I am a retired news and public affairs specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System who served, among other things, as Extension’s principal news blogger. For 29-plus years, I wrote feature stories, columns, op-eds, press releases and sundry other things, though my training, curiously enough, is in broadcast-film-communication.
I remain fascinated with social networking and other digital media and the role they will play in the work of people like me. Without a doubt, they will revolutionize our work as Cooperative Extension educators in ways we cannot yet imagine.
A native of north Alabama, I hold a B.A. in political science and a B.A. in Radio-Television-Film and Sociology from the University of North Alabama (UNA). As corny as it sounds, UNA, aside from my family, is the greatest thing that ever happened to me. After graduating from UNA, I enrolled in the University of Alabama, where I completed my master’s degree in telecommunications.
I initially started this blog because I had a lot more to say than what otherwise could fit into my blogs on the Alabama Extension Web site. Extension faces some dire challenges in the coming years. Even though I’m retired, I feel a tremendous debt to Extension and to its legacy. I want to see it survive for another century, though I sometimes fear that its future is threatened by a reluctance among Extension professionals to come to terms with how digitization will transform all facets of life in the 21st century.
That is the biggest driving factor behind this blog.