Author Archives: theoldperfessor

About theoldperfessor

I'm a college professor, teaching journalism and public relations classes at a small private university, and a freelance writer.

Hanging with the Hornets

I’ve always believed that one of the journalism educator’s biggest responsibilities — in addition to teaching students how to report, write and edit — is to give them a sense of the realities of the business. Not that learning how … Continue reading

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It’s tournament time, 2018 edition: A clean sweep for Wingate

In the under-appreciated and often unfairly ignored world of Division II, March Madness starts a little early. It came bearing a lively evening’s entertainment to Cuddy Arena at Wingate University on the last day of February, with a men’s and … Continue reading

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London calling, Part 2: Churchill, Cambridge, papers and kings

Fleet Street, as I noted in the previous post, is the historic home of the newspaper industry in London. The papers left in the 1980s, for reasons we’ll touch on momentarily. But there’s still plenty to see in that area … Continue reading

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London calling, Part 1

My wife Jayne and I have the poster above in our TV room as a reminder of our favorite city  in the world. And we took its advice and visited London for a few days (10 to be exact) after … Continue reading

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Loaves, fishes, the Great Eclipse and another beginning

Another school year is here, though the start of classes at Wingate University is still six days away. Our preparation for the work ahead begins each year with two or three days of meetings and workshops, usually on some pedagogical … Continue reading

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An innocent in a lacrosse press box

I’m sure I’ve written a few hundred thousand words about sports in almost 45 years of journalism and blogging. But I’m also sure these are the first I’ve written about lacrosse. It’s always fun to watch my students in out-of-classroom contexts … Continue reading

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A PR artifact

The school year is hitting the home stretch and spare time is getting harder and harder to find. But sometimes it’s just fun to go down the proverbial rabbit hole for a little while. I did that this afternoon, actually … Continue reading

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And the streak goes on…

WINGATE — There are no ugly wins in February, Wingate University men’s basketball coach Brian Good says. “The only ugly ones are in November or December,” he said after his team’s 85-77 South Atlantic Conference victory over Newberry on Wednesday … Continue reading

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A story to tell

Every other Spring Semester, I teach a class in Digital Journalism. The course objective is to introduce students to ways of sharing a story with an audience that don’t necessarily involve paper and ink. It’s not the wave of the … Continue reading

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Mallo Cups: A love story

Note: I want to give credit where it’s due on this post. My wonderful wife posted this on her Facebook page yesterday. It’s quite literally a sweet little story and I wanted to add a little love to the Internet … Continue reading

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