Wednesday, April 30, 2008
RICHMOND, Va. - James Walter Crawley II was a journalist who climbed ropes, crawled on his belly, lifted weights, marched for miles, learned to use a gas mask and came under gunfire for the privilege of filing his military stories.
Crawley grew up in Oklahoma City and moved to Dallas his junior year in high school, where he joined the newspaper staff. He was in a pre-medical program at Texas A&M University, on the way to becoming an emergency room doctor, when he discovered a medical-school executive was taking kickbacks from a supplier, his wife (Melba Crawley) said.
Deciding to write a newspaper story about it, he went to the executive for comment, she said. "The man looked over his glasses and said, 'You're a second-year pre-med student and I can keep you from being able to get into a good medical school.'
"The next day, Jim changed his major to journalism and printed the story," his wife said.
Friday, April 25, 2008
James Crawley, Military Reporters and Editors President, Dies
James Crawley, a longtime military reporter who embedded during the invasion of Iraq and served as president of Military Reporters and Editors, died Tuesday night, according to Sig Christenson, a MRE board member.
Crawley, 51, had been battling brain cancer since late 2007, and had been unemployed for several months after being laid off from Media General's Washington bureau as part of a reorganization.
MRE's Crawley Was a Newsman and a Gentleman
In the weeks leading up to his death, Crawley was anything but a bitter or saddened figure. In several phone calls, he kept an optimistic outlook and seemed more interested in the well-being of his fellow journalists who were losing jobs than himself. He wanted no sympathy and remained adamant about keeping a positive focus.
I got to chat with him a little bit last year when I posted a little item about him. He was so kind and funny when we talked, and even got me to pull a running gag on an old friend of his. My thoughts are with his family and his many friends.
In addition to the administrative duties, the Executive Director serves as hands-on adviser to the news-editorial and photography staffs of The Daily Campus (the campus newspaper) and Rotunda (the campus yearbook) and their associated Web sites.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
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Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Nothing journalism-specific in this interview, but I thought it might be of interest to our readers as she talks about issues such as minority recruitment and what is required for A&M to become one of the top 3 public universities. They also discuss A&M traditions (she gently chides the basketball fans, saying "Aggies don't boo"), the future of Bonfire and Fidel Castro stepping down, which had happened the day of the interview. And she closes with a "Longhorn joke."
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Also, greetings to Roberto Farias, the new program assistant for Journalism Studies -- to whom these applications are due April 30!
... the conversation was "re-ignited" when NT President Gretchen Bataille took office in 2006 and brought with her a new administration.
... (In the past) Wells said the department has applied for grants and has been turned down because of its status.
"A couple times we applied for some pretty lucrative grants and we were turned down because we were a department and not a school," he said.
He said the journalism school's free-standing status would make it easier to get such grants but would also make competition for them more intense.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Black commentators under 40 at CNN, like the journalist and radio host Roland S. Martin; Amy Holmes, a conservative strategist and a former senior speechwriter for Bill Frist, Republican of Tennessee, the former Senate majority leader; and Jamal Simmons, a Democratic strategist, Obama supporter and veteran press spokesman with international experience, have been “breakout stars” this election, Professor Newkirk said.