A few years ago, I was teaching a digital journalism course at a local college. Recently, I’ve been thinking about how I’d update my syllabus to account for 2016. This reading list grew out of that. It has all the information I wish I could teach my former students, were I teaching this year: history, context, racial bias in the media, ethics, an examination of why people hate the press, and essays about the media’s role in a digital and contentious world.
The trouble with deciding to read one self-published book a month is that you can’t just go to Amazon and type in “self-published.” You also can’t plug “great self-published books” into Google; you’ll get pages and pages of of businesses trying to sell to self-published authors. So what do you do?
I had expected to attend the reading, hear some poems, and, frankly, drink some beer outside. I did not expect to see a crowd of hundreds of people at a poetry reading on a Wednesday, nor was I prepared for Kooser, a quiet Nebraskan in a baseball cap, to leave me feeling emotionally pummeled after reading an hour’s worth of poetry.
Mars is super-close to Earth this week; the closest it's been in 10 years. On May 30, it will be about 46.8 million miles away from Earth, which means that all this week, you can go outside and get a...