Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

I See You: Taking Risks Online

I’m not one to lecture and I hate being lectured to, but when it comes to talking to my students about establishing an online presence, I turn on my ‘lecture’ voice. “Be proud of what you produce because it is permanent.” In the past 5 years, I have uttered these words more times than I care to remember.

Here’s Why: Continue reading

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April 7, 2011 Posted by | Blog, Journalism, Teaching | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Has Journalism Been Hit With an Ugly Stick?

Ugly_StickJournalists are trained to be objective – trained to report on the good, the bad, and the ugly. However, when it comes to our own profession, we often find it difficult to see anything but the good.

 The truth is that there are many ugly aspects of the job, and as this industry continues to change rapidly, many ugly trends have evolved. Continue reading

October 6, 2009 Posted by | Blog, Journalism, Teaching | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Five Things Every Student Journalist Should Do … Now

reporter_thumbStudent journalists are busy people. Beyond tending to class work, outside jobs, and attempting to have somewhat of a social life, they spend their days brainstorming story ideas, writing stories, gathering video and photos, laying out pages, and managing ethical dilemmas. 

They work tirelessly to produce fair, accurate, and balanced coverage of campus communities while also trying to inform and entertain readers. As the college media adviser for The Montage, my job is to provide the resources and training needed, guide and counsel students, and even serve as a sounding board when the pressure is leading to burnout. Continue reading

August 5, 2009 Posted by | Blog, Journalism, Teaching | , , , , | 2 Comments

Social Media Overload

twitterI’ve spent the past few days immersed, overwhelmed, delighted, and frustrated with social media. As participants in the Associated Collegiate Press Summer Journalism Workshops in Minneapolis, Minn. four of my students and I have been bombarded with high-tech options for reinventing and improving the standards for student newspaper publishing. Continue reading

July 25, 2009 Posted by | Blog, Journalism, Teaching | , , , , | Leave a comment