Thursday, February 26, 2015

We have great leaders

I could write a bunch of cool stuff about our leadership team  but simply put we have a great team of leaders. I appreciate all they do for us.  They want to see The Chronicle succeed.  It is amazing how many great things a team accomplishes when no one cares about who gets the credit. (Stich is smiling!) 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

N.Y. Times columnist David Carr

Chronicle staff members first met New York Times Columnist David Carr a couple years ago when our class watched the movie Page One, Inside the New York Times.  Since then many current and former Chronicle staffers have read Carr's unique take on the media industry in his weekly Times column Media Equation.  It was sad to see that Carr passed away last week but it was almost fitting that he collapsed while in the Times' newsroom; a place he loved and defended.  Carr was a unique voice in the wilderness of today's modern journalism.  He covered the very industry that he works in and he wasn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers in the process.  Just click on this link to learn a little more about David Carr and if you like you can read a few of his columns.  He had an incredible way with words.
David Carr, who wriggled away from the demon of drug addiction to become a journalistic celebrity, a name-brand media columnist at The New York Times and a best-selling author who reported on his own near demise and recovery, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 58.
Mr. Carr collapsed in the Times newsroom, where he was found shortly before 9 p.m. He was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The cause had not been determined.

After learning of Carr's death I spent some time reading some of his work and then I was sent an incredible article about the inner workings of the New York Times.  This is a long but amazing article.  Anyone who professes to have an inkling of an interest in the world of journalism should take the time to read this article. How the New York Times Works, This is how the Gray Lady gets made in 2015 
The trucks, all packed up with news from the world, ready to roll out. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Getin' her blog on

"The Stich" responds. 
No matter what side of the aisle you fall on when it comes to issues I always like a good debate.  I think debate sharpens us and it helps us see both sides of an issue.  This week Gabrielle "The Stich"Stichweh blogged in response to a column that appeared in The Chronicle by Jessica Sommerville.  I think these two young women are incredibly articulate and intelligent. Jessica made some very thought provoking comments in her column last week "Wait one Second" and the "Stich" weighed in with her blog post  "Trained for that Second."  It is exciting to see such a diversity of opinion resides among our students. It is also very cool to see our staff members using their blogs to shape and voice their own opinions.  The topic is one that can be divisive but I know because of their mutual respect for one another I don't have to worry about a divide being created between these two talented students. Sometimes it doesn't matter what someone's opinion is, it's just nice they actually have one.

Monday, February 2, 2015

This week's B.O.W., a familiar face/blog

It doesn't take a lot to be a great blogger.  Sometimes it just means paying attention to what is going on around you.  Once again "Jess Sayin" was paying attention.  That is why she is this week's Blogger of the Week.  Pay a little visit to Jess Sayin is worth the time, especially if you notice that she has a category on her blog called Shear Awesomeness.

Team of the Week/Month/Year

While the Mason High School athletic teams earn team of the week and team of the month honors for their amazing accomplishments.  There is one team that isn't getting a whole lot of attention but they are deserving of team of the year honors.  They are the team that is Mason Sports Radio.  This group of webcasters and tweeters have done an amazing job covering football, girls and boys basketball, and wrestling. (They also plan on broadcasting sporting events in the spring.) Great job by this awesome team.  A huge shout goes to the leader of the webcast team Kevin Carey.  Kevin has done an amazing job of scheduling the webcasters, calling games, and pushing this group forward to take on new challenges.  You can follow the Comets on twitter @MHSsportsradio or live (including replays) at