November 28, 2007

Rhetorica Update

Moving on… Yes, I do intend to cover the nomination campaign. I’ve simply been busy with other matters lately (as in the past year). For example:

I finished an essay with co-writers Doug McGill and Jeremy Iggers for the Journal of Mass Media Ethics (JMME). You’ll find it in the current issue (Vol. 22 Iss. 4). It’s part of a special topics issue: “Who is a journalist”? Our essay concerns McGill’s coverage of the Anuak genocide in Ethiopia, entitled Death in Gambella: What Many Heard, What One Blogger Saw, And Why the Professional Media Ignored It.

I recently finished another essay on one of my favorite topics–coverage of the pre-primary process in presidential nomination campaigns, entitled Tell a Different Story: How the News Media Ought to Cover the Pre-primary Presidential Campaign. It will appear in Media Ethics soon.

JMME has accepted my essay about Daniel Okrent, entitled Ethics and Ethos: Writing an Effective Newspaper Ombudsman Position. In it I examine the subject position Okrent created, how he created it, and what it all means for ombudsmen who wish to assert moral authority in journalism. It’s slated for publication in late 2008.

And I’ve mentioned a couple of times recently the book chapter I’m writing about bias in communication.

Further, I’m working on two studies with a colleague in the psychology department. More on that later. BTW, if you’d like a hint at what we’re up to (and if you would like to do our quick-‘n-easy online exercise and survey), send e-mail to dr.cline # rhetorica # net. I’ll send you the URL. 

May 15, 2007

Springfield Bloggers Meet Tonight

Come to the Patton Alley Pub tonight at 7:00 for the Springfield Bloggers meeting. This will be Zach Cobb’s last meeting before he moves to Kansas City.

In other news: It’s finals week at MSU. I’ll be sprung by Thursday. I should resume something like a normal blogging schedule by Monday. This morning I sent the proofs for Politics & Language back to the publisher. I have just a few more clean-up items to take care of. Then it’s on to new projects. Details soon.

April 14, 2006

Indulging my weaknesses…

I’m at the PCA Conference in Atlanta. This morning, I’m sitting in the atrium at CNN Center, sipping a Starbucks mocha, reading The New York Times, and blogging on my PDA 🙂

I attended a panel on the internet and blogging yesterday. What I heard has convinced me that I need to deal with the idea of credibility on blogs and wikis. More upon my return to Springfield.

Oh, and I’m wearing my official Rhetorica cap. No one has recognized me yet 🙂

March 17, 2006

Let the good times roll…

Just finished my hour as a guest on the morning show at KWTO. We had a good time and a really productive discussion. My thanks to everyone!

BTW, you can listen to KWTO online (stupid me, I had a hard time finding the link). It’s right there in the upper right in bright blue. Duh.

Spring break begins tomorrow. For a bunch of students, it began yesterday 🙂 I’m assuming it will be a slow day around here. Next week I’ll be able to spend some time on blogging and doing some other site updates (looooong overdue).

March 16, 2006

Off to a good start…

If you’re local, be sure to listen to KWTO tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. CST. I’ll be on the morning show discussing why I think the new Myers’ Law violates the First Amendment. It should be an interesting discussion. Or at least I hope it will be.

There’s also a chance that the discussion will be entertaining, which, as Rhetorica readers know, is something I dislike in public affairs programming–even right-wing talk radio. What will make it entertaining, you ask? This little snafu 🙂 Oooops. I feel bad for KWTO listeners because they have the right to expect a fair, balanced, accurate discussion from a local professor. And right now I won’t blame anyone who questions my fairness, balance, and accuracy. It’s my fault, and I apologize.

I’m fascinated, however, by the rhetorical maneuver of the KWTO guys to make a private e-mail message public on the radio the day before a guest arrives. And not just a private e-mail message, but one that reached them by mistake. Wow. As Rhetorica readers know, I have a soft spot in my ol’ academic heart for intentionality. What it could be (almost certainly a multiplicity of intentions) will be fun to think about before I arrive at the studio. And we’ll almost surely discover it before the show ends. Hint: It has something to do with ethos and the perception of my fairness, balance, and accuracy.

March 14, 2006

The chattering class…

Radio Rhetorica is on the air. Listen today at 4:00 p.m. CST. Just click the “on air” button in the sidebar. That will take you to the website of The Growl, the student internet radio station at Missouri State University.

In other Rhetorica news, I met my dossier deadline on Monday. And I just finished the final draft of an essay that I’ll be sending to a new journal tomorrow–the deadline for the first edition the Community Literacy Journal. The essay is a case study of the Character Ed program in Springfield that considers how such programs are expressions of local ethos in service to the goals of the political culture.

Normal (whatever that is) blogging should resume by Thursday.

February 27, 2006

Rhetorica update…

I have a big fortnight ahead of me. I have to complete my dossier for 4th-year appointment by 13 March, and I have to meet a 15 March deadline for an essay. So that means I’ll slow down on blogging until I’ve completed those tasks. I will, however, post an medium-length entry later this week that attempts to answer this question: Does the standard writing style of journalism rot the brain? Watch for it 🙂

February 21, 2006

For your listening pleasure…

Listen to Radio Rhetorica today at 4:00 p.m. CST on The Growl. Just click the “on air” button in the sidebar.

Springfield Bloggers will meet at the Patton Alley Pub this evening at 7:00 CST. I’ll post a podcast of the event by about 9:00.

February 14, 2006

Hot air…

Don’t forget! Radio Rhetorica today 4:00 p.m. CST. I wonder what we’ll talk about? 🙂 Just click the on-air button in the sidebar. While we’ll certainly mention the ‘gate du jour, we will have a special guest. Dr. George Connor, from the political science department of Missouri State University, will join us to talk about stem cell research in Missouri.

January 24, 2006

Noise in the system…

Tune in to Radio Rhetorica today at 4:00 p.m. CST on The Growl. Just click the “on air” button in the sidebar.

← Previous Posts