vote baby vote!

In journalism school, we like to talk a lot about reporters' role in a democracy. Inform the public of affairs! Power to the people! Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable! Too bad there's a lot of pre-election reporting that falls into the so-called Horse Race; rather than covering the issues, journalists pick up on the …

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how to define “barbarian”: a case study on ISIS

A few days ago, I retweeted this from a fellow Mizzou journalist (ignore the fact that he's a national correspondent a the L.A. Times and I'm a first-semester grad student--we're essentially colleagues): Oh boy, this got people talking. "As if they have to be mutually exclusive" responded one Twitterer. "Tech savvy barbarians are still barbarians," said …

thoughts on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the invasion of poland

September 1, 1939: Seventy-five years ago today, when my grandparents were twelve years old, Adolf Hitler invaded their country. My grandparents lived in a village near Lwow in the eastern part of Poland.  Dziadziu (my grandpa) had been in love with Babcia (my grandma) since kindergarden, and, according to stories from my mother, his preferred courting …

jazz age january: “down and out in paris and london,” george orwell

The Paris of my imagination was no match for the Paris of my twenty-first birthday. I wasn't expecting to visit the city at all, due to my dire lack of funds, but I was studying at Cambridge, and my parents bought the Chunnel ticket as a birthday present. I expected excitement, good wine, maybe a …

jazz age january: “how it feels to be colored me,” zora neale hurston

For a book considered to be the pinnacle of literary representation for the Jazz Age, the The Great Gatsby mentions African Americans once: “As we crossed Blackwell’s Island, a limousine passed us, driven by a white chauffeur, in which sat three modish Negroes, two bucks and a girl. I laughed aloud as the yolks of …