Oh Pater Noster! That greeting from Dr. Jandoli as he walked into a classroom of aspiring journalists is just one of the lasting memories I have of a man who inspired a generation of Bonaventure students.
What I remember the most, however, are the rules of writing that are with me every time I sit in front of a computer. I’ve spent 20 minutes trying to rework a sentence to get rid of passive voice or find an appropriate adjective to replace the word “good.” When writer’s block strikes I hear his voice encouraging me to, “just get something down on paper. You can edit it later!”
More importantly, I learned the principles so lacking in today’s newsrooms and studios—objectivity, accuracy and not making yourself part of the story. After a rather harsh critique of an important assignment sophomore year, my confidence was so shaken I considered changing to another major. Dr. J wrote me an apology in my notebook. I still have it.
Dr. J was a class act. He’s irreplaceable. I was blessed to have him as a mentor.
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