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Instructor for Online Course in Advocacy Journalism
"I'd like to open up access to my course to as wide an audience as possible so that I can help students make a difference in the world."

Characteristics

Personal

  • George is an retired journalist, who worked for over 30 years as a respected editorial writer for Madison's Capital Times newspaper.
  • He lives with his wife, Rosalie, and one high-school age son in a historic home on the west side of Madison, which he and his wife spent a lot of time and effort renovating. His daughter left for college at Ohio State last year, but since the family is close she is often home for holidays.
  • George used Microsoft Word for many years to write his stories, and is a PC user with an average level of tech-savvyness. He used the web often to research his news stories as a Journalist, and is still very talented at finding good information using Google. He will often watch clips on YouTube and still follows links too information sent to him in email "forwards" from his friends--he hasn't gotten sick of them yet! His leaves most of the photo organizing to his wife, who uses Picassa to put photos online for family & friends, but he occasionally uploads photos, creates albums of trips with his buddies, or add captions.

Teaching

  • George decided to retire at age 50 when the paper stopped publishing a few years ago. After thoroughly indulging his passions for travel, reading, and fishing, and biking, he decided the best thing he could do with his free time would be to teach. When he learned there was an opportunity to teach a pilot on-line course for the School of Journalism on Advocacy Journalism 3 years ago, he jumped at the chance.
  • He designed the course with an Instructional Designer who has more experience
  • They use the Blackboard Learning Management System to manage course material along with the ePresence for webcasting and videoconferencing.

Goals

  • Remain intellectually fulfilled
  • Teach students about something he's passionate about - to help them make a difference in the world
  • "Open up" his courses to as large and diverse an audience as possible
  • Encourage collaboration and sharing of information across schools, since the field of Advocacy Journalism is so specialized
  • Continue to contribute to the field of Journalism
  • Spend lots of quality time with his family
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