Steve Klein

I teach journalism at George Mason University and the University of Mary Washington. I love the Detroit Red Wings. I ride Trek. I play TaylorMade.


Are dominos the new handwriting?

I never really got into Nintendo, but these 30,000 cascading dominos tell quite a story in about three minutes if you want to be mesmerized.

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Catching a wave

Truth is, if I had my life to live again, I’d be a surfer. The Guinness World Records recognized Hawaii pro surfer Garrett McNamara for surfing the biggest wave ever ridden — a 78-foot wave off the coast of Portugal.

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I always wanted to go to MIT

When I was kid, I wanted to go to MIT. My sixth-grade teacher, who I actually liked, laughed at me. There went that goal. Of course, me and math and science never really added up. But now, with edX, maybe I’ll have the chance to find out virtually for myself.

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Tom Brokaw commencement address

Just in case you’re a graduating journalism senior and need a commencement speech that has something to do with YOUR future, here’s NBC’s Tom Brokaw at Arizona State University.

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Can you really get in on the Facebook IPO?

Everything you want to know about the impending Facebook IPO in 150 minutes — and with a pulsating soundtrack to boot!

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The president makes a joke (or two)

Just in case you missed President Obama’s monologue at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner:

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London like you’ve never seen it

My son, daughter-in-law, and one-year-old grandson Noah live in London. Here’s London at night and at dusk, as shot by Jason Hawkes. The big building is the Shard, the tallest building in London.

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‘Gutenberg the Geek’

One of the major points I make in History of Journalism: From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg (Comm455, fall semester, T/R 10:30 a.m.) is the connection between the invention of the printing press and the social media revolution today. Here’s a video about Jeff Jarvis’s new Kindle Single, “Gutenberg the Geek,” and an interview with Jarvis on […]

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The future in 1974

Here’s what the future looked like to futurist Arthur C. Clarke — 38 years ago! He had it right, of course.

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The Rolling Stone Obama interview

So, ever since Katie Couric asked Sarah Palin what newspapers she read, you’ve been dying to ask President Barack Obama the same question, right? Well, rest easy. The president didn’t flub the question when Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner asked. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post (for the coupons?). Sorry, USA Today. […]

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Can’t wait for the 2012 AP Stylebook?

It’s true. I love the AP Stylebook. And I have quite the collection, dating all the way back to 1960 and a 50-pager my GMU colleague Don Boileau gave me. The current (2011) Stylebook is 480 pages with more than 500 new or revised entries. The 2012 book will sell for $20.95, up $1 from […]

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Birth-to-12 in under 3 minutes

Time-lapse photography from Dutch filmaker Frans Hofmeester. Very cool.! Lotte Time Lapse: Birth to 12 years in 2 min. 45. from Frans Hofmeester on Vimeo.

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The place to meet on the Fairfax campus

The George Mason statue is kitty-corner to the Johnson Center and the Mason Pond Parking Deck, where guests can easily park on the first three levels (Fairfax campus map). As soon-to-be emeritus faculty, I'm always happy to meet with friends and my former Mason students on campus.

Alum Kevin McCarthy at work

Film critic and GMU alum Kevin McCarthy encouraged students during his many visits to my GMU classes to pursue internships and "get noticed!" See some of Kevin's terrific interviews on his Nerd Tears website.