Mayborn School of Journalism

'Black Twitter' becomes an outlet for social change, discussion for millennials

Tue, Jul 28, 2015 - 8:10am

With one click, Terria Petus, 22, of Mays Landing, found herself in a new world. She wasn’t just on Twitter, a popular social media outlet. She was on a distinct online avenue. She was communicating on Black Twitter.                  

Black Twitter is a cultural identity on the social network, focused on issues of interest to the black community. The community of users, primarily black, have created a virtual space to discuss different views on sociopolitical changes or events in the United States.

It’s a new form of...

Essay: When storytelling stumbles

Mon, Jul 27, 2015 - 12:56pm

Two sessions at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference made me squirm.

Both were examples of journalism gone wrong. 

One was a pointed tirade from Linda Tirado, whose 2013 rant about poverty on the Gawker blog - "Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, poverty thoughts" - went so viral that she got a book deal out of it, writing her "Hand to Mouth" memoir in just three months. In the interim, though, she suffered a barrage of ad hominem attacks, fueled by media outlets content to speculate publicly on her life and her motivations.

Tirado's disdain for indolent journalists was apparent to every writer...

At Mayborn conference, writers call for crossing divide between haves, have-nots

Mon, Jul 20, 2015 - 11:27am

Hundreds of writers, from students to Pulitzer Prize winners to best-selling authors, converged on Grapevine this weekend for the annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference to discuss questions central to their very profession.

Among them: What are the best ways to tell stories of poverty and inequality? Who is best equipped to be writing those stories? And, if the people you’re writing about are of a different gender, race or class, can you authentically write about their experiences?

Themes of trust, respect and empathy for the subjects of journalistic pieces were emphasized throughout the three-day-long event...

Reynolds Visiting Professors to Teach Business Journalism at University of Georgia and University of North Texas

Mon, Jul 20, 2015 - 7:24am

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is creating  visiting business journalism professorships at the University of Georgia and the  University of North Texas.

The Reynolds visiting professors program has created 12 business journalism  professorships at 12 different schools. The program is administered by the  Reynolds Center at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of  Journalism and Mass Communication.

Each visiting professor teaches two courses related to business journalism  and forges partnerships with nearby professional media outlets that...

Essay: Nonfiction not literary? Here’s a dose of truth

Sun, Jul 12, 2015 - 11:46pm

Ten years ago, I stood in the back of a giant hotel ballroom in Boston craning to hear Tom Wolfe, the guru of a swashbuckling movement called new journalism, issue a dire warning to a gathering of journalists.

“It would be a shame to lose print journalism, which explains why and puts things in context, but it could easily happen,” Wolfe said, because readers were already turning to the Internet for news that was available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Instead of giving readers the literary equivalent of white bread to satisfy their craving for nourishing stories, Wolfe called on his disciples — advocates of a...