Author Archives: jerrylanson

About jerrylanson

I teach, write, coach and sing, though you're not required to listen to the latter. I'm a journalism professor at Emerson College in Boston. My third book, "Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves," was published in November by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. You can read a sample chapter at www.jerrylanson.com. My passions are politics (generally liberal in outlook), music, mountains, golden retrievers and my grandchildren, though not in that order. Please stop by and mix it up with me. I always answer those who post.

Devon and me

It may be raining, but I had breakfast with Sunshine. Factoid of the day: “Santa is the only guy born with a beard.” Question of the day: “Does Santa give the Tooth Fairy presents?” Dialogue of the day: “Can we … Continue reading

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Barack Obama’s historic gamble

Barack Obama has once again assured his place in the history of the American presidency. Obama acted courageously, if carefully, this week in becoming the first American president to openly support gay marriage. In doing so, he took substantial risks – with … Continue reading

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Remembering Mom

My Mom had opinions on just about everything. And she wasn’t shy about sharing them either. Ethel Lanson was a teacher — first biology and then, when I was growing up on Long Island in the ’50s and ’60s, a … Continue reading

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Moving on

Dear friends, Though I’ll keep this address for the occasional family piece or travel piece, I’ve moved most of my blogging to the Huffington Post. From there, I’ll push it out to those who are Facebook friends or follow me … Continue reading

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Is it time to consider new standards for news?

Investigate. Verify. Publish. Journalism used to seem so much simpler. As a graduate student at the University of Missouri in the mid-1970s, I memorized the somewhat lofty language of the Hutchins Commission, which in 1947 urged American journalists to “provide a … Continue reading

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Media need to establish clear ethics codes on using, posting tweets

Don’t retweet this yet. Don’t post it on your news site. Not until you check to see if I am who I claim to be. That I’m a professor and not a charlatan. That my links are real. That I didn’t make up this … Continue reading

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Can the Red scares of the ’50s mount a comeback?

Nothing in politics should surprise me anymore.  This, after all, is a country in which, polls suggest, millions of Americans still believe our president was born in another country and practices the Muslim faith. That said, I was nonetheless surprised … Continue reading

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