Archive for July, 2008

More About UWIRE (And the WORD)

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

UWIRE Services

Free Content: We have recently re-launched our website, incorporating our old database into the new Once you become an affiliate, you will be able to pull stories from UWIRE and reuse in your own paper so long as the stories are correctly attributed.

Professional Networking: UWIRE’s new site features a Facebook-style networking opportunity. Instead of connecting with friends, individuals can connect with other young aspiring media professionals. You can post your resume, stories, videos and photos. It’s a perfect place to keep your portfolio at easy access for internship and professional interviews. To take advantage of this, the individual does not need to be a UWIRE member through their school paper. We encourage any student interested in turning their journalism/media interest into a career to make a profile. In the future we will also be featuring online job fairs.



Friday, July 25th, 2008

The WORD, an experiment always experimenting, signs up to join UWIRE:


Charlotte Cusumano [another example] …

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

… of what I would like to think is a burgeoning informal student/alumni-alumna networking for internships and jobs.


Aida Alami …

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

… is an Hunter alumna who founded the printed WORD, generating a lot of attention at its upstart (but it crashed and burned after she graduated). She is also a former online WORD writer. She just notified me that she has been accepted by the graduate journalism program at Columbia University. She is one of those Hunter alumnae and alumni who is always passing on great tips and contact information to me to be passed on to other students. She would blush at the following: We had interesting clashes over issues journalistic when she was a student leader.


Big Apple Learning to Respect Rights of Photographers And Filmmakers (Thanks to the NYCLU)

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

This information was originally published in the WORD,  but a student – Gresham Gregory who does reviews for the WORD and is involved in all manner of multimedia – insisted that the message needed to be disseminated on a grander scale. So, it was posted on Hunter listservs and now here. Also, I realized because of Gregory, that this info could be important for those students [of all ages] coming to the Big Apple with their cameras. At the bottom of this message, are important links.



I Had to Do It, I had to Do It [ad absurdum] …

Friday, July 18th, 2008

… list this URL questioning the value of a journalism degree and journalism programs. It was written by Professor Jon Funabaki. It is an old (ooo-ooo-old) blog post but important for those trying to evaluate the merit of journalism courses and programs, that is, students who want journalism careers and instructors who teach in journalism programs and are serious about what they teach. This post was prompted by a discussion with a colleague this past semester in the Department of Film and Media Studies where I teach.


Mentoring Students: A “Blast” From the Past

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Date: Thu 8 Jun 11:41:38 EDT 2006 - This has really been a great year for the journalism students and all the mentoring they have gotten from you is paying great dividends.  Congratulations.

A staff member of the Hunter College career services department


I came across this old email as I was doing summer cleaning of my email box. Mentoring, for me, is characteristics of journalists/J-instructors whom I respect: A primordial urge kicks in when they meet the up-and-coming and want to help, not  as crutches but as mentors. Mentoring is big part of the serious journalism programs, such as those at Columbia University and CUNY’s. That’s what my former students say and they don’t use the word, nope, they describe – effusively – their interactions with faculty and administrators and staff. Some can even cite mentors they’ve met as they started their careers. Mentoring shouldn’t be a big deal.


Charlotte Cusmano Redux

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

“I was offered a position yesterday afternoon, took it and start Monday [July 14]. I am now an Editorial Assistant at, a start-up website at Hearst. I’m a Hearst employee and working in their beautiful tower – I am very excited! I love that it is a start-up because they really made it seem like I would be able to have a lot of say in what goes on the site and now I will be able to witness firsthand how something takes off (or flops) and what works and what doesn’t.”


Charlotte Cusmano majored in media studies at Hunter College, was the features editor then managing editor at the Hunter Envoy, which she was trying to help revive from a deep, deep slumber (I’m talking lots of years) so that it could live up to its claim of being the student-run, independent newspaper at the College. She did this while also holding several internship positions and taking classes full time. She graduated in June.

Hunter’s student journalists like Cusmano do the remarkable regularly and one would expect an up tempo joie de vivre to be resonating fiercely about their accomplishments, yet … so, I post snippets about student successes on Hunter-L, the College’s main community network for information (i.e., listserv), on other lists, like my department’s listserv, fm-l, and on  to let other students know about their peers’ successes because I believe success can be infectious.

And I plan to do it here on this blog.

So, I end this ode about Cusmano with one of my favorite refrains: I’ve encountered more exceptional students here at Hunter than I did teaching in the journalism program at Rutgers University (New Brunswick campus) and the journalism program at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University.

More of this later.

Does anyone know the last time a New Jersey newspaper won a Pulitzer?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

I had to ask the question.

I sent the request to the Region 1 Director of the Society of Professional Journalists (because I was on her email list) and got the following response:

Date: Mon 30 Jun 18:50:27 EDT 2008
From: Carolyn James <> Add To Address Book 
Subject: Re: SPJ Region One Director Carolyn James 

I have sent an email on this to my local Jersey people. Hope they can help
you. Carolyn James

On July 5 I sent the same request to Catherine Langley, Communications Manager  of the New Jersey Press Association.  It’s membership is much bigger than the SPJ Region 1 chapter. I got an “out-of-office” reply [she was on vacation].

And here’s more of the question originally asked: Does anyone know when was the last time a New Jersey newspaper won a:


Encourage College Student Writers to Join the National Writers Union?

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

Date: Fri 27 Jun 09:54:07 EDT 2008
From: Dan Connell
Subject: Re: why I quit SPJ — or, why SPJ quit me 
To: “Brasch, Walter” 
Cc: [emails removed] 

Perhaps SPJ members and student writers (at least those who freelance) should consider joining the National Writers Union, which–as a local linked to the UAW–has more of an orientation toward its base while also taking a lead role on issues that affect our freedom to do out work, i.e., the Patriot Act. Check it out:

Dan Connell (member of the NWU since 1981)

This is not a bad idea for serious student writers, however, most journalism, English and creative writing majors are not especially interested in writing careers. Nevertheless, since those in my writing classes are required to publish stories in the WORD, I’m seriously considering, because of this suggestion by Connell, to introduce some more reality planning in my advanced courses.