My day has been filled with flashbacks. Not the exciting kind that result from a visit with Doc and a ride in the Delorean. Sadly, these were a different, slightly more agonizing breed. The vivid recalls were a result of scrutinizing studies of AP style and news writing exercises. Just a glace at my stylebook can conjure an image of me as a freshman at ASU, palms sweating, knowing I’m going to miss something on an AP style quiz. I remember Intro to Journalism 101 like it was yesterday, especially the first time I was required to write a story from prompts in 50 minutes. Frenzied typing and near panic ensued.

But today I was glad for those times – and want to wish a warn thank you to Dr. Calvin Hall and Dr. Sharon Pennell. Although back then I thought your devious ways were simply for your own sick enjoyment, I have learned over the years that I am actually the one indebted for your services.

Dean Robertson graced the boot camp crew this morning to provide her expertise on all things grammar. An AP Style aficionado (a real sheik if you will) Dean Robertson corrected our take home style quizzes and gave us the skinny on who v. whom, which v. that and all those irksome redundancies that cause her to wake up screaming in the night.

After we were thoroughly schooled – with some left rocking nervously in the corner – we moved on to basics of news writing. The most interesting aspect of this conversation to me was when the dean and Josh Hatch moved into a discussion of the Internet and the current state of production. This incessant little issue seems to preclude every journalistic discussion, and I thought it telling that it made its way into even the simplest of basic writing lectures.

The dean labored on the point that as a different form of media, print editions shouldn’t be copy pasted on the Internet. “[The Internet] is a different medium. The presentation is different, the content needs to be different,” she said.

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