John Paxson http://nwpr.org en News Nuggets: Froufrou http://nwpr.org/post/news-nuggets-froufrou <p></p><p>Language is a slippery thing.&nbsp; Just when you think you have it pretty much in hand, it slithers away.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>At least it has been that way for <strong>more than</strong> 200 years.</em></p><p style="margin-left:2.0in;">or</p><p><em>At least it has been that way for <strong>over</strong> 200 years.</em></p><p>For a very long time language purists have insisted on using <em>more than</em> rather than <em>over</em> when referring to quantity.&nbsp;</p><p>Fussy news editor: <em>More than 20 people were arrested.</em></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 19:11:41 +0000 John Paxson 45422 at http://nwpr.org News Nuggets: Froufrou He, She or...Ze? http://nwpr.org/post/he-she-orze <p>Most people speaking the English language as recently at 1980 had no notion of what lay in store for the daily vernacular. &nbsp;With the digital age came swarms of neologisms: bytes, bauds, dongles, exbibytes, favicons, greps, memes….whole herds and flocks of new words and usages thundering into our peaceful linguascape.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Stay tuned. &nbsp;There are more on the way. &nbsp;And the driver this time is not digital but sexual. &nbsp;The latest changelings are pronouns.</span></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:45:25 +0000 John Paxson 39739 at http://nwpr.org I-5 Bridge Collapse http://nwpr.org/post/i-5-bridge-collapse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon north of Seattle collapsed late Thursday, throwing several cars and drivers into the water, and closing a key West Coast highway.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 24 May 2013 03:50:49 +0000 John Paxson 28062 at http://nwpr.org I-5 Bridge Collapse Front Page: National Debate, Northwest Issues http://nwpr.org/post/front-page-national-debate-northwest-issues <p>This is Front Page, our new segment featuring conversations with journalists taking a closer look at the people, issues and events shaping lives across the Pacific Northwest. Today we’re visiting with the Spokesman Review. Here’s our news director John Paxson. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 13:17:00 +0000 John Paxson 16290 at http://nwpr.org Front Page: National Debate, Northwest Issues Front Page: Logging And Literature In Forks http://nwpr.org/post/front-page-logging-and-literature-forks <p>This is Front Page, our new segment featuring conversations with journalists taking a closer look at the people, issues and events shaping lives across the Pacific Northwest. Today we’re way out west, western Washington that is, where the twilight is unusual. The town of Forks. Here’s our news director John Paxson. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:22:07 +0000 John Paxson 15557 at http://nwpr.org Front Page: Logging And Literature In Forks Front Page: Signs of the Times http://nwpr.org/post/front-page-signs-times <p>As we continue to expand our regional news coverage here on Northwest Public Radio, we are pleased to offer a new segment. In conversations with editors, reporters and others covering the news, we’ll be taking a closer look at the people, issues and events shaping lives across the Pacific Northwest. We call it Front Page. Here’s our news director John Paxson with this week’s featured publication, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:21:10 +0000 John Paxson 15178 at http://nwpr.org Front Page: Signs of the Times Arab Impressions Of America http://nwpr.org/post/arab-impressions-america <p></p><p>This past summer, 20 Arab journalism students&nbsp;studied mass media at WSU’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. The students - who were funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs -&nbsp;spent six weeks in the U.S.&nbsp; Their intinerary included trips around the Pacific Northwest, California’s Silicon Valley, and news outlets in Washington, D.C.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 20:24:33 +0000 John Paxson 11589 at http://nwpr.org The Murrow FCC Rural Information Initiative http://nwpr.org/post/murrow-fcc-rural-information-initiative <p>The Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University recently was host to a special day-long discussion of the information landscape in Washington with a particular emphasis on the information needs of the rural population. Sat, 23 Jun 2012 04:13:16 +0000 John Paxson 10496 at http://nwpr.org The Murrow FCC Rural Information Initiative (Parts 1-3) http://nwpr.org/post/murrow-fcc-rural-information-initiative-parts-1-3 <p>The Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University recently was host to a special day-long discussion of the information landscape in Washington with a particular emphasis on the information needs of the rural population.&nbsp;</p><p>The landscape is, in many ways, an enigma.&nbsp; A state that is an acknowledged world leader in digital technologies has some areas where there is virtually no digital access.&nbsp; The big cities&mdash;clustered in four areas&mdash;have ample electronic and print news coverage.&nbsp; But vast areas of rural Washington have very little.</p> Sat, 23 Jun 2012 03:13:06 +0000 John Paxson 10495 at http://nwpr.org The Murrow FCC Rural Information Initiative (Parts 4-6) http://nwpr.org/post/murrow-fcc-rural-information-initiative-parts-4-6 <p>Click on the links above for parts 4-6 of the discussion. (Here are <a href="http://nwpr.org/post/murrow-fcc-rural-information-initiative-parts-1-3">parts 1-3</a>)</p> Sat, 23 Jun 2012 03:05:31 +0000 John Paxson 10494 at http://nwpr.org