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Links that I want to share and remember because they made me think more deeply on a topic. Warning: I do engage in some 'linkdumping' here. This is not a true curation page.
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Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning - Sarcasm!

Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning - Sarcasm! | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
By Meredith Artley, Managing Editor Of CNN.com
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If you do not know, The Onion is a parody newspaper.  This is not a real letter.  You should also know that they swear a few times.  It actually is good conversation-starter about what is wrong with online journalsm today.

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Writing Tips for the Citizen Watchdog

Writing Tips for the Citizen Watchdog | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Sometimes even the best citizen journalists need to remember that “the way we present arguments is as important as the substance of the arguments themselves.” This can be especially problematic when our articles will be read by those who do not...
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I actually do not like this source. I found it through a link of a link of a link.  Yet I do feel that this is good advice for writing in an effective way for a public audience.

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What are the Important Qualities of a Good Journalist?

A good education, good health, considerable patience and determination-these essentials are shared by journalism with other professions. But the journalist, besides possessing these endowments, must
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This is a nice short primer for how to help students appreciate qualities needed for good journalists.  I like the sandwich board example.

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6-Traits Resources: Modes of Writing

6-Traits Resources: Modes of Writing | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it

Via Dennis T OConnor
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Many students begin news articles with who, what, where, when.....boring.  Help the reader know why they should care. Respect the audience by creating meaning and giving insight.

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Ken Morrison's comment, April 24, 2013 12:18 AM
HI Ivon Thanks for the rescoop and tweet. You have some great sites going on Scoop.it! You may also like some of these resources on my primary scoop.it site: http://www.scoop.it/t/new-media-technology?tag=English+Teachers
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Is This The Most Embarrassing Interview Fox News Has Ever Done?

Is This The Most Embarrassing Interview Fox News Has Ever Done? | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Reza Aslan, a religious scholar with a Ph.D. in the sociology of religions from the University of California and author of the new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth , went on Fox...
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Bad journalism.  It is interesting how he feels that he needs to slow down to talk to the host.  I haven't read his book and I am not endorsing his ideas in any way. Yet, bad journalism is bad journalism.  Therefore, I want to share this terrible interview. 

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Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News, a persistent voice of media skepticism on Benghazi

Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News, a persistent voice of media skepticism on Benghazi | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
The much-decorated reporter and her network flip the usual script on this highly politicized story.
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Ken Morrison's comment, May 29, 2013 1:02 AM
thank you to my student Asel for scooping this post. I forgot to go back and hit the rescoop button
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What are the The Four Theories of the Press?

In 1956 three professors of communication-Fred S. Siebert, Theodore Peterson and Wilbur Schramm-brought out their Four Theories of the Press which went a long way in establishing a typology in the
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