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Judith Miller leaks again (on leaks)

Ever wonder how government leaks work? Remember Judith Miller, the former New York Times reporter who broke the story about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction? Now she is an expert on Fox New discussing — you guessed it! — the dangers of national security leaks.
“The Daily Show” and Jon Stewart had some fun with this one.

Join the Mars landing celebration

What’s it feel like to land a SUV-sized rover on Mars? Join the NASA celebration (if you can’t stand the drama, speed ahead to about 3:12 or so on the video) from early Monday morning (ET). You can see the first picture from Mars and share in the excitement as NASA’s most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has lands on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation.
The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing ever attempted on Mars, including the final severing of the bridle cords and flyaway maneuver of the rocket backpack.

Still lost in space

Since I’m about to leave for the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (part of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum located near Dulles Airport) to meet some old friends, Joyce (Gabriel) and Peter Anderson, I thought I’d add one more video honoring space exploration.
In honor of the Kennedy Space Center’s 50th anniversary, Google Maps and NASA have teamed to add something very cool: an all-access pass to the KSC. You can now take a Street View walk through rooms you’d never have access to without some serious security clearance.

Dare mighty things

Unless you’re living on the moon, you should be aware that there’s a major space event tonight: the landing of of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Curiosity rover. This video covers the final 7 minutes to landing on the surface of Mars on Aug. 5 at 10:31 p.m. PT (1:31 a.m. Monday Aug. 6)
The video is called “Curiosity 7 minutes of terror.”
Curiosity is a Mars rover launched by NASA on Nov. 26, 2011. The rover’s objectives include searching for past or present life, studying the Martian climate, studying Martian geology, and collecting data for a future manned mission to Mars. It will explore Mars for two years.
Now is that cool or what?

Latest ‘Skyfall’ trailer

New toys, a new Q, and a new trailer for the upcoming James Bond movie, “Skyfall.” You always know whose side Bond is on, but what is Judi Dench up to as M?

State of the First Amendment report

First Amendment Center President Ken Paulson and Senior Vice President Gene Policinski discuss the 2012 “State of the First Amendment” survey results.

Not a bad looking place

I love time-lapse video. This one, put together by photographer Knate Myers from video taken from the International Space Station, will remind you — if you need reminding — just what a beautiful place our Earth can be.
The visuals are accompanied by music by John Murphy.

All fall down

I’ll just let this Penn State student and alumnae speak for themselves as the Paterno statue came down Sunday.
But … “We’re still trying to figure this out.”
What part don’t they understand?

Not too trivial for me

This may seem trivial, but it’s all about trivia. Maybe good for a discussion in my “History of Journalism: From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg” class this fall.
Filmmmaker Jeremiah Warren created this animated video that explores the trivia behind trivia.

The party’s over at WJMC

The National Youth Correspondents for the 2012 Washington Journalism and Media Conference ended their time at the Mason Inn on George Mason University’s Fairfax campus, enjoying dinner, dancing and saying their goodbyes.

Sports time at WJMC

Sports journalists B.J. Koubaroulis of Synthesis Multimedia Productions, Andrew Phelps of Sirius-XM Fantasy Sports Radio, Sarah Kogod from the Washington Post, and Greg Wyshynski, Yahoo! Sports’ Puck Daddy, spoke to the National Youth Correspondents of the 2012 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University about the different platforms for sports journalism and advice on how to utilize them.

Journalism can be messy

If you want to cut to the chase in this clip from the 1991 movie, “The Paper,” with Michael Keaton, Randy Quaid, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei and Jason Alexander — it’s a good cast — skip to about 1:30 on this video.
Journalism can be messy.

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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.