James Piecowye thinking out loud

Ideas, inspiration and a bit of random.

Look Differently.

I spend a lot of time talking to my students about seeing things around them from another perspective. Or seeing space differently and asking how can we use this space as a communication medium. I stumbled upon this piece of artistic expression, in one of my regular newsletter reads, and instantly said, ok these people […]

Short and Sweet.

I am teaching a very cool class blandly named COM315 Media Writing 2. What this class is doing is telling information stories online, via audio and with an old school notice board. There are 3 groups that will rotate through the 3 assignments. BUT each student has to produce 2 stories, there are 15 students, […]

Just fun.

Sometimes it all comes down to fun and clever to tell a story. This is an example of both. A clever new ad promoting the 2014 Canadian Film Fest, which opens at Toronto’s Royal Cinema this Thursday, spotlights this dilemma as Canadian actor Antoine Zombé tries to break into the movie business. What I love about […]

Rock On.

I like to tell my students that there is a lot of potential content to write about, film and record right in front of them. Sometimes the people we meet open up a door of interest. Here is a great example from Nightline my radio show. This is the best show I do, the JukeBox, […]

Don’t Judge.

This is one of the most incredible things I have seen in a long time and it plays right into the body image debate with a water cannon! Betabrand, an online retailer of crowdsourced clothing, just launched its spring line, and the company decided to take a different approach to marketing the new looks: Each […]

Fail and Fail Big!

Sure we hear this a lot but do we ever trust those words, fail and fail big? In the academic world I would bet we shy away from failure for the simple fact that it can have an impact on our tenure or yearly assessment and we all want to look good. But there needs […]

The Learning Shelter

I stumbled upon this idea to create a difference in a community by giving people a skill to get them off the street. Marc Roth is the real deal! Marc Roth moved to San Francisco to make a better life for his family, but he soon became ill and unable to work. After six months […]

Nice Lesson

A question I have been asked, a lot, is how to get the most out of the things I teach and talk about. Honestly, I say listen and take notes. Now I have another idea. Do you ever read Medium? Saturday morning I opened my email and clicked on a great story that could be […]

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My day job is associate professor in the College of Communication and Media Sciences at Zayed University, my hobby job is producer, presenter, innovator and idea guy with Nightline on Dubaieye. These jobs have many similarities. talk present ideas answer questions entertain constant evaluation require skill everyone could do them But it seems the value […]