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Tony Rogers is a journalism professor and author who has written widely about the issues facing the news business in the digital age.
Tony Rogers is a journalism professor and author who has written widely about the issues facing the news business in the digital age.

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On a Drive Across Pennsylvania, Seeing a Student Take Flight
The other day, I went on a road trip. Not too far, just a couple of
hours across a stretch of the vast east-west expanse we call
Pennsylvania, a journey from the burbs north of Philly to Hershey, where
my students, journalism majors at Bucks County Commu...
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Reporters Cover the Biggest Story of Their Careers When Four Men are Slain in Bucolic Bucks County
It was the kind of case one might expect to find in Philadelphia to
the south or New York to the north, but the slayings of four young men
over a few sweltering days in July became one of the biggest and most
tragic stories to come out of the bucolic Buc...
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I heard recently that security officer Ray Johnson had died. I remember him because years ago, when I was running a jazz concert series at Bucks, he used to drop by at rehearsals in what we now call the Zlock Performing Arts Center. He’d listen for a bit to whatever group it was I’d brought in. If they were good he’d nod approvingly. If they were better than that he’d say, “they can play.” I took that as high praise. More than that, I felt like I’d passed some kind of test. Later in the evening, after the concert was over and folks were clearing the stage, he and I would talk. His knowledge of jazz was both broad and deep, and we’d talk about the bands he’d seen, big, bebop and otherwise. That he knew more about the music than I ever will was a given. A musician himself, he’d lived through the times when the giants – Miles, Coltrane, Long Tall Dexter – were at the peak of their powers. But all of this is a just a prelude to what I’m about to say, which is that Ray Johnson was one of the friendliest and most genuine people I’ve met in my 20 years at Bucks, one of those people who all-too often is undervalued nowadays. It’s a source of personal shame to me that we had lost touch in the last few years, that I hadn’t reached out to him when I should have. But I comfort myself in the notion that if I were to tell him this, he’d just laugh. It’s ok, kid. It’s ok.
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My larger-than-life friend Mike Altenberg, gone too soon
Mike Altenberg and I met when we were 10 years old or so. We'd both joined
the YMCA Boys Choir Photo courtesy Mike Altenberg's Facebook page in our hometown of Racine, Wisconsin, and for a variety of
reasons (he was a tad chubby, I was a loner) we were both...
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