StoryWeb: Storytime for Grownups


Do you love stories? Yeah? Of course you do! I’m not lying when I say that, besides recess and naptime, storytime is one activity that I wished was carried over into high school and collage. Now, my wish has been granted thanks to former English professor Dr. Linda Tate. Dr. Tate, a fellow lover of stories, has created a blog and podcast called StoryWeb: Storytime for Grownups that celebrates all kinds of stories. After twenty-six years of teaching literature and writing at universities around the country and being named West Virginia Professor of the Year, Dr. Tate decided it was time to focus on her own writing. StoryWeb offers a different story each week. According to Dr. Tate, “every Monday, you’ll find a short blog post about the featured story as well as a multimedia clip highlighting the featured story. Hear E. B. White read from Charlotte’s Web, tune in for Hazel Dickens singing “Mama’s Hand”, watch Joseph Campbell explain how Star Wars brings the hero’s journey to life, or listen as I read the Seneca tale, “The Origin of Stories”. Treat yourself to five or ten minutes of a great tale, hand-selected by Dr. Tate herself from genres including fiction, memoir, poetry, film, song, oral storytelling, and more. StoryWeb will also be available as a free podcast in iTunes. To subscribe to the StoryWeb email list go to If you are not interested in subscribing, no worries. You don’t have to subscribe to StoryWeb’s email list to visit and listen: so come check it out and get your storytime fix.

Social Media: A Journalistic Tool


Do you use social media as a news outlet? Then you’re not alone, as a survey from the Pew Research Journalism Project gathered information that showed nearly half of American adults receive news from the Facebook feeds. Because of this, author Eric Newton encourages journalism educators to start implementing social media into their teaching.

In this article from PBS MediaShift, a closer look is taken at why social media should be implemented into introductory journalism courses. Each platform has idiosyncratic characteristics that affect how ideas and news are communicated. Understanding these characteristics is crucial for effective usage of these platforms. I definitely learned a thing or two from this article. Definitely check it out!





How To Write Award Winning Social Media Bios

Well, maybe not “award winning” but definitely awesome and job worthy. WRA 415 (Digital Rhetoric) taught me the hard way that one of the most important aspects of your professional identity is online. Of that online identity, the section where you describe yourself as a professional is what makes the biggest impact. The image you want to portray to potential employers is the same but because each site is has different requirements and functions, so does your bio. This fantastic article uses screenshots, examples, and tips to outline 6 foolproof rules for writing a kick butt bio. It includes social media sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+.

How To: Choosing the Best Personal Website Platform


Thinking about starting a personal website? Then you probably know that there are countless options of website platforms to choose from. There’s WordPress, Tumblr, and Wix, Weebly, and many more. With so many choices, it can be daunting to commit to a platform. You want the best option, but how do you know which one is best?

There are many different facets to choosing the right host for you, and Mashable provides a quick guide of a few website platforms to help ease the process, including pros and cons lists! Definitely check it out if you’re thinking about starting a personal website.