Welcome

This is my new web site, and its main purpose is to invite your attention to my self-published memoir, Paper Route: Finding My Way to Precision Journalism. But, of course, there’s other stuff. You can find my up-to-date vita here, links to some of my work, and some  history. For my current musings, please go to my blog, also powered by WordPress.  A link there will take you to a vendor for the book.

I am emeritus from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, still doing some writing and speaking. The first half of my career was in newspaper journalism, from the Clay Center (Kansas) Dispatch to the corporate headquarters of Knight Ridder when it was a large newspaper group based in Miami. The second half was teaching and research at Chapel Hill.

The subtitle of my memoir, is, of course, a reference to my first book, Precision Journalism: A Reporter’s Introduction to Social Science Methods (1973). Its premise, unusual for the time, was that reporters should understand scientific method, not just to write about it, but to apply it in their own work. The idea spread more swiftly than expected because of its usefulness in covering the social turmoil of the times. I tell that story in the memoir.