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Finding Inspiration in Coal Dust

Sometimes it takes a little push to get inspired.

I was stuck in a creative rut — doing what I needed to do but nothing truly inspired — for months. Then, I found inspiration from an unlikely source — an abandoned coal breaker in Luzerne County.

A colleague invited me to join a small crew of storytellers in exploring the Huber Breaker in Ashley, Pa. Abandoned since 1976, the breaker is currently part of a bankruptcy suit that will, in all likelihood, see the property sold and the breaker demolished.

We’re telling the breaker’s story through a series of interviews, photographs, videos and first-hand documentation of our journey. Every trip to Ashley seems to expand the project’s scope — which is, at times, both overwhelming and exhilarating.

The outside-the-box-and-comfort-zone way of thinking has boosted my creativity in all things, especially blogging.

http://ashleysbreaker.org is our project’s home base. I’ll post periodic updates to Communication Art. In the meantime, check out two of my recent posts, The Shadow of Blue Coal and In Search of  Ashley’s Planes.


Media Round-Up

Here are some interesting communications-related articles/info from the past few weeks!

Angry Olympics Fans Tweet Their Protests, NBC RespondsMashable, 7/29/12

The Beginner’s Guide to SocialCamMashable, 7/28/12

How BuzzFeed Wants to Reinvent Wire Stories for Social MediaNieman Journalism Lab, 7/26/12

How We Look at Online Ads — Mashable, 7/6/12

5 Types of Phrases to Avoid in Your Twitter Bio All Twitter, 7/3/12

How To Turn Mistakes Into Your Best Content — Modern Copy Studio (undated)


Media Round-Up

Here are some interesting communications-related articles/info from the past few months. (yes, I said months … I’ve been slacking!)

Are You Interested?Life Hacker, 6/19/12

Google+ Wants to be Your New Flickr Venture Beat, 5/22/12

6 Mistakes That Can Sink Press Release Visibility — Prof Net, 4/24/12

Dear Gracie: When Clients Want to Distribute Non-News — Prof Net, 4/18/12

Reporters Increasingly Looking for More Than Story  — PeRceptions, 4/12/12

Google’s Richard Gingras: 8 Questions That Will Help Define the Future of Journalism — Nieman Journalism Lab, 4/12/12

How to Increase Traffic and Revenue by Writing to Fewer Readers — CopyBlogger, 4/11/12

Social Media Breeds PR Laziness — Spin Sucks, 4/9/12


Media Round-Up

Here are some interesting communications-related articles/info from the past few weeks:

On Record with NPR Chief Gary Knell: ‘Radio Isn’t Going Away, It’s Going Everywhere’ — Nieman Journalism Lab, 3/4/12

I Was Going To Be a Copy Editor — JimRomenesko.com, 2/16/12

Newsrooms, Not Newspapers, Are the Asset That Needs To Be Saved — WHYY Newsworks, 2/20/12

Agile Alt Media Adapting to Digital Challenges — NetNewsCheck, 1/31/12


Media Round-Up

Here are some interesting communications-related articles/info from the past week!

What Will #PR Look Like as We Approach 2015?Putting the Public Back in Public Relations, 11/21/11

Penn State PR Majors Get a Crash Course in Crisis, Thanks to Scandal — Ad Age, 11/21/11

The Art of Writing Great Twitter Headlines — CopyBlogger, 11/21/11

Twitter, PLN, and Useful Education HashtagsMr. Shortreed’s Ed Tech Blog, 11/24/11


Media Round-Up

Here are some interesting communications-related articles/info from the past week!

Penn State’s Long Road BackThe New York Times (Opinion), 11/14/11

What Are People Doing Online?The Next Web, 11/18/11

How Facebook is Ruining Sharing CNET, 11/18/11


Media Round-Up

Here are some interesting communications-related articles/info from the past week!

Google+ Pages Won’t Save Search Giant’s Social Network, Slate SaysHuffington Post, 11/9/11

What Google+ REALLY Means for Higher EdHigher Ed Live, 11/10/11



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