Archive for the ‘State of Journalism’ Category

The First Amendment and What It Means for Free Speech Online

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

By Sam Cook

Our article  on the First Amendment and what it means for free speech online, sheds light on what is and what is not guaranteed by the First Amendment in relation to online freedom of speech, file sharing, and anonymity online.

The internet as we know it is nearly 30 years old. Sure, the web is a bit more complicated — and more intricately connected — than it was 30 years ago, but it’s no less of a modern Wild West today than it was in the 90s (although you may need to dig deep into the darknet to experience the real gun-slinging). The freedoms and anonymity  we enjoy online are, however, constantly under scrutiny, by both governments and businesses alike.

Read full article here.



My Reply to a Reply About the James Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism

Friday, April 1st, 2016

I lead with my reply to the reply of  Mr. Buddy Stein, a former D:F/M instructor,  about comments I made about the awards on the #D:F/M listserv known as fm-l. We have crossed swords before. As I recall, one swashbuckling involved the word carpetbagger. And another involved his role as member of a grade appeals committee indulged in serious academic hanky-panky regarding the awarding of a passing grade to a student who had failed a class for cheating. 

[Editor’s Note: Typos, errors have been corrected. Blog post updated April 8, May 3.]


Should Professors Engaging in Academic Journalism Yet Support News Censorship Be Publicly Pilloried?

Thursday, February 18th, 2016


Aronson Awards Celebration – A Colleague Tami Gold Announcement

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

James Aronson never supported news censorship. That can’t be said about the folks who have headed up the Aronson Awards.


One of the Best News Articles Published in Years About Workplace Bullying

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

This is one of the best articles published in a long, long time. I’m talking years:
Workplace Bullying: Characteristics Bullies Look for and Why They Bully – by Valerie Robins,
But I think the remedies about fighting back should be more realistic. Most companies and organizations, like Hunter College where I teach in NYC, don’t have policies about bullying and pretend that it doesn’t exist. Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Vita C. Rabinowitz, responding to my petition I dropped off at the office of CUNY Chancellor James Milliken, said there was no need for a healthy workplace policy at CUNY because the University’s Violence in the Workplace Policy was sufficient.

Without going into great detail here, healthy workplace bills specifically address the psychological harassment and trauma that targets/victims must deal with. CUNY’s workplace violence policy doesn’t come close to dealing with that trauma, which recent studies report can cause victims/target to consider suicide to end their pain and suffering.

Also, it is often very, very difficult to find witnesses or a supporters because they too can be targeted. And, third, the writer doesn’t mention what I think is important, that a healthy workplace bill can mitigate the first two problems I described and many more, such as what does one do when there are wolf packs of bullies. Or a culture complicit with bullying. 

NEVERTHELESS, I AM PASSING THIS ARTICLE I KNOW TO EVERYONE I KNOW, especially my Colleague Larry Shore who sends me emails (despite my caveats over the years) insisting that there is no bullying in the Department of Film and Media Studies, Hunter College, City University of New York, and that I am making it all up.



Another link for the article!


Some Hunter-L Nostalgia As We Head into the Perils of 2016 …

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Hunter-L is a primary listserv for inter-community information at Hunter College, City University of New York. The listserv use to be robust. Dynamic. Inclusive. Opened to students. But like a lot of things at Hunter, it has waned over the last five years, dumbed down by the Powers That Be who embrace the insipid.


Workplace Bullying a Taboo Problem

Monday, December 1st, 2014

But Not for Long


Full Article Here

A Very Revealing New York Times Article

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014


Click Here for Very Revealing Times’ Article


Attention Colleague Bill Herman: The Center for Communication, Inc. Use to Be a Gold Mine of Support for D:F/M Students

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Regarding your fm-l post about the “great” programs of the Center for Communication, Inc. Copy of your post is below. But first, history and context.

Shouldn’t students be informed about the demise of the innovative relationship between the department and the Center for Communication, Inc. when it scheduled numerous panels and events on the Hunter campus, mostly but not exclusively, in the Lang Auditorium, for the benefit of students – and not just those D:F/M majors – so that they didn’t have to trek so much around the city to Center events? For a department with no imagination and no funding for programming for students, the Center relationship was a blessing.

The Chair knows the history. Maybe he might share.

G Morris

Gregg Morris, editor, the WORD & this site.

Gregg Morris, editor, the WORD & this site.