel III Award for Journalism and Mass Communication Research.­

“I’m astounded to be receiving this award and honored beyond anything I could say,” Shoemaker said at the ceremony. Shoemaker received both her Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Science degrees in journalism in 1972 from Ohio University. She is currently the John Ben Snow Professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Shoemaker is the first recipient of the Guido H. Stempel III Award.

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NYTimes: The Wait for Postal Default

From The New York Times:

EDITORIAL: The Wait for Postal Default

The United States Postal Service is about to run out of money because Republicans in the House have failed to act.

Pamela Shoemaker

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NYTimes: The Unraveling of Government

From The New York Times:

CAMPAIGN STOPS: The Unraveling of Government

The parties have too much power. But we can take some of it back.

Pamela Shoemaker

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