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Russell Frank

Russell Frank worked as a reporter, editor and columnist at newspapers in California and Pennsylvania for 13 years before joining the journalism faculty at Penn State in 1998. He roots for the Yankees, plays blues guitar and harmonica (badly), bikes and hikes for physical exercise and does The New York Times crossword puzzle for mental exercise. He is, by academic training, a folklorist (Ph.D., UPenn), which means, when you strip away all the academic jargon, that he loves a good story. He is the author of "Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet." His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.

Articles by Russell Frank

Russell Frank: Journalism’s New Mantra is Get It Now, Fix It Later
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Russell Frank: Journalism’s New Mantra is Get It Now, Fix It Later
156 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The one-a-day news cycle has only one clear-cut advantage over the round-the-clock news cycle: Print people have more time than electronic people to make sure they’re not disseminating bad information. [Read More]
The Sandusky Verdict: No Sticks or Stones, Just Whoops and Sighs of Relief
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The Sandusky Verdict: No Sticks or Stones, Just Whoops and Sighs of Relief
157 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Lucky for Jerry Sandusky he did not commit his foul deeds in 18th century England. I say this because the reactions of the mob outside the courthouse recalled, in milder form, the abuse heaped on criminal mastermind Jonathan Wild as he was conveyed to the gallows in 1725. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Come and Listen to a Story
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Russell Frank: Come and Listen to a Story
158 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Well, we’re all storytellers. But it’s one thing to tell stories in the course of conversations and another to perform a story in front of an audience. That’s what I and a few other people are going to do at 7 p.m. next Wednesday at Webster’s. [Read More]
Russell Frank: We Did It! We Graduated!
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Russell Frank: We Did It! We Graduated!
159 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Last Saturday’s State High rites felt particularly momentous to me and my family because this was the last of our three – the baby! -- who was processing across the platform at the Bryce Jordan Center. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Cutting the Cord on My House Phone
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Russell Frank: Cutting the Cord on My House Phone
160 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Having sold my house, and with plans to flit from address to address for the next year, I am cutting the cord that has bound my phones to the walls of all the houses I’ve ever lived in. No more landlines for me. I’m strictly cellular from now on. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Take My Worldly Possessions, Please
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Russell Frank: Take My Worldly Possessions, Please
161 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Is the war still on? Is the presidential election campaign heating up? Isn’t that Sandusky trial about to start? I wouldn’t know. I spent the entire month of May moving out of my house. Ridiculously, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Moving Day Cometh
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Russell Frank: Moving Day Cometh
162 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Before I started packing I thought this was going to be an easy move. A massive de-cluttering effort had preceded the house’s debut on the real estate market in April. Some of the drawers and cupboards were bare. Others had only a few items in them. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Farewell to the Woo People
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Russell Frank: Farewell to the Woo People
163 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Today, I concede defeat. The Woo people have won. By the end of the month I will withdraw from the Woolands with all my chattels. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Don’t Know How Lucky You Are, Boy
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Russell Frank: Don’t Know How Lucky You Are, Boy
164 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I almost called the Fulbright folks and said thanks but no thanks. After all, I had a pretty good backup plan: spend my sabbatical in Northern California, writing my little heart out. California would certainly be warmer, sunnier and easier than Ukraine, Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Recognizing the Unreliability of Memory Matters a Great Deal
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Russell Frank: Recognizing the Unreliability of Memory Matters a Great Deal
165 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Memory seems to work something like this: We have an experience. Some of it stays in our heads as a collage of sensory impressions. Telling what happened to someone else is like applying a fixative to those impressions, Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
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