Monday (Afternoon) Musings


Here I sit, running late once again, but with a good excuse.  I just finished the classic, Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody, and I am filled with things I would like to say to the young protagonist of this memoir.  Because of this feeling of a need/desire to communicate with a character in something I’ve read, I would like to provide the venue for you to do the same.

Post here by typing in the reply box a letter, e-mail, or simply address the protagonist of the book you are currently reading.  I am going to set a deadline of January 20th for posting your communication here. If you cannot maneuver the necessities for posting yourself, click on “contact me” and type in your letter/note there, which I will copy and attach to this post.

I am looking forward to you thinking about what you would say…

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Argentine newspaper president Javier Borelli brings fight for freedom of speech to SOJC

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Christian Hartwell

Freedom of speech is occupying the minds of many at this moment in history. At the national level, President-Elect Donald Trump has tweeted that burning the American flag should be faced with “perhaps loss of citizenship or a year in jail” and that he’s going to “open up libel laws” to go after news organizations that print unflattering stories about him — both clear contradictions to the protections offered by the First Amendment. Closer to home, we’ve run into questions about freedom of speech on the University of Oregon campus with the recent controversy sparked by a law professor who wore blackface as part of a Halloween costume.

At the UO School of Journalism and Communication, freedom of expression and the press is a topic that always holds great interest for students and faculty. In November,  we had the chance to meet someone who had dealt with attacks on freedom…

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35 Things You Don’t See When You Buy A Book #AmWriting #Writer #Author

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The idea for this post came to me after I did some research on the ‘overnight literary success myth.’  I have always been intrigued by the term and the notion that success JUST happens to authors. Surely there is more to overnight literary fame than meets the eye?  Once you type this myth into Google you can expect to see an array of interesting articles and blog posts on the subject.

This research into the myth of authors being hailed as ‘overnight literary successes’ led me onto the iceberg” cliché, which I found in a fab article. It was an article from the Huffington Post:

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Communal Breakfast

Christian Hartwell

A cook at the Eugene Mission, Trent Lee comes to the table despite past circumstances.

After a blazing fire gutted the kitchen that serves on average 800 meals a day to Eugene’s homeless population, the Eugene Mission had to find a solution. Four months later, on a Tuesday morning just after 7 a.m. breakfast is being served.

Trent Lee, the kitchen manager, just finished preparing biscuits, gravy, and hamburger patties out of a portable, temporary kitchen replacing the old one, to a large, hangar-like room full of the Mission’s clientele.

Trent and his coworker, Tim, are now unloading food delivered from local businesses — today’s donation is from Hole-in-the-Wall BBQ.

Trent sets a 12-pack of salsa on the counter inside the portable kitchen as they start planning the lunch preparation.

“Right now we’re doing Taco Tuesday,” Tim says.

“We’re kind of unorthodox with it,” Trent says about their usage of various meats…

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Story Arc Workshop: Revealing the beauty in the darkness

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Christian Hartwell

“I felt numb. I didn’t really know what to feel. I didn’t even cry until I got on the bus the next day, and that’s when it all hit me,” Talilo Marfil said. He was talking about his son’s death.

At this year’s Story Arc workshop, led by SOJC Multimedia Journalism master’s program co-directors Sung Park and Wes Pope, the other members of my team and I learned what it means to enter the dark territories of someone’s past in order to tell his story.

We were the green team, coached by Andrea Wise, an accomplished photographer and editor from New York. Our simple goal was to make the world a better place through visual storytelling. Supplied with cameras from Canon, monitor-recorders from Atomos and coaches who would push us hard, we were more than ready to tell an impactful story from the streets of Portland.

A story…

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