‘News Bytes Media’ to showcase master’s degree work

University of Missouri

I’m working on a second master’s degree. This second degree is in Media Management (journalism) from the University of Missouri, which is one of the best journalism schools in the country. I will write a longer post about that later . . . maybe toward the end of this semester.

However, I wanted to let you all know why a category of posts have been included on this site. I wanted to be able to have an archive of the work I’m doing for one of my classes during this, the Spring 2017 semester. The class calls for me to post at least weekly to the site. When I do, I will be cross posting the information here as well.

See, the posts also appear on another website. It is called News Bytes Media. The site is actually inside of mrvogts.com.

Here is what I wrote on the about page of the site:

News Bytes Media was originally created to be an online repository for various assignments and other course work involved with the University of Missouri School of Journalism master’s degree program in Media Management. It continues to exist as a platform for discussing topics of interest to the worlds of journalism, technology, and education. It was created and is maintained by Todd Vogts and exists within his primary academic website. With News Bytes Media, Vogts combines three of his passions by exploring journalism, technology, and education.

When Vogts first purchased this domain name several years ago, he had intended to use it as a corporate name for media company he hoped to start. He believed the name encapsulated the journalism industry’s continued development around digital platforms. The “bytes” referred to computer data and also played with the idea of digital “biting” into the old ways of media.

Plans obviously changed when he found his passion for teaching, so the company as he envisioned it never came to fruition. Even so, the name of this site exists a subtle homage to the journalism-orientated card game “Man Bites Dog,” and it also relates to the the now-defunct Newsbytes News Network. Vogts is happy he found a use for the domain and is relieved his domain-hording ways have proved to be, at least somewhat, beneficial. He is excited to put this site to good use and hopes visitors find it interesting, thought provoking, and useful.

I don’t yet know if the site will continue to exist as it is, be taken down and just exist within this website, or be turned into a stand-alone website. We will just have to see how things go. As you can see in the “About” I gave myself some wiggle room on this point when I said “it continues to exist . . .”

In any event, I wanted to explain what was going on. Sure, some of the posts could easily fit into other post categories I have on this site, but for now I am just going to house them in a separate category so they are easy to follow.

Enjoy reading the post, and feel free to visit News Bytes Media if you so desire.

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Todd R. Vogts, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Journalism Education Association (JEA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), among others. He earned his Master Journalism Educator (MJE) certification from JEA in 2022. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at twitter.com/toddvogts or via his website at www.toddvogts.com.