This is the weekend edition of TheMarioBlog and will be updated as needed. The next blog post is Monday, October 12.

I was the recipient of two Dow Jones awards during my career. The first one, in 1968, allowed me to my first journalism internship as a reporter at The Miami News, the now defunct afternoon newspaper, which operated under a joint agreement with The Miami Herald. Both papers had their newsrooms in the same building, overlooking the beautiful Miami Bay.

Dow Jones became important in my career in 1972 when I received a Dow Jones Fellowship to attend the University of Oklahoma for a 3-week program specifically for the training of journalism teachers.

These two moments helped shaped my career in a magnificent way.

At The Miami News I worked with the great Howard Kleinberg, who became a lifelong mentor, and who taught me much about visual journalism, and, specifically,newspaper design.  Those valuable lessons have followed me always.

At the University of Oklahoma H. H.Herbert School of Journalism (now renamed The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, I first met Prof. Jim Paschal, who ran the teachers’ program.  He became a lifelong friend and mentor, too, and was instrumental in my acceptance of an offer to teach at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, from where my consulting career took off.

I am greatly honored to receive this recognition from an institution to which I am so personally and professionally indebted.

I also like that, at the age of 68, my Dow Jones Alumni Award is for The Futurist.

I drink to that. Thanks, Dow Jones, and I am hopeful that  your programs will continue to inspire and to foster the careers of many.





An editorial page with a strong, bold voice

It is the editorial page of The Boston Globe of Thursday, October 8, and you don't have to know the topic of this editorial to know, from the first glance at that headline, that the editors feel strongly about their topic (it is a commentary about the Mayor of Boston's "costly lawsuit to stop the Everett casino that has accomplished nothing, and weakened the city's hand."

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