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Anderson helping out future journalists

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TUSCALOOSA, AL - From the press box to the classroom.

You know him as Lars Anderson, the sportswriter. But what has the transition been like for Lars Anderson, the professor?

"In the four years that I've done it, I have slowly gotten to the point where I'm actually getting more enjoyment working with the students than writing an S.I. Cover story," Anderson said.

What does Anderson try to get across to his students?

"It's not an ethics class, but the ethics behind journalism, being a good reporter, asking the right questions, (and) being a good listener." Alabama student Charlie Potter said.

"He really highlights detail, being able to describe the scene, and set the scene for readers," Alabama student Victoria Sheehan said. "I've really come to appreciate (that) because I think that detail gets left out of other classes."

"The biggest problems I see are reporters and writers acting irresponsibly, especially over Twitter," Anderson said. "Being first is usually more important to those reporters than actually being accurate. You see a lot of reporters "eating crow" because they put something out there that ended up not being correct."

Journalism has changed a lot in the past few years. Anderson is hoping to get these kids ready for the time when they "turn pro."
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