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Kalamazoo, Michigan, by race

What happened after Ta-Nehisi Coates visited our city? By Sue Ellen Christian   Everything and nothing, as you would expect. But also, for me, old ideas from the American psychologist Gordon Allport and the journalist Robert Maynard got a new hold on my imagination. The auditorium was packed with 2,500 people and could have held […]

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In the first of three articles in the New York Review of Books on “Digital Journalism: How Good Is It?” author Michael Massing gives himself this assignment: That digital technology is disrupting the business of journalism is beyond dispute. What’s striking is how little attention has been paid to the impact that technology has had […]

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The news media and social media: Together for better and for worse    By Sue Ellen Christian and Herbert Lowe {Note: This is the second in Zeteo‘s Fall 2014 series of pieces related to borders.}   St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch indicted both traditional news media and social media when he announced the […]

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Henrietta Lacks (re The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks)

A dialogue on the ethical dilemmas in the reporting and writing of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Sue Ellen Christian and Ann Miles Sue Ellen Christian is an associate professor of journalism at Western Michigan University. Her book, Overcoming Bias: A Journalist’s Guide to Culture and Context was published in 2012 by Holcomb […]

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

A dialogue on the ethical dilemmas in the reporting and writing of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Sue Ellen Christian and Ann Miles Sue Ellen Christian is an associate professor of journalism at Western Michigan University. Her book, Overcoming Bias: A Journalist’s Guide to Culture and Context was published in 2012 by Holcomb […]

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June 14, 2018

The time that takes place in stories compared to the time that we actually live is radically abbreviated. It briskly sweeps aside all the commonplace moments that make up the long stretch of toilsome time and focuses instead on the interesting and compelling. With a mere section break or a simple transitional phrase, days, months, and whole years are disposed of as if they had no significance at all. “Then time passed slowly until the day arrived when….” A lot of important living is hidden in such a phrase. From the moment-to-moment flow of time, the storyteller lifts out only those narr...

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

A dialogue on the ethical dilemmas in the reporting and writing of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Sue Ellen Christian and Ann Miles Sue Ellen Christian is an associate professor of journalism at Western Michigan University. Her book, Overcoming Bias: A Journalist’s Guide to Culture and Context was published in 2012 by Holcomb […]

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May 11, 2018

Using personal essay, literary reference, and journalistic voice, the article plants itself on our existential doorstep while illuminating Barnes' novel one more time. Very strong. Thanks.

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

A dialogue on the ethical dilemmas in the reporting and writing of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Sue Ellen Christian and Ann Miles Sue Ellen Christian is an associate professor of journalism at Western Michigan University. Her book, Overcoming Bias: A Journalist’s Guide to Culture and Context was published in 2012 by Holcomb […]

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May 10, 2018

"When these new memories suddenly came upon me … time had been placed in reverse. As if, for that moment, the river ran upstream." Stolen from Barnes's book for my poem "From the Vale for a Soul Making". Great book to write about.

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