Since becoming the Detroit Free Press' recruiter in 1990, my work and the journalism industry have changed in unexpected ways. The transformation is rapid. One benefit is that I now learn from and help other Gannett recruiters. is a hub site that helps keep everything organized. It tells you what I am up to, it links to my latest work and it is a test site for new projects. My best ideas have always come from you, so please write.
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Courses in professional branding, cultural competence
December 21, 2012 11:47 PM

I'll be teaching two new courses at Michigan State University in 2013.

In one, we will learn about branding and marketing by developing the students' career brands and on-line presences. The hope is that the work they do will boost their careers and give them experience that will help them brand other things.

In the other class, we will develop a 100-question myth-busting guide to help people become more culturally competent. The students will help choose the group we will study.


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Wanted: outstanding high school journalists
December 21, 2012 11:41 PM

I am recruiting for three great national programs:

The Northwestern-Medill Journalism Institute will give approximately 85 rising high school seniors five weeks of intense journalism training -- and intense fun. I plan to be there for the whole five weeks, as I wasn for the 2009-2012 editons. I'll probably be the only senior in the dorm who is not in high school.

The Al Neuarth Free Spirit Journalism Conference will take one student fron each of the 50 states and the Distrct of Columbia to Washington, D.C., for a week in July. I will be working with the Freedom Forum again this year to fill these slots.

The Asian American Journalists Association JCamp, usually piggybacks on one convention or another. This year, it will be in D.C.June 21-26 to coincide with the convention of the American Society of News Editors. About 50 high school students. mostly sophomores and juniors will get in. I was on staff for the 2011 JCamp. A great experience.




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Students slam book in 101 days
December 21, 2012 11:30 PM

One of the best projects of 2012 was "The New Bullying," a book that one of my journalism classes at Michigan State University slammed in 101 days, from first class to published. Bullying_front_cover_200x300Our goals were:</p>
<p>* Create and publish the book in one semester</p>
<p>* Publish on every platform (paperback, Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, and to be compaytible with platfomrs that are not yet up.)</p>
<p>* Put the book up for sale</p>
<p>* Use keyword analysis to determine reader interest and to design the book and its website.</p>

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