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Blake Sebring

An interesting aside to your note about Kevin's story, not necessarily meant for print, but the Harding journalism grads would kick the NH J grads butts any day! At the same time we had myself, Brett Hess, Jim Chapman and Jim Uebelhoer along with some other very talented people. In fact, I know Kevin, and I believe Ben, would have gone to Harding had it been open at that time. Of course, they are much too old for that to have been the case. LOL. I know the four Harding guys and Ben, for sure, had the same English teacher, Sondra Mergenthal. Were you so lucky as well?


Joe Wikert

Nice job, Mitch. I hadn't noticed your blog till this article hit my Google News feed. I also posted about this exchange on my own blog: http://jwikert.typepad.com/the_average_joe/2006/09/newspapers_and_.html

From one Indiana blogger to another, keep up the good work!

Mitch Harper

No, I had New Haven's legendary Francis May for Honors English.

Mr. May was a very hard taskmaster and knew his subject. He was also fair.

He would tell students at the start of the semester that they might not like him during the course.

However, he said it was likely that most would gain an appreciation of him when they were in college.

He was right.

I hope that high schools still have some Francis Mays out there.

As to the Harding-New Haven contest: I was in the last "big" class at New Haven before Harding cleaved off a large chunk of the student body.

While I agree my friend Brett Hess, Jim Chapman and Jim Uebelhoer are all good I think I can summarize things this way:

A Bulldog can't fly.

A Hawk has to fight a Bulldog on the Bulldog's turf.

Bulldog wins.

Enough said.

Cathy Dee

Newspaper are late to the game in changing to take advantage of "new media" and it's kind of amazing to observe the kicking and screaming, even in 2006, that goes on among journalitic veterans. Remember: by the time I (a newspaper lover) get my evening paper, I'm better informed about the lead national stories than it is. The paper went to press in the a.m., and I've been reading updated stories online all day. Why bother reporting it, especially with a regurgitated AP story? Send people online for that news, and focus your efforts on local angles that I CAN'T get anywhere else.

Thom Dawson

Wow. I am apparently the missing link to this whole debate, as I am a graduate of Paul Harding HS and the current Journalism adviser at NHHS. I'd like to think the Herald and the Mirage (yearbook) are still serious publications. We have our good years, and years where we struggle, but that's the nature of it I suppose.

Many of my students keep me apprised of their progress after they graduate. For example, my sports editor from two years ago is now a paid columnist at Ball State and emails me proudly each week when his articles appear (in print and online).

Journalism brings some of the most dedicated and diverse minds together in a way that hardly any other high school class can do. It's one of the many reasons I love my job.

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