storytime: chats with uber drivers

The first time I took an Uber, I tried to get into the wrong car. I was in Arlington, Va., and after a midnight soak in a friend's rooftop hot tub on a freezing February night, I had to get back to my budget hotel in D.C. My friend sent me a code for a free Uber …

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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 …

linguistic weapons: ISIS, ISIL, IS or Daesh?

France, always the blazing non-conformist, has recently decided to stop calling ISIS by the name ISIS... or ISIL, or the Islamic State. Instead, its foreign minister recently announced that the French government would begin calling the group "Daesh." Why am I writing about this? A great question, my Discerning Reader. Here's the reason: words matter, and …

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 …