Monday, June 23, 2008

fair and balanced education?

so tonight was my first night of my journalism class...i'm taking Information Strategies for Journalists at UAlbany. i showed up half an hour early (at least thats what i thought) because i hate being late, ran into some nano-tech nerds that were cradling a robot...i always hate walking into a classroom full of people and being stared at. anyways, long story short...of course i got lost. the campus is huge and i don't know my way around yet. finally found my way to the building, some lady helped me and this other kid find the class...turns out it started at 6, not 630. i mumbled to myself that i was pissed i was late and the other lost guy said, "hey don't worry we still have 3 hours left of class." maybe he had a point. my professor was out of town, so my advisor was sitting in. we've become great friends...i'm at his office a lot and calling with questions all the time. (he's either excited i'm so into school or secretly hates me for calling him so much). so i get the syllabus. moment of truth. flip through it real fast. come back to the first page. week one: "read Rich Feynmann excerpt, The Meaning of it All; and Howard Zinn excerpts from A Power Governments Cannot Suppress; also read clipping from, "Ex-Press Aide Writes That Bush Misled U.S. on Iraq..." 20 minutes into class, the first page...i already know what i'm getting myself into. and Howard Zinn? i read Zinn. i know how the story goes.
don't get my wrong, i have absolutely no problem with getting into these things because i can come at this from both sides...and i'm excited and i can't wait to cause a ruckus in class. the point is, the other students. who knows what they've experienced, read, is this going to be a fair and balanced education?

another topic: this professor really seems to be into blogs. week two: "should we care that traditional journalism dies? why? what are the advantages and disadvantages of the blogosphere over newspapers?" she also has a few blogs ( and has a Huffington Post page...
she also recommends...Salon and a shitty Albany newspaper and its boring blogs. is a little blurb about my professor from her Huffington Post page...
"Claudia Ricci, Ph.D., teaches Journalism, English and creative writing at the University at Albany, SUNY, through the University's Educational Opportunities Program. A former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and a prize-winning reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, Ricci published her first novel, Dreaming Maples in 2002 after it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. (available on Her short fiction has been published widely. She edits a community writing space at"

well i’m completely excited to learn! lets see how this class goes!


Blogger Long-time RN said...

Fair and balanced? Let us know!
Perhaps you'll share the reactions and responses to your viewpoints and experience during class participation? Great to 'hear' you excited about this adventure!

6/24/2008 08:02:00 PM  

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