Please don’t use this study to justify your horrible habit of using two spaces after periods

Is it better to have one or two spaces after a period? The first study investigating this hotly contested issue is here, and it supposedly gives the win to the two-spacers. But a closer look at the research suggests that the only reasonable interpretation is that double spacing after a period remains bad. It’s ugly, it doesn’t help when it comes to what matters most (reading comprehension), and the experiment that supports its benefits uses an outdated font style.

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Knowing the language and tools of media analytics will allow students to better understand their potential audiences. She explains, “If you want to know more about audiences, millennials, how men and women differ, the Golden Agers… this is a great class.”

This class is not just for beginners, however. Learning analytics can enhance any set of communication skills by helping the student to deliver their message to the correct audiences and helping the student to analyze the effectiveness of their message. For example, Dr. Thorson says, a student with experience in branding would be able to “figure out much more sophisticated ways to get the personality of the brand out there” with media analytics.

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Courage Over Comfort: Rumbling with Shame, Accountability, and Failure at Work

I think the people who wade into discomfort and vulnerability and tell the truth about their stories are the real badasses in this world.

This is especially true of people who rumble with failure. These are people who choose courage over comfort, accountability over blame, and are able to embed key learnings from failures into their lives.

For early interviews about the rising strong process, I was able to meet with Andrew—a senior leader at a successful advertising agency and a total badass.

I recognized some of myself in his story, and I think you might, too.

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Stephanie Van Doorn-Kazyak became a professional communicator thanks to an unexpected part as a movie extra.

“It was the summer after my third year in college, I needed to figure out what I needed to do with my life and career,” said Van Doorn-Kazyak. “That summer there was a movie being filmed in my hometown with Barry Sanders and Kurt Russel.”

Stephanie had the opportunity to step into the movie and get a sense of how movies were made. This window into content creation inspired her to study communications. Already a student at Michigan State University, Stephanie joined the College of Communication Arts & Sciences as a communication major and never looked back.

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