Creating Journalists at Emmanuel College

A guide for ENGL 2501 and ENGL 3801

Meet Norman Miller, MetroWest crime reporter and Beer Nut

Norman Miller, MetroWest Daily News crime reporter and beer expert. PHOTO COURTESY METROWEST DAILY NEWS

Norman Miller, MetroWest Daily News crime reporter and beer expert. PHOTO COURTESY METROWEST DAILY NEWS

Wednesday’s speaker involves a lot of finger crossing and knocking wood on my part, because there’s a very good chance he might not be able to show. Norman Miller is the crime reporter for the MetroWest Daily News. If bad people decide to do bad things, it’s Norm’s job to have the story.

He’s also the only person I know who gets part of his pay in beer. Norm, since 2006, has had an alternate identity: The Beer Nut, MetroWest’s self-made expert in all things craft beer. He started out writing columns, added one of Wicked Local’s most popular blogs and he’s now written two books: “Beer Lover’s New England” and the recent “Boston Beer: A History of Brewing in the Hub.”

A 40th birthday for the Beer Nut does NOT mean the usual newsroom sheetcake.

A 40th birthday for the Beer Nut does NOT mean the usual newsroom sheetcake.

Norm has been on the crime beat at MetroWest since 2000. I have absolutely no recollection of the first time we met; I know that once upon a time in my MetroWest career, I did not have a co-worker who would greet me with “Yo, Dawg,” and it was a sadder time.

Students in Introduction to Journalism will be live-Tweeting their conversation starting at 8 a.m. using the hashtag #ECNorm (Norm on Twitter is @Norman_MillerMW). Feature Writing students will interview Norm, choosing to focus their questions on either beer or crime (or beer-inspired crime). Both classes will be writing stories based on his talks.

Please do not bring beer to the classroom.

And if crime gets in the way? You’ll get to see how creative the professor gets on deadline.

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