Archive for August, 2008

Back from the Democratic Convention, Getting Ready for Classes But …

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

I will be writing a lot about the Democratic Convention even though it ended August 28 and the Republican event is about to begin. There was so much going on and I’m not just referring to the political wheeling and dealing and the pageantry. I’m going to provide a kind of behind-the-scenes look. Journalism technology, for example, was on awesome display.


Desperately Seeking John Liu, NYC Council Member And NY Delegate to the Democratic National Convention

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Being a journalist is tough. Being a student journalist is even tougher. Student journalists have absolutely no clout and very few connections. This reality has never been more apparent than in my quest to interview New York City Council Member John Liu.

Special Correspondent Jacqueline Fernandez


“It’s Biden – I got the text message at …

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

… at 3:09 a.m. but CNN broke the story a full hour early.”

Special Correspondent Jonathan Mena

The 14 Journalists – including 4 from the WORD – Sponsored by New America Media to …

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

… attend the Democratic National Conventions are:


Democratic National Convention: “remember to cover the people who are …

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

“…coming from all over the country to protest the DNC and show the world that there are people in this country that are resolutely opposed to an attack on iran, furthering the wars in afghanistan and iraq for even one more day, the looming threat of American theocracy and in short the whole program begun by Bush.”

Lu Chun-Chao, former Hunter Student.

WORD Special Correspondent Jonathan Mena says he will be checking out Lu Chun-Chao’s reminder. Chun-Chao also wrote: “I’m helping organize the protests from NYC; I do know some people who would love to be interviewed by your paper, some who are organizing the protests on a national level and some who are going themselves. I don’t know right now of any Hunter students going”

Chun-Chao said that Cindy Sheehan; Vietnam war vet and author Ron Kovic; Debra Sweet, director of World Can’t Wait, revolutionary activist and journalist Sunsara Taylor; Militiary Mother Elaine Brower and author Larry Everest will be there. Contact information for interviews: Linda Rigas – 714.235.8213 or Debra Sweet 718.809.3803.

New England Ethnic Newswire — NEWz — at the Democratic National Convention With the WORD

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008



Jonathan Mena’s Coda for the Democratic National Convention

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

— From Jonathan Mena:

The Presidential race for the White House has become the most watched and anticipated election in the world.

All eyes will be on America come this November as recent polls show that the race will be a neck-and-neck battle. This election will be history in the making and the WORD will be there to report thanks in large part to New America Media, NAM, a national collaboration and advocate for over 2000 ethnic news organizations, The Ford Foundation, which provided a grant for a multimedia ethnic reporting project that includes the WORD and of course Professor Gregg Morris who is a master at knowing what buttons to push to get a job done.



Jonathan Mena Warming Up for the Democratic National Convention

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

A peak at the work-in-progress by Special Correspondent Jonathan Mena who is coordinating the technical backbone for the WORD’s reporting on the Democratic National Convention. I have been really impressed with my students preparation for this historic event. And so I want to give a behind-the-scenes look at what they are doing to prepare. Mena allowed me to show some of his tests as long as I make sure that the real final projects are uploaded and clearly identified.

Below is a test. It will be revised shortly.

Jonathan Vlog Broadcast your self LIVE

“I started the journalism school at Columbia University last week and …

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

 … it looks like I will have a very busy year. Right now the first class is a three-weeks intensive reporting training class and while my reporting professor was describing the class I couldn’t help but remember the hardest class I took at Hunter: Advanced Reporting!

Aida Alami, Hunter alumna, former WORD writer


NAHJ Announces 2008 Journalism Award Winners

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

I’m posting this information because so many Hunter students have earned scholarships and awards and because NAHJ is serious about its mission:

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is proud to announce the winners of the 2008  Awards and Journalism Awards, which include Maria Hinojosa, a pioneering radio, print and TV journalist and book author, receiving the prestigious NAHJ Leadership Award for her social justice stories in all media formats.