Theo’s here, books and life continues at LSU

It’s been a while (OK a LONG while) since I last updated this blog; since then, I’ve had two more books come out, one with Routledge, this past winter, about the impact of the internet on the news industry in the U.S.: (which is itself a sequel to my 2019 book about the computerization of the late-20th century newsroom:

I’d be happy to send you a digital copy of either! Just reach out to me at my gmail:, or my LSU email,, or via @willthewordguy on Twitter, OR my Mastodon account at

My book about the history of the newsroom from the 1920s through the 1960s came out last year, too, with the University of Missouri Press:

It was a runner-up for the 2022 American Journalism Historians Association book prize:, and I’d be happy to also email you a digital copy.

Not to bury the lede/lead, but Theo came in January 2022, and it’s been a whirlwind year for Ruth and I ever since — we spent two months in France with him (and Roux!), first at ICA, then at IFALPES, a language school in Annecy, near the French Alps, where we learned beaucoup Français (though Ruth already speaks a fair bit of it, and very well!) and had some really wonderful adventures as a family, meeting some also wonderful new friends.

(Ruth and Roux near La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre, back in late May 2022)

It’s been a busy fall semester, too, with teaching and research, but we’re excited for what the new year may bring. Please drop me a line, and I’d love to grab coffee or a drink if you’re in the area (my treat, and lunch if you’re a grad student!) and/or do a Zoom catchup. Take care out there.