New Feature: Friday Week in Review!

Road Trip

Road Trip

In which we round up the Week That Were. Or something.

So without further ado, here’s what happened this week:

The Arkansas Project put on his white gloves and spring bonnet and headed to the Little Rock Tea Party. One lump or two? How ’bout sixone for each post!

The new and improved Tolbert Reportâ„¢ showed off his not-quite Duggar-esque brood. Is that baby Twittering yet? Despite all the familial activity, Tolbert still found time for a spot of tea — a true American!

The Think Tank and the Adverthinker ban together on a new media iniative to engage The Kids in discussions about online communications and human behavior. Cue the Bjork, and check out the Flickr pics of these crazy kids just hangin’ out.

For kicks, we banged out a quick list of 10 Arkansans who should be blogging. Then came the mail. Now, we’re soliciting more nominations. Expect Version 2.0 next week.

We hit the speakers circuit! In Little Rock, the kids smiled, nodded and otherwise humored me. At ASU, more of the same! Meanwhile, Twin Towers dormitory — still gone. But the wife and I had a nice drive.

Capsearch commemorated one week since the last Arkansas Legislative Session with a look at two freshmen solons. Video!


We updated the state’s Twitterers, noting several from Arkansas’ largest newspaper.

Blake and I: Most downloaded. That is not a euphemism.

Lily rocked some killer IV lows.

Shaq taught Oprah proper Twitetiquette.

People continue to cry for newspapers.

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Hankins, Keith and Fahr on ‘Arkansas Week’

Arkansas' news week-in-review

Arkansas' news week-in-review

Tonight, Arkansas Business President and Publisher Jeff Hankins, Rick Fahr of the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway and David Keith of the University of Central Arkansas join Steve Barnes on AETN’s “Arkansas Week” to review The Week That Was.

Judging by tonight’s show synopsis, Barnes takes the high road on the “tea party” jokes, where others in our profession decidedly did not:

(Lottery) The men and women who’ll oversee state-sponsored gambling. (TEA) Lipton or Luzianne, or Earl Grey? (Cuba, si?) Are Arkansas exporters inching closer to a new nearby market? (Cuba libre?) And are Arkansas imbibers getting an extra day to belly up?

Listen to audio of tonight’s program right now here, and watch video here.

Coming Full Circle: On Journalism Careers at the Arkansas High School Press Association

pf_dbWow. I’m so old.

Today, I’m on a panel on careers in journalism for the annual convention of the Arkansas High School Press Association at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock. And it’s so weird — it was only a few years ago that I attended the AHSPA convention as an actual high school student!

How long ago was that? Consider that I won an AHSPA on-site competition award for my review of Pink Floyd’s new album, “The Division Bell.” My verdict: A cool “tape.” I hadn’t even heard “Dark Side of the Moon” yet. Naive!

Yep, times were simpler back in the early ’90s, when journalism involved awkward word processing PCs and wax for paste-up. Anyone remember those rolls of hairline tape you used to separate the news briefs column from the nameplate? And the Internet? That was something weird my friend’s mom used a “modem” to access with something called “CompuServe.”

Anyway. Back to the topic at hand. I’ll be joined on the panel by Frank Fellone of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and freelance journo Suzi Parker (who SBB, BTW). And feel free to walk out if any of us start talking about the way it was “back in the day.” Man I hate that.