Archive for June, 2008

Conflict: A Behind-the-Scenes Snapshot of SPJ, Region 1

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

I’m not identifying anyone regarding recent email correspondence sent to me as part of an info-outreach by the Region I Director of the Society of Professional Journalists. Since several WORD writers have won SPJ Mark of Excellence awards in recent years, I try to be in contact with the organization though not actively involved. 

Dear Professor:
As the Region One Director for the National Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), I am reaching out to you as I have your name and email address on my list as the SPJ liaison for your college or university’s SPJ chapter. I would like you to know that I am available to you as a source of information and support for your chapter.

What follows is the edited response from a journalism professor who has been seriously involved with the organization for several years.  I thought I would post without explanation an edited version of what he wrote to the regional director but if several days from now I notice the need for more clarity, I will re-address this decision. I think the whole matter is very informative.

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Jacqueline Fernandez at the Filipino Express

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

From Jacqueline Fernandez: 

The Filipino Express hired me as a correspondent for them … $50 an article and $50 if I get a photo …  I get to cover the President of the Philippines’ speech today [June 26] at the UN and then I’m also covering the reception for all these prominent people in the FIl-Am community at the Hilton.”

“So that is pretty exciting.”

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The Parisi Paradoxy: An Imperative — Part 2

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

This is probably more tattling about F/M politics than most students (and others) may want to know - Lingua Franca, not – but students should be aware that their careers can be affected by the vicissitudes of department politicking, especially if the politicking is lame and feeble and partisan with a narcissistic bent so that earning and education are devalued in pursuit of the great game.

Thus:

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The Parisi Paradoxy: An Imperative — Part 1

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

This post may help clarify for students any confusion regarding publication of the WORD. It may also provide clarification for others on and off the Hunter College campus who come across this blog.

The WORD is an innovative pedagogical tool to teach students journalism. It’s based on this principle: Require students to write for publication and provide media that will showcase their work. The publishing imperative requires the students and the instructor to strive for higher academic standards and achievement. Burgeoning technology, of course, has significantly increased not only this potential for improving student writing but also the potential for enhancing student education. The WORD has also significantly improved student opportunities for getting internships and jobs.

True, a lot of professors believe that it’s not their responsibility to help students get internships and jobs, that such responsibility regarding career choices and decisions falls on the the students’ shoulders or with their colleges’ career services support systems. Hunter has a really good support system but this instructor believes that J-professors, especially, should be proactive mentorers (especially when there are operations like the WORD that can help make it easier for them to contribute to students’ careers).

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Hunter’s Erstwhile Renaissance Woman Says …

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

… that for now she only accepts $$$ for movie projects and she is appearing in several soon-to-be released pics.

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Advanced Reporting (MEDP 293), Feature Writing (MEDP 299.47)

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Disastrous.

These classes weren’t as organized as they should have been (too many departmental distractions for the instructor) and too many students in the poorly under-enrolled classes weren’t prepared, that is, their introductory news classes hadn’t prepped them for advanced courses. That’s been happening a lot.

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