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Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association, a nonprofit that supports student journalism throughout the state. He also teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. He lives in Leawood with his wife and two children.

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Audio Astra: Navigating parenting in a threatening swamp of news

By: - October 22, 2021

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. World With No Fear Invisibilia, Jan. 15, 2015 Six years ago, I heard a podcast that I think about almost once a week. And […]

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Audio Astra: Kansans must continue their advocacy for LGBTQ folks

By: - October 15, 2021

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. “51 Years Out!” KPR Presents, Oct. 10, 2021 Pundits often remark that the shift in public opinion about gay rights in America has been […]

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Audio Astra: Podcasts reflect changing face of media and journalism

By: - October 8, 2021

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. About five hours into my listening of Kansas podcasts this week, I paused the audio. As the Kansas farmland blurred past my rearview mirror, […]

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Audio Astra: Betraying our medical ‘heroes’ in Kansas

By: - October 1, 2021

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. Call health care workers whatever you want — heroes, essential, frontline. Whatever word we use, the constant refrain from health care workers and medical […]

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Audio Astra: Calculating public harm from tax break, deep freeze

By: - September 24, 2021

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. How does the government calculate what we each owe? Whether it’s a decision by a utility regulatory board or a court decision about property […]

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Audio Astra: When trickle down effects become a waterfall

By: - September 17, 2021

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. When daily newspapers shed jobs during the last few decades, education reporters took a hard hit. The layoffs left one or two reporters to […]

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Audio Astra: COVID insecurity in many different forms

By: - September 11, 2021

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. COVID-19 has become so ingrained in our news coverage that I didn’t realize essentially all of the stories in this week’s Audio Astra are […]

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Audio Astra: Experts on Kansas tax incentives, wildlife earn our ears with authority, details

By: - September 3, 2021

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. The cast of scientists, doctors, academics and other experts in my playlist this week is staggering. I hope you join me in rewarding the […]

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Audio Astra: From sublime to newsy, from speculative to touristy, all in podcasts

By: - August 27, 2021

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. Writing a headline for this weekly recap can be easy when there are tidy connections or overlaps between one podcast and another. Not so […]

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Audio Astra: Honesty vs. ignorance with COVID, plus redistricting and school censorship

By: - August 20, 2021

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. To start this week’s audio recap, let’s do a comparison of two COVID-focused podcasts. On one podcast, we have Joseph LeMaster, the Johnson County […]

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Audio Astra: Athletics and finances in higher education, plus foster care concerns

By: - August 13, 2021

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. This week, I have been frequently quoting the Kansas podcasts that I heard. Of course, that is helped by living in a sports-crazed family […]

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Audio Astra: Civil rights, political divisions, a long-ago zoo, school standards

By: - August 6, 2021

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. The variety and quality of Kansas audio this week is the best collection since I started this recap in May. While I would normally […]