“Take out the garbage!” was a command my mother shouted at me when I was
a kid. Today I stuff much of it down the garbage disposal; hit the “on”
switch for a few seconds and it all goes down the drain. The rest I wrap
tightly in a Walmart grocery bag, place it in the garbage can out back, and
once a week a big truck comes by and hauls it all away.
Why take out the garbage? Because it is not worth keeping and I don’t want
it to rot, stink and spoil everything else in my refrigerator. Oh that we
would do the same thing for our minds: take out the garbage, and for the same
Mind-garbage is any negative, nasty thought you need to take out of your
mind. It is anything that is not worth keeping and anything that spoils
everything else in your mind and heart. There are many kinds of garbage that
find entrance into your mind; here are three that, if not taken out, w... (more)
Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer
If you’re seeking wealth and fame, journalism might not be your best
choice. No one enters the field to get rich, and only a few ever become
An entry-level journalist will barely earn enough to survive if a job is even
available in today’s shrinking journalism job market. Even experienced beat
reporters don’t live in the rich part of town. The only people receiving
truly handsome wages in the news media today are celebrity journalists seen
on network and cable television news stations.
Fame is also elusive for most journalists. Only a few becom... (more)
New Media on Ulitzer
Newspapers were published from the 1500s to the 1900s, not by professional
journalists but by citizen journalists. Now, with the worldwide movement of
citizen journalism, THE CITIZENS ARE BACK!
The idea of citizens writing the news is not a new one. In fact, it is an
idea that is as old as the newspaper itself.
There were no professional journalists around 50 BC when Julius Caesar,
serving as the First Counsel of Rome, ordered scribes to publish the Acta
Diurna, a daily report of governmental activities.
There were no professional journalists in the early 1400s... (more)
Curiosity is the lifeblood of a citizen journalist
Lots of folks ask us, “What makes a good citizen journalist?”
The short answer is passion. But a good citizen journalist needs more than
just passion. Six proficiencies that a good citizen journalist needs to
Curiosity. Curiosity is the lifeblood of a good citizen journalist. It’s
what keeps the mind alert and the stories coming. The mother of a childhood
friend of mine once said, “All you boys do is go around turning over rocks
to see what’s beneath them.” She was talking about our insatiable
curiosity. A good citi... (more)
Citizen Journalist on Ulitzer
The American Revolution produced many notable newspapermen who wrote
passionately in support of independence and who injected into their writings
the idea of a free press. Many of their writings helped develop the press
freedoms that were written into the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
That is why the United States has been the world leader for press freedom for
well over 200 years. The US press earned the title of the “Fourth Estate”
because it positioned itself as a watchdog over the government.
This privileged press status is unique to the US a... (more)