I took a break from this blog because I didn’t think it mattered to people, particularly some of those who had power over my tenure review and over whether I got to stay at a job I loved. I tried to focus solely on what those people thought had “value,” and my blog was clearly not one of those things.
I made a mistake.
I’m sure this situation is not unusual to some of you who teach at colleges and are on a tenure track line. I shouldn’t have been surprised. After all, journalists, despite their important mission to inform the public and act as the public’s watchdog, are hardly treated with respect. But what I have come to realize is that I cannot let the views of some, regardless of their power, change what I do if I believe in it. It was true as a journalist, and it is certainly true as a journalism teacher.
I have a voice, and I am going to use it.
Thank you to all who have followed this blog. If you left, I will work to get you back as reader. If you stayed, thank you; I will work to make it worth your time.
So stay tuned for posts about all things journalism, particularly as relates to teaching, college journalism, media law, and gender and the media.
Of course what you say matters to people, welcome back!
Thank you, young and twenty!