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I am grateful to my colleagues in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Washington and Lee University for their help, suggestions and feedback: to Ham Smith and Doug Cumming, who have used early drafts with their students; to Claudette Artwick and Bob de Maria, who helped me with the broadcast writing elements, because my own broadcast experience was so long ago; again to Ham Smith, who wrote the first version of the final exam more than two decades ago, and has seen it grow and mutate; and to Lou Hodges, emeritus Knight Professor of Journalism Ethics, who has helped clarify my muddy ethical reasoning. I also thank Michael Todd, the department’s manager of technical operations, for his patient and invaluable guidance in the preparation of this website.
I am also thankful to several former students, including especially Cameron Steele, staff writer with The Anniston Star in Anniston, Ala., for their help with the new Chapter Seven, on social media. And I thank my son, Aaron Richardson, staff writer with The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va., for his comments on using search engine optimization.
I also thank former Executive Editor Mike Riley and the photo staff of The Roanoke Times and News Director Shane Moreland, Mike Wright and Matt Dooley of WSLS-TV Channel 10 in Roanoke, Va., and my former student Juliet Bickford, formerly with Channel 10 and now with WTKR NewsChannel 3 in Norfolk, Va., all of whom helped illustrate the book.
I am also grateful to my former students Kristen Youngblood and Kynai Johnson, who with Prof. Ted Delaney helped me work through the issues of covering minorities and diversity; and to my former student Ann Stewart Banker, who, at a difficult time for her and with admirable courage, helped me write more clearly about interviewing people who have suffered a loss.
Finally, I thank Frances, Aaron and Daniel for being patient. Very patient.