Archive for the ‘Student Journalism’ Category

Before THEY Screwed Things Up

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Former WORD Senior Editor Jonathan Mena, far left. Former WORD Senior Editor Daniel Allen, sitting to right of William C. Thompson, Jr. when he was the NYC Comptroller and is now Chair of the CUNY Board of Trustees. The other students are from Columbia U. and NYU. All were invited to meet with the Comptroller who was reaching out to NYC college students.

Kisha Allison, Jacqueline Fernandez and Jonathan Mena cruising Denver streets for a good restaurant. They were in the city for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, covering the nomination of Barack Obama.

Former WORD Senior Editor Kisha Allison, recipient of the Ramona Moore scholarship from the National Association of of Black Journalists, New York City Chapter.

Recalling a Period from the Good Ol’ Days When Hunter Undergraduate Journalism Was Lush with Opportunities for Students

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

This was originally published March 24, 2009, with the headline, Business Press Education Foundation:

Several years ago, Hunter use to rank one, two or three among about 60 colleges (Big 10, Big 8, NYU, Fordham, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, others) whose students were awarded paying internships arranged through the Business Press Education Foundation.

There was one year the Big H slipped to fourth (sniff). And there was that one moment at a fête at Baruch College (the so-called business college) to celebrate the awardees, and five from the Big H stood up – Uno Numero. I remember the ooh’s and ah’s, and someone saying aloud, a paraphrase: “What’s going on at Hunter?”  The Hunter students winning the awards were all enrolled in my journalism writing classes, and all of their articles submitted for the contest at that time had been published in the Envoy because there was no WORD at the time. The College, of course, got the credit, however.

So much for history and why published portfolios are super important and why requiring students to submit articles for publication is so much better than any of the other teaching formulas for teaching writing, of course, taking place at the Big H.

BPEF internships include news editorial and business side positions for summer internships, sometimes as much as $300 per week. Students completing the internships have continued into the following fall semester in part time, stringing and full-timepositions. The deadline is late this year, real late. April 9.

There is a drawback, however. Sometimes the BPEF doesn’t adequately oversee the internship process and some companies try to rook students of their stipends or give them secretarial duties which have nothing to do with editorial tasks.

[February 10, 2018 update: Phyllis Reed, who for several years headed the BPEF internship program, was committed to rooting out these unfair practices and was especially committed to making sure that ethnic minority students were fairly treated. Click here for more information about Phyllis Reed.]

The August 30 Department Meeting Was Unlike Any in Recent Memory: It Would Have Had Luis Buñuel Turning Over and Over in His Grave with Excitement If He Had Been Invited

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

The First Amendment and What It Means for Free Speech Online

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

By Sam Cook
comparitech.com

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.

 

 

Sent to Academe@aaup.org – Part 1

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Query:

I’m trying to get background information on situations like the one I’m describing here (as succinctly as possible):

Three students in a journalism ethics class of 21 decided that they didn’t like the class (two flunked an assignment and one didn’t do the assignment) and met with a deputy chair of my department who told them how to file a complaint against this instructor and the deputy chair said that the department has been trying to get rid of this instructor and that their complaint would help.

The three students took the information back to the instructor’s journalism ethics class, relayed what the deputy chair said and tried to recruit students to joint in the complaint. The deputy chair also told the students that one they should tape the instructor’s class. One did. A dean told the instructor that at least 13 students supported the complaint but it was subsequently learned that this wasn’t true, that there was a hardcore of about as many as six students.Eventually, three students filed the complaint and, later, another student joined the complaint. Usually complaints about grades are settled by the grade appeal process.

I’m trying to learn how widespread is this abuse of a policy as well as the manipulation of students to attack professors this way.

Thanks for any information,
Gregg Morris
Assistant Professor
Tenured

“The Controversy Continues” & Larry Shore – Part 1

Monday, September 19th, 2016

[Editor’s Note – What follows was an unpublished blog sitting on the back burner for a few years. I decided today would be a good day to publish. Most of the comments by Colleague Larry Shore are malarkey and stuff he has made up or twisted. I will respond point by point in the near future.]

The headline is a reference to a comment several years ago by Colleague Peter Parisi about angst, anger and frustration directed at the WORD by ersatz student activists known as SLAM – the Student Liberation Action Movement – because they couldn’t control the publication despite clandestine, sympathetic and sometimes clandestine support from certain Colleagues in the Department of Film and Media Studies.

My stomach tightened when Parisi made the comment. I, ambivalent, relaxed somewhat when he also said, and this is a recollection despite the quote marks for effect, “That’s good,” meaning the controversy attracted a lot of attention. Of course, Parisi didn’t ask me how I felt about the “controversy.”

I am publishing below Larry Shore’s email to me without comment. That will  come later, yet, I have to say this. One, I would have coffee with the Colleague identified below only if I was accompanied by an entourage of Ninjas. Two, the lies and deceit threaten to overpower my peace of mind.

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Academic Bullying at Hunter College

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016


Support the NYS Healthy Workplace Bill to make workplace, academic bullying illegal – please sign this petition. What I’m describing above should never happen to anyone. 

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Attention Colleague Larry Shore Who Calls Himself Professor: What’s With Your Latest Lumpen Goombah Kamikaze Email?

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

I think you should check out this link before you kamikaze-eee your next email to me. There is just too much academic debauchery-demonic looniness-depravity in the department for one Colleague to try to coverup. Your herculean efforts, so to speak, will not make the stables look pristine but only serve to attract attention. But you seem comfortable with that.

larryshore
save you some time
LARRY SHORE [lshorel@optimum.net]
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2016 4:06 PM
To: Greggory w Morris
Gregg
I saw your recent e-mail.
I thought I could save you some time and hassle. Your notes were wrong,
Tami has nothing to do with the revised radio course.
It is strictly a project between Sissel and Karen.

regards
Larry

 

... trying to intimidate a Colleague when she was Hunter College PSC Chapter Chair. Picture taken at meeting where department chair lost his cool and asked me twice to hit him.

… trying to intimidate a Colleague when she was Hunter College PSC Chapter Chair. Picture taken at meeting where department chair lost his cool and asked a Colleague twice to hit him.

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Coming to New York Soon!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

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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.]

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