Posts Tagged ‘Journalism’

“Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” (James Agee & Walker Evans)

10 August 2020

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Agee, James and Walker Evans, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.

New York: Mariner Books, 1939


Currently reading …

10.08.2020, Monday

Reflections on reading and academic writing

7 May 2020

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Weekly planning. 7.5.20 Thu

1/read and take notes of Criticism: Roland Barthes, Death of the author / RossEaman, History of Journalism / Raymond Williams, Keywords / Northrop Frye, The Anatomy of Criticism

2/read and notice other essays:  (1 / 2 / 3 dealing with the same topic)

3/write annotations about books, reads, ideas & writing drafts (handwriting, typing)

4/read and consult HANDBOOKs on criticism, literature, journalism: (Gregory Castle, Julie Rivkin)

5/consult JSTOR (Journal Storage)

6/read manuals on method (Patrick Dunleavy, Authoring a PhD: How to Plan, Draft, Write …)

7/be always, always curious about style. Read Style Handbooks (Paul J. Silvia, How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing )


E. Fouz.-7.5.2020





My notes on PhD



Focus on literary journalism (blog)

1 May 2020

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Another blog on literature and journalism written by Ronald R. Rodgers

Journalism and literature on blogger


an excerpt:

Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Learning to Read

Learning to Read by Malcolm X – 1 –
“Born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925, Malcolm X was one of the most articulate and powerful leaders of black America during the 1960s. A street hustler convicted of robbery in 1946, he spent seven years in prison, where he educated himself and became a disciple of Elijah Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam. In the days of the civil rights movement, Malcolm X emerged as the leading spokesman for black separatism, a philosophy that urged black Americans to cut political, social, and economic ties with the white community. After a pilgrimage to Mecca, the capital of the Muslim world, in 1964, he became an orthodox Muslim, adopted the Muslim name El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, and distanced himself from the teachings of the black Muslims. He was assassinated in 1965. In the following excerpt from his autobiography (1965), coauthored with Alex Haley and published the year of his death, Malcolm X describes his self-education.

It was because of my letters that I happened to stumble upon starting to acquire some kind of a homemade education.

I became increasingly frustrated. at not being able to express what I wanted to convey in letters that I wrote, especially those to Mr. Elijah Muhammad. In the street, I had been the most articulate hustler out there – I had commanded attention when I said something. But now, trying to write simple English, I not only wasn’t articulate, I wasn’t even functional. How would I sound writing in slang, the way I would say it, something such as, “Look, daddy, let me pull your coat about a cat, Elijah Muhammad-“

Many who today hear me somewhere in person, or on television, or those who read something I’ve said, will think I went to school far beyond the eighth grade. This impression is due entirely to my prison studies.

It had really begun back in the Charlestown Prison, when Bimbi first made me feel envy of his stock of knowledge. Bimbi had always taken charge of any conversations he was in, and I had tried to emulate him. But every book I picked up had few sentences which didn’t contain anywhere from one to nearly all of the words that might as well have been in Chinese. When I just skipped those words, of course, I really ended up with little idea of what the book said. So I had come to the Norfolk Prison Colony still going through only book-reading motions. Pretty soon, I would have quit even these motions, unless I had received the motivation that I did.

I saw that the best thing I could do was get hold of a dictionary – to study, to learn some words. I was lucky enough to reason also that I should try to improve my penmanship. It was sad. I couldn’t even write in a straight line. It was both ideas together that moved me to request a dictionary along with some tablets and pencils from the Norfolk Prison Colony school.”


Learning to read (Malcolm X)


The blog includes several cultural links on writing style, guides, curious texts. There is a particular site dedicated to Literary Journalism Studies which deserves a place on its own:

International Association of Literary Journalism Studies


And what’s more, some articles on Literary Journalism



PhD, sophomore

“A hundred books every journalist must read” (John Kroll)

16 April 2020

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[Photography: malastampa, @Tumblr]


I´ve come to this post on journalism as I was searching for books dealing with the best or at least most interesting books about the art of writing. The author, John Kroll (@jkrolldigital) is an online editor, reporter and picture editor.


100 books every journalist must read

 John Kroll

July 31, 2014
A young journalism student once asked a newspaper editor what she should do to prepare for her hoped-for career as a political reporter. “Read,” the editor said. Absolutely, I thought, sitting between them, waiting for my own interview for a top job to resume.

“Read Shakespeare,” he said. “And the Bible.” Forsooth, I thought, that will not beget much gain. And, I added to myself, my interview is not going to end well.

I have a more mundane view of the must-read journalism books. I’ve assembled a list that is, if not the absolute best books on journalism, at least all strong contenders. My criteria:

-They must be examples of journalism, or about the practice or history of journalism and storytelling.
-They should be of long-term value.
-They should, in sum, provide the reader with a broad perspective on journalism as a craft and an understanding of key developments.

Those rules explain why most of the books on this list are older; it takes time to prove value. I’ve tried to represent the digital future, but technical books grow outdated quickly, and the future is so uncertain that I’m hesitant to anoint any book as prescient. And some books I simply dislike, even though they show up on many lists like this (“The Elements of Style,” “On Writing,” “The Journalist and the Murderer” and “Personal History”). I’ve explained my reasons in a separate post. (Also, I’m keeping a post of books that drop off the list.)”


Continue reading:


John Kroll´s web




PhD, sophomore

Journalism as Literature (Ronald R. Rodgers’ s blog)

27 March 2020

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ronald r rodgers

I am a follower of Ronald R. Rodgers

See the picture on the right side column

of efnotebloc

His blog is here:

the struggle for the soiudl

The cover of The Struggle for the Soul

of Journalism (R. R. Rodgers)

[on my books to read list]


The text below is one Rodgers offers in his website


On this occasion Richard Gilbert writes about

top 10 essays of all time:


Advice on attitude in the classroom (Ronald R. Rodgers)

7 April 2019

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I have found some notes on good behaviour surfing on the internet. I was having a look at some texts written by Ronald R. Rodgers Ph.D., Associate Professor in Journalism, University of Florida (USA) when I discovered these lines about classroom rules.


WRITTEN by R. R. Rodgers


“Spring 2017

Dr. Ronald R. Rodgers

Late assignments: No assignment can be late under any circumstances. Work turned in late will not be accepted unless you have a legitimate and documented excuse.

Common courtesy: For heaven’s sake, turn off your cell phone! Please also observe other rules of common courtesy, such as not speaking to your classmates (or yourself) when others are making a presentation, not falling asleep in class, not scrolling the Web, etc.

Be Good: And I have to say this as part of our contract: You need to conduct yourself in a courteous manner both in and out of class when it comes to dealing with fellow students or your instructor. That means any rude, obstructive or aggressive behavior will not be tolerated, and manifestations of same will mean your ouster from the class. I have a zero-tolerance policy on this.” (…) 

-Extract from the website of Ronald R. Rodgers-

Ronald R. Rodgers´ profile



Now I am reading about this dandy called Tom Wolfe and New Journalism

15 September 2018

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[Tom Wolfe, photo by Patrick Swirc]



Una columna periodística para leer en Galicia un día de lluvia

18 January 2011

(La oficina café. Lugo, diciembre 2010.- Fotografía: EF)

A mi mejor amigo, José Antonio MC.

Aunque suene a broma encontrar una columna escrita en gallego en un blog que alterna la lengua inglesa con la española, este no es el caso. Xosé Carlos Caneiro es el autor de “Aznavour” que publicaba el día 28 de diciembre de 2010 “La Voz de Galicia”.

Uno no ha podido evitar emocionarse al leer el Día de los Santos Inocentes el texto en la contraportada del diario mientras esperaba a su mejor amigo en un café en su ciudad natal y llovía como es normal. Era invierno y tiempo de Navidad.

La Voz de Galicia –Martes 28 de diciembre de 2010



Xosé Carlos Caneiro

Escoitaba a Aznavour mentres viñan sobre os ollos, chorándome, todas as palabras que repite a humanidade. Xa saben: feliz aninovo, olvidarás os malos momentos e vencerás, chegarán por fin as pombas ao teu balcón, a muller ou o home que non saben de metáforas entenderán talvez por qué tanto amabas, o individuo díscolo e hipócrita dirá que só ti importas, feliz aninovo outra vez, 2011 rima con alegría… Escoitaba todas as palabras que todos escoitamos mentres Aznavour cantaba que estaba Venecia triste sen ti. Choraba. As lágrimas son redentoras cando chega un novo ano; incluso parecen estúpidas cando un é capaz de escribilas un 28 de decembro. Qué triste está Venecia… cantaba Aznavour.

Eu quería que asubiases esa canción que todos coñecemos mentres escribo estas palabras. Estes «ques» que saen do meu corazón como unha oración que non sabe mentir. Que a felicidade escriba nos teus ollos toda a felicidade que os malos tempos roubaron. Que gañe a inocencia (este 28 de decembro) e que perda a experiencia, os tres pés do gato, o «desconfía e vencerás», o «máis vale paxaro en man que cento voando». Que mires a lúa e escribas poemas de mazá mentres todos escriben nada. Que ames, que te amen. Que 2011 veña cargado de sacos que ti vas romper cada noite, lúa por lúa, esperando o inesperado: o amor que chega cando non agardas por el. Que as nenas e nenos sigan soñando cos reis… que existen, aínda que xa non creas neles. Que non te entregues ao que non queres entregarte. Que pelexes polos teus principios (aínda que os teus principios non sexan rendibles nin comerciais). Que escribas cartas de amor, agora que só escribimos e-mails e facebooks e tuentis con sabor a superficie. Qué triste está Venecia. A 28 de decembro eu quero que musites esa canción mentres les esta columna da boa sorte. Que mires a lúa. Que cantes e cantes e cantes… Como Aznavour.”

Young journalists from ceceii isok in LAVERDAD

8 November 2009


This is the first edition of a new project for schools. It has to do with journalism, so I got immediately  involved.

We were the first school team registered in” Primera Edición de miperiódico digital” a project of elaboration of a weekly digital newspaper supported by LA VERDAD GRUPO MULTIMEDIA and Consejería de Educación, Formación y Empleo from the Community of Murcia.

To tell the truth, the work is really easy to do and what´s more it is fascinating: going out to the town and ask people about anything, consulting the internet, making use of Wikipedia and reading lots of printed press such as 2ominutos, LAVERDAD, Público, ABC or ELPAÍS, that is, any kind of newspaper or digital press that could be useful to get ideas and to exploit the topic weekly proposed by the Council of Education of our Community and the newspaper LAVERDAD. Here the work of the coordinator, Fernando Castillo, is really helpful by keeping all tutors informed of any changes in mind as well as replying to any doubt we might have.

Thank to this experience the students work with the internet, learn and practise good writing, get worried about orthography and the relevance of school in life, in society.

The question who worried all teachers of  how to get their students motivated to get information or to make them read a lot has a reply here. This is the first edition and we think that it is a complete success. From a starting point for the first two weeks of 7 teams , the competition achieved a number of 336 teams in the Community of Murcia.

Our school presents 2 teams this year: “ceceii isok ” and “Dossier“. This latter is being coordinated by José Luis Rodriguez, teacher of Music at CEI and the first team is being coordinated by myself.

Our team-ceceii isok-has received the visit of canal6 television from LVGM and we had the chance to see the relevance of this work. (The cameramen Paco and Juan David can be seen on the document below, as well as Silvia, the journalist)

The young journalists at ceceii isok are Mariola Hernández, Marina López, Sara Pina and María Dolores Cánovas. This document below is the page of the newspaper in which we write about canal6 visit to our school.

noticia ceceiiisok

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