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‘A glorious ride’

Dr. J Earl Danieley still has his wits about him. That’s for sure. Today, during his convocation “conversation” with current President Leo Lambert, Dr. Danieley incited laughter, smiles and memories as he recounted his 70 years with Elon. The comedic moments: When Dr. Danieley said, “I took a job at the high school teaching chemistry. And (laughs) french! I can hardly Parlez–Vous!” On the conception of study abroad programs at Elon: Upon every professor’s inquiry to take his or her class on a trip during winter term, Dr. Danieley said, “sounds good to me!” Leo Lambert: So tell me how chemistry has changed over the last 70 years. [Dr. Danieley told a story for nearly 5 minutes] Leo Lambert: But you still haven’t told me about how chemistry has changed! Dr. Danieley: Oh yes! Wait, I have to tell you one more thing first! Dr. Danieley: I remember all my teachers, 1st, 2nd, “Oh, I loved my 3rd grade teacher, she was a beauty!” The insightful moments: Dr. Danieley’s storytelling: I counted at least seven, detailed, enthusiastic stories. When asked, “Why do you …

Raleigh News & Observer adopts new newsroom practices

Newspapers are making great strides to modernize for today’s consumers, Thad Ogburn, Raleigh News & Observer metro editor, said Friday. As print media have experienced a rapid decline in readership, newspapers like the Raleigh News & Observer are doing everything it takes to survive. And to find a way to thrive, he said. “Knock on wood, the worst seems to be over,” Ogburn said. There was a time in the last few years when revenue decreases caused contraction of departments at the paper, said Ogburn. Ad revenue was partially at fault for the downsize, Ogburn said. But since, they have started selling ad sales online. W-e-b is the name of the game Nowadays, newspapers are creating content for their websites as much as they are for print. It’s easy to create content for the website, Ogburn said. Websites run stories that use a quick, inverted pyramid structure, said Ogburn, while print news goes beyond a straight news story into something deeper. One of the biggest changes the paper has made in the last few years is incorporating videography, Ogburn …