Archive for October, 2010

Journalism, Objectivity and NPR

By Steve Byers

Juan Williams, former NPR analyst

Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

I’ve been thinking about Juan Williams lately. First when I read of his firing by NPR after voicing comments on a Fox Network show about his concerns when flying on a plane carrying people dressed in traditional Muslim garb. Pretty stupid, I thought, but not that far removed from other stupid things I’ve heard on television lately.

Then in rapid fire came reading of a firestorm on the right from politicians and others who demanded de-funding NPR for the umpteenth time (the right seems to believe that NPR, which I consider the most balanced broadcast medium around, is a hotbed of liberalism—at least, it likes to attack public radio on a regular basis), then I read a comment in a Facebook string about the situation from Milwaukee conservative blogger and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee instructor Jessica McBride that “I’m not sure I ever saw him as inherently liberal OR  conservative. He was refreshingly nonpartisan, I thought”—she was commenting on another post calling him an “honest liberal.” Continue reading ‘Journalism, Objectivity and NPR’

Starbucks: There’s an App for That

By Lauren Haberkorn

starbucks facebook app

Photo from Seattle Daily Weekly online

Many students may find that one of the few benefits of midterms is the excuse to head over to Starbucks to load up on caffeine for late night studying—or in most cases—late night studying, wasting time on Facebook, and then studying some more. Facebook can be one powerful distraction, but provided the knowledge of the new Starbucks app—there may be a new reason for logging in.

Facebook has just teamed up with Starbucks to provide a great excuse for a study break. A new feature has just been added to the Starbucks Card Facebook App, the “Give a Gift” update, making it possible to buy a friend or re-load your own Starbucks Card without leaving Facebook—some serious multi-tasking.

This idea came from a customer, when the company launched a website called in 2008, allowing customers to submit ideas to improve the company. With this new app, users can load $5 to $500 onto any Starbucks card, check their balance, and see if they have enough My Starbucks Reward points for a free drink.

With more than 15 million Facebook fans, Starbucks cards are bound to become more popular—and possibly the number one excuse for college students to take a study break, load up on caffeine, and check their Facebook.

Lauren Haberkorn is junior majoring in Corporate Communication in the Diederich College of Communication.

Cyberbullying: What We Can Do To Stop the Growing Epidemic

By Jennifer Janviere

The growing cyberbullying epidemicFacebook and social media have undoubtedly changed the methods that we use to communicate with one another, in both positive and negative ways. But the popularity of online networking has a troubling dark side that has recently been gaining more media attention: the growing problem of cyberbullying.

Bullying is nothing new to teenagers and in some cases, college students. But with the advent of the Internet and the exponentially increasing popularity of sites such as Facebook and Twitter, this problem has the potential to become more widespread and out of control than ever before.

According to an article on, 32% percent of teenagers with social media profiles have experienced some form of harassment while online. This includes forwarding of private content and posting (sometimes embarrassing) photos of other users without their consent, or even verbal threats. Continue reading ‘Cyberbullying: What We Can Do To Stop the Growing Epidemic’

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Pamela Nettleton

By the Diederich College of Communication

Pamela Nettleton, Assistant Professor of JournalismNewly appointed assistant professor Pamela Nettleton brings a diverse professional perspective to the Diederich College of Communication.

Over the past 30 years, Nettleton has worked in numerous roles throughout journalism and publishing. This has included positions as editor for Minnesota Monthly magazine and contributing writer to Redbook, Better Homes and Gardens, Readers Digest and Sports Illustrated for Kids magazines and the Star Tribune newspaper (Minneapolis) and Pioneer Press newspaper (St. Paul). Her articles cover topics ranging from art and classical music reviews to humor. Additionally, Nettleton has authored numerous adult non-fiction books and even librettos (scripts for classical music).

The value of years of accumulated experience and knowledge is something that Nettleton brings with her into the classroom. She teaches her feature and freelance writing classes from an editor’s perspective and provides her students with real-world experience from which they’ll benefit once in the field.

“Learning to write well means you need to feel safe enough in a classroom to take risks,” she says of her teaching philosophy. “If students can try, and fail, and feel empowered to try again, that’s a success. Success isn’t walking into a course already knowing all the material and all the skills. It’s going on the journey of learning how to think in a new way; how to experiment with your abilities and challenge yourself.”

Nettleton enjoys teaching, and is energized by the lively intelligence and engaged interest of her students. She hopes to equip students with tools to help them succeed professionally in the current environment of journalism and multimedia convergence.

“Now is an exciting time for journalism,” she says. “The profession is in the process of reinventing itself. I’m glad to be part of helping my students navigate the changing field.”

Interactive Technology in the New Student Lounge

By Chris Whitman

New Student Lounge in Johnston Hall

New student lounge in Johnston Hall, pictured here in the final phase of construction. October 2010.

I recently sat down with Mr. Jon Pray, Vice Provost of Educational Technology at Marquette to discuss the technology aspects of the upcoming student lounge and how it will impact students.

The new student lounge, currently under construction in Johnston Hall will feature a video wall of LCD displays as well as two more stand-alone displays. This new student lounge will bring a much needed collaborative space for multimedia evaluation and group work. Continue reading ‘Interactive Technology in the New Student Lounge’

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of Marquette University or the Diederich College of Communication.

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