The Log blog
Musings of the director of student publications.
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04/15/11 08:18 AMI seem to have created a monster. In my first blog outing, I wrote about a former Pine Log editor who presented a seminar at a recent student journalism conference. Today I had lunch with another former editor and his wife, a former advertising manager, who were in for a visit from the frozen north, and we were joined by yet another PL ex-head honcho. All of them had the same question: When are you going to write about us? So here it goes. I guess the rest of you are going to have to stand in line and wait your turn. At lunch I was struck by the fact that we don’t just work together at The Pine Log, we actually forge relationships that last a lifetime. It’s remarkably like building a family, except that we get to actually pick the people in that group. At...
04/06/11 15:30 PMI learned a big lesson from a former Pine Logger last week. He was speaking to a group of college journalists, and he advised them to write as if no one will read it. The point, of course, was not to let what others may think about your writing keep you from writing your own personal truth. “It prevents you from considering the story’s effect on your source or your audience,” he said. As he spoke, I determined to begin my blogging experience writing about the speaker—Jeff Prince. When I was a graduate assistant in the Department of Student Publications in the mid-‘80s, Jeff was editor of The Pine Log, SFA’s twice-weekly campus newspaper. My first inclination was to write about what an innovative writer he is, how well he has done professionally. I...