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Better to use: Pencil or tech? March 6, 2011

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I read an article about the usage between a notepad or a recorder and which of the two is considered better. In my opinion, I prefer a recorder. While a notepad will never fail you with technical difficulties, it takes a while to get used to writing fast and it presents opportunities to misquote someone. A recorder will pick up every word the source says and it saves your hand the trouble. A note pad is useful in certain situations, especially on deadline days. I’ve used one on occasion. But if you have a source that likes to trail off, it becomes increasingly difficult to catch good quotes. I would suggest new journalist to start with a recorder and practice using a notepad on smaller stories to get better at it. I prefer to use a Sony brand recorder, but there are many other brands out there.

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Ask a Pro: Tyler Waldman [Towson Patch] February 19, 2011

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In this age of  backpack journalism, college students have a lot to learn before they get thrown into the fray of a never stopping media market. Learning in class from teachers and textbooks are one thing, but sometimes hearing advice from those currently working full-time in the profession helps too.

Tyler Waldman, a Towson Patch reporter, said the best tool for journalist today isn’t any of the new equipment available. So those who were going to pat their i-Pads on the back can put them back down on the table.

“[The best tools are] the same tools that journalist needed 20 years ago, a good head on your shoulders. Your best tool is a good B.S. detector,” Waldman said. “You can shoot video while balancing a recorder on one foot, one hand posting everything online and using your big toe to work a pen on your note pad but that will only get you so far. [New media tools are] nice and helpful, but new media tools, I think, don’t matter as much than what you do with them.”

Waldman has a few favorites when it comes to using new media and uses them to the best of his ability.

“At Patch they issue us digital cameras. I don’t use the one they gave me much because I have an SLR Nikon D3100 that also shoots video in high definition. My i-Phone has been really helpful because you can use it as a recorder,” Waldman said.

After primary elections, Waldman was able to use those skills with his tools to crack a story.

“I was down at the farmers market down in Baltimore because that’s just how I role. And [I saw] the guy who lost the race,  Joe Bardenfelder. I was walking by and I saw a bumper sticker on his farm truck for Ken Holt, the republican challenger, so I snapped a picture of that with my Blackberry.”

Waldman said he was able to interview Bardenfelder about the bumper sticker, go to his editor and scoop everyone in town on that story.

Ask a Pro: Tyler Waldman from Towson Patch February 19, 2011

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Barrack Home to Devoted Troopers December 6, 2010

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by Jordan Russell

Lt. Col. Stewart Russell said there’s nothing like being a part of the Maryland State Police. Despite having its ups and down, there’s nothing like helping people both visiting and from Maryland.

Meaning of fall November 10, 2010

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by Jordan Russell

Fall has come upon us once again but it isn’t about just liking or disliking the new season.

Fall 2010 Slideshow November 8, 2010

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Fall Slide Show

The Raw Facts About Dog Food May 14, 2010

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A new diet for man’s best friend has begun to sweep the nation. But everything isn’t cut and dray about the matter. Listen to this controversial issue about what could help or hurt your dog. Listen>>

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Diversity at Towson University May 7, 2010

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Towson University holds over 18,000 students. With such a high number of people, it’s only natural to have numerous cultures all around campus. One of the universities main objectives is to spread the awareness of diversity through every possible facet at their disposal.  Read More>>

A Look at Raft Woodus April 28, 2010

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Meet Raft Woodus, a well recognized figure within Towson University’s Center of Student Diversity. He isn’t only known for his position, but for something special beyond that of education. Listen and watch this slideshow to find out what. Watch and Listen>>

Sudden Tragedy Hits Towson University March 29, 2010

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Towson University faces a sudden loss within its young student body. Listen to this story of how one loss can affect so many.  Read More>> Listen>>