Archive for November, 2008

Jonathan Mena & Jacqueline Fernandez With NAM – Uh Oh!

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

This is amusing. After reviewing and then publishing on the WORD their Youtube production about the gay rights rally in New York City November 15,  I told Jonathan Mena & Jacqueline Fernandez that they were doing too much breaking news and that they should focus on more in-depth stuff for their YouTube broacasts (and for their portfolios).

And guess what? New America Media put their production efforts on its front page.* This is exciting. I, with several years of journalism experience and two books and tons of related experience, told two student journalists that I thought what they did was good but they could do better and NAM decides what they did was front-page news.

I love it.

And will address “it” in subsequent posts.


*This hit NAM’s first page November 16. By tomorrow, it might be in the archives.

The Institute of Nonexistence

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

They say the blame lies not with them but with shoddiness in the traditional news media and especially the blogosphere.

The above quote was extracted from a November 13 New York Times story headlined, “A Senior Fellow at the Institute of Nonexistence,” written by Richard Pérez-Peña. It’s the kind of story that student journalists should be required to read. Many, I think, would regard what the pranksters did as cool.

“No Room for singled-skilled journalists”

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

The headline-quote is from a staff member of the Poynter Institute during a five-day workshop in St. Petersburg, Florida, October, 2008. It has, for me, a lot to say about the J-curriculum undergoing review in my department at Hunter. 


The Denver Trip Still Resonates

Monday, November 10th, 2008

A writer for Hunter’s alumni magazine is working on an article about my students trip to Denver to report on the Democratic National Convention. I’m not sure when it will be published but I thought I would publish the questions she asked of me via email and my responses. I’m still working to document the trip so responding to the query was beneficial for me. And it might be a decent reading for anyone interested in innovative ways of teaching undergraduate journalism, especially in light of this economic crunch that could seriously defer students’ plans to attend graduate journalism schools.



Baruch’s New Undergraduate Journalism Program

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Below is a facsimile of a recent email to my department. It’s oblique but I think still informative for anyone cruising this site. But first some background: My department’s journalism initiative has been faltering for years and years. The faltering started as soon as Serafina Bathrick announced her retirement and the chair who replaced her was planning to dump the J-effort. I wouldn’t go along with the plan, disrupted it and got tenure despite my obstinance. But that fueled an internecine  war that continues to this day.

Nevertheless, here is the “memo” to my department as it is reconsidering its program [the College is undergoing a Middle States accreditation review].