Author Archives: Steve Pepple

About Steve Pepple

Steve Pepple is a working journalist, web designer and photographer based in the Detroit-Ann Arbor area. He works as a assistant metro editor and writing coach at the Detroit Free Press. He previously worked as the print director at the ground-breaking digital media company AnnArbor.com, overseeing the productions of the twice-weekly newspaper. Prior to that he was the metro editor at the Ann Arbor News and previously served as the managing editor of The Herald-Palladium in Benton Harbor-St. Joseph, Mich. Steve also operates a web design business at moonlightproductions.net and has a wedding and portrait photography business at stevepepple.com.

Welcome to Journalism 310 – Digital Journalism

Welcome to Journalism 310 – Digital Journalism for the Fall 2017 semester at Eastern Michigan University. In this class, we’ll take a look at the rapidly changing world of journalism and practice the skills you will need to work as a digital … Continue reading

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Metro Times editor departs; tough times in the news industry

Steve Neavling at Motor City Muckracker reports that Valerie Vande Panne has parted ways with Metro Times, less than 9 months after being hired by new owners to transform the struggling alternative weekly. On Jan. 8, Vande Panne tweeted: Happy to … Continue reading

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The wonders of the iPhone – a reporter’s best friend

Still a work in progress, but I am getting better at taking news photos with my iPhone, editing them and then uploading them from the scene. Above is a shot from a plane crash I went to on Friday in Pittsfield … Continue reading

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Online reader habits: The long and short of it

For many years, the pervasive thinking among many news organizations has been that long-form journalism doesn’t sell well on the web – that the attention span of online readers is geared toward brief stories, summaries (i.e. aggregation) and quick hits.  … Continue reading

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Want to be a better writer? Build your vocabulary!

Have you ever hear of the word “ubication?” What the heck does it mean? If you followed The Word Blog regularly, you would know that it is a noun whose definition is: “relation to place; whereness.” As in: Jean has … Continue reading

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In the race to be first, you end up last

This is what happens in the constant rush and pressure to be first among the news media – one outlet jumps the gun and falsely reports something and the pack blindly follows. That’s what happened Saturday when Onward State, the … Continue reading

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