David R. Wheeler

Writer: CNN, Atlantic, New Republic, NY Times

Lexington, Kentucky

David R. Wheeler

Freelance writer for CNN, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New York Times.


Do Students Still Have Free Speech in School?

Social media has eroded young people's privacy—and advocates are trying to win it back. In 1965, when Mary Beth Tinker was 13 years old, she wore a black armband to her junior high school to protest the Vietnam War. The school promptly suspended her, but her protest eventually led to a landmark Supreme Court case: Tinker v.
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The End of the College Roommate?

More and more schools are letting students live in single dorm rooms. When Spencer Kiessling was a freshman at the University of South Carolina, he had a terrible roommate experience. “I really didn’t want to have to share a room again,” he says. So when he transferred to the University of Southern Indiana, a public university outside of Evansville, he requested a room all to himself.
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Old Earth, Young Minds: Evangelical Homeschoolers Embrace Evolution

More Christian parents are asking for mainstream science in their children's curricula. Will religious textbook companies deliver? Jen Baird Seurkamp, a Kentucky evangelical who homeschools her children, avoids textbooks that discredit evolution. For homeschooling parents who want to teach their children that the earth is only a few thousand years old, the theory of evolution is a lie, and dinosaurs coexisted with humans, there is no shortage of materials.
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Greening for God: Evangelicals Learn to Love Earth Day

While some of their leaders denounce environmentalism as pagan worship, others are adopting a distinctly Christian approach to "creation care." Matthew and Nancy Sleeth, co-founders of Blessed Earth, take an evangelical approach to environmentalism. For some churches, the environmental movement is not only a bad idea -- it's a false religion.
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Signing Off: The Slow Death of the Signature in a PIN-Code World

There was a time when we took our signatures seriously, when we believed they said something about who we are. But now we have PIN numbers. As a kid, Marcel Danesi loved signatures. along with other signs and symbols -- for a living. "In Grade 8, I wanted to imitate another guy who was the stud of the school, so I imitated his signature," says Danesi, a professor of semiotics and anthropology at the University of Toronto.
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In the Land of Gutenberg, Germans Face Their Digital Future

Experts say that German newspapers and magazines are beginning to face the same predicament as their American counterparts. At first glance, the city of Mainz, Germany, appears to be unaffected by the specter haunting the newspaper and book publishing industries. The city has an uncommon variety of bookstores along its cobblestone streets and an unusually large selection of periodicals at its newsstands.
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'Google Doesn't Laugh': Saving Witty Headlines in the Age of SEO

If online searches are literal, what happens to headlines that involve word play? Copy editors fear they're going the way of the classified ad. "Come on," Crowley says, tapping his knuckle against the dry-erase board. "What else can we use from this story?" It's Saturday afternoon in Phoenix, and the American Copy Editors Society's annual conference is drawing to a close.
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David R. Wheeler

Journalism professor at Asbury University.

Freelancer for CNN, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New York Times.

Newspaper adviser for The Asbury Collegian.

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