JEFF PEARLMAN

Coming October 2022: "The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson"

Professor Pearlman …

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… sounds sorta weird to me, but, well, it is what it is.

This fall I will be teaching writing at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. Here’s the release from the school.

This will be my first time teaching a class, though I’ve lectured at a slew of universities over the years. I’ve been thinking back to my ol’ journalism classes at the University of Delaware, but then I stop. The business has changed so incredibly much through the years, I just don’t think I should be thinking of this in conventional terms.

In other words, what is journalism in 2010? More opinionated? Certainly. Less newspaper-oriented? Without question. Is there still the same importance on the inverted pyramid lede? On the nut graph? On the proper formatting of a new story? Hard to say, but I’d argue No. The modern journalist must be able to handle 8,000 branches at once—newspaper story, Twitter feeds, web updates, etc … etc.

It just ain’t the same—and I’m excited.

PS: If you’re wondering, the photo is of Sue Flack, one of my all-time favorite actresses.