Déjà vu all over again

I wonder if it’s the same for any profession – that as you prepare to enter it, the standing guard feels compelled to warn you that things are not as good as they used to be. So far, I’m two for two, so I’m thinking it’s a universal truth. Thirteen years ago, I sloshed into…

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On media and money

A quick Twitter break on Wednesday uncovered an issue I’m still thinking about today. Earlier this week, Ira Flatow, host of NPR’s Science Friday, issued a statement that the program is having funding trouble. The news spread through a Huffington Post blog. Ira responded the next day reassuring listeners that the program is not “on…

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Twitter Trip-up

Our first assignment for our Social Media class was to sign up for a Twitter account and to follow people relevant to our early careers as science writers. Although I already had a Twitter account, I hadn’t used it much beyond a couple complaints and self-promoting links, largely because my complaining and self-promoting needs were…

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The Question of Cosmetic Quote Changes

As a journalist in training, the AP Stylebook has become bedside reading for me.  While perusing its pages the other day and I came across this entry for quotations in the news: “Never alter quotations, even to correct minor grammatical errors or word usage.  Casual minor tongue slips may be removed by using ellipses, but…

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Now I get it!

I have been trying for years to get my friends and family to eat more sustainable seafood, use less disposable bags, and generally try to think about what they use and throw away. I’ve had limited success. But, once I started writing about some of these issues for a newspaper, I got comments along the…

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confessions of a neophyte twit

On Saturday, I did something I swore I would never do. I opened a Twitter account. Until then, I’d managed to avoid Twitter.  It annoyed me.  Its over-exposed ubiquity made me want to don a Twitter-stealth-shield that would deflect any and all references to the site and ensure a blissfully Twitter-free day.  I wondered why…

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