Columnist Receives Education Writing Citation

March 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Published in the New England Newspaper and Press Assocation’s March 18, 2011 e-bulletin:

Globe’s Jackson wins national education award citation

Derrick Z. Jackson, a columnist for The Boston Globe, has received a special citation from the Education Writers Association for opinion writing.

Jackson’s citation came for columns in the Globe on schools, providing commentary on everything from race issues to sports to budget problems in schools. He has won the opinion award from the Education Writers Association twice: first in 2000 and again in 2002. Jackson was also a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in commentary.

The association’s awards recognize the best coverage of education in print and broadcast media.

A total of 59 entries won awards from a pool of 345 nominees in 18 categories. Entries were judged by a panel of 13 teachers, professors and journalists.

The awards, $200 cash for first-prize winners in each category and a grand prize of $1,500, will be given at a luncheon at the Education Writers Association’s 64th National Seminar April 9 in New Orleans.

Bora Zivkovic interview with Taylor Dobbs

March 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

I was interviewed by Bora Zivkovic, who co-planned the conference Science Online 2011 about my views of science journalism, my current work, and my experiences at Science Online 2001.

From A Blog Around the Clock:

Continuing with the tradition from last three years, I will occasionally post interviews with some of the participants of the ScienceOnline2011 conference that was held in the Research Triangle Park, NC back in January 2011. See all the interviews in this series here.

We are starting the series with Taylor Dobbs.

Welcome to A Blog Around The Clock. Would you, please, tell my readers a little bit more about yourself? Where are you coming from (both geographically and philosophically)? What is your (scientific) background?

I am an undergrad journalism student at Northeastern University. I have very little science background, but I’m fascinated by the way technology can influence the dynamics of society. Cell phones, the internet, and – more recently – Twitter and smartphones – have dramatically changed the way society works. I’m interested in following how these types of changes progress and unfold in the future.

Tell us a little more about your career trajectory so far: interesting projects past and present?

My career trajectory is only up from here. I have literally never been paid for any journalism or science that I’ve done. The most recent interesting development: I’m trying to sell my first story. I’m hoping to be able to pay for a haircut soon, so the sooner the better. I’ve been mostly working on class assignments, but I’ve stumbled across an interesting story about health care fraud. Mostly, I’m covering the unfolding WikiLeaks story at my blog The World Exposed.



Read the rest of the interview at A Blog Around the Clock.


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