Hamilton! in the news Oct. 29, 2014

HEY! Hamilton!

Reminder: Hamilton’s Trick-or-Treat takes place 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The weather is expected to be cold and rainy, much like it was in 2013. Bundle up!

Applebee’s on Princeton Road in Fairfield Twp. celebrated a ribbon cutting following renovations. The Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce posted photos here.

The annual Santa Parade will be Dec. 6, and there’s a facebook event page for it. There is also a facebook event page for the Hamilton tree lighting, which is set for Nov. 21. Check that out here.

Some stores are refusing to be open for sales on Thanksgiving Day, and television news station WCPO in Cincinnati published a “Don’t Waste Your Money” piece on it. Check out the list.

RiversEdge, the concert venue along the river in downtown Hamilton, is seeking input on which bands to include in next year’s lineup. Scroll down a bit on…

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Finding a Story

Create. Connect. Explore. Reflect.

Because it is the weekend (and weekends invite me to be extra “bloggy” on the off chance that my readers have extra time to read), I am posting a this little story, a flashback from an experience that happened this summer. Enjoy.


Being a writer, or at least a writer of the journalist variety, is not really so difficult. Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone. And most people want to tell their stories, may even want to have their stories shared.

Take Shawn, for example, the dark-skinned blue-shirted middle-aged man who works at the Goodyear in San Leandro. Shawn helped me get my oil changed for the first time in six months this past June. He is friendly and helpful and good at what he does, greeting me at the door with an eager “How can I help you?” He doles out customer service like he’s giving free samples, and assures me that my…

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Christian Patriots

Technology would make it easier for mainstream media to distort the news.


The largest U.S. newspaper publisher is experimenting with Facebook’s virtual reality headset to allow readers to experience a news story in a 3D immersive environment, but one expert warns the technology could lead to “virtual propaganda” which misleads viewers.

Gannett Company, which owns numerous newspapers including USA Todayused the Oculus Rift headset to create a virtual reality presentation of an Iowa farm as part of a special report on agriculture for the Des Moines Register.

Headset viewers could experience various farm activities from their own point-of-view, including children tending to livestock and farmers repairing a tractor.

“This is the way we, as journalists, are going to need to communicate to the Minecraft generation,” Gannett’s Digital Vice President Mitch Gelman told the Poynter Institute, referring to the popular first-person sandbox game which gives players creative…

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Q and A: Baltimore Reporter Talks About Social Media in Journalism

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(Photo Courtesy of CBS Baltimore) (Photo Courtesy of CBS Baltimore)

I decided to interview Mark Viviano from WJZ-TV because he has spent much of his career covering sports. Mark Viviano was a graduate of the the University of Missouri School of Journalism.  Viviano is currently the sports director for WJZ-TV.  Most recently, Viviano was a studio anchor and national correspondent for CNN-Sports Illustrated.  Viviano has had an illustrious career and even was the journalist who broke the story of the Cleveland Browns’ relocation to Baltimore in November 1995.  I have recently gotten the opportunity to ask him a few questions about how social media is incorporated in journalism.

TB– “How has social media changed the journalism landscape in your opinion?”

MV– “Yes, I believe social media has significantly changed the journalism landscape.  Journalists can provide more information in more formats (especially mobile) and provide it more quickly than ever. The widespread use of…

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Who Wants to Be a Better Writer?


In this posWritert-modern world where everyone is encouraged to express their opinion to the universe—in 140 characters or less on occasion—we should all strive to be better at articulating our thoughts in writing.

I laugh along with everyone else at the cartoons about the Grammar Police and the proper use of “there, their, and they’re,” but why is it funny? When did poor grammar become a joke?

This morning I was interviewed about a fundraising event our writers’ group is hosting. It’s sad to think that we needed a fundraiser. Why would a non-profit organization that promotes better writing not be filled to the brim with members? You can’t throw a stick without hitting a blogger.  Most people do some sort of writing every day in their job.

Whether one writes reports, articles, direct mail copy, blogs, marketing material, novels, instructional pieces, web copy, emails or even personal correspondence…

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This psychological case for advertising…

Reforming the Line

Advertising “The other day I saw and very thoroughly enjoyed a popular play called It Pays to Advertise; which is all about a young business man who tries to break up the soap monopoly of his father, a more old-fashioned business man, by the wildest application of American theories of the psychology of advertising. One thing that struck me as rather interesting about it was this. It was quite good comedy to give the old man and the young man our sympathy in turn. It was quite good farce to make the old man and the young man each alternately look a fool. But nobody seemed to feel what I felt to be the most outstanding and obvious points of folly. They scoffed at the old man because he was old; because he was old-fashioned; because he himself was healthy enough to scoff at the monkey tricks of their mad advertisements. But nobody really criticized him for having made a corner, for which he might…

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