Archive for January, 2009

My Ford Foundation Grant: Significant Events Cited in Final Report

Friday, January 16th, 2009

The WORD received considerable interest and support and that led to it receiving press credentials from the Independent Press Association (now known as the New York Community Media Alliance) for two students to join a cadre of professional news reps from 10 NYCMA member organizations to report on the New Hampshire Primaries in January, 2008. The students reported on rallies and news conferences and met with the University of New Hampshire survey center associate director who briefed all the journalists about the primaries.

And the success of that trip led to the WORD receiving press credentials for three students to report on the Democratic National Convention. (more…)

The 4 Barnacles of the Apocalypse (A Work in Progress)

Thursday, January 15th, 2009


[This page is pockmarked with weird symbols like  â€“ I’m because of WORDPRESS updates. This page will be eventually removed and the edited contents will be added to another web site.]

This – I’m referring to all the words below is an edited version of an email sent to my department about grade tampering, and I also alluded to gross violations of academic freedom and academic collegiality as well as to what seem to be odious F/M customs and practices, such as colleagues engaging in defamation and slander. This kind of sleazy office politics seem to be cherished traditions in my department and are regarded, insanely I have to add, by too many colleagues as “Collegial.”

I have also referred to these perversions in various communiques, emails, listserv postings as well as as Farce and Mediocrity. The original title for the email to my department was:”Recommend For New Business, Wednesday, Grade Tampering in F/M- A Big Barnacle: Is a discussion needed?” I was interested in a discussion at the last department meeting of the fall semester, 2008, not that I was expecting a discussion. But I wanted to know how colleagues would respond and I needed to gauge things.


My Ford Foundation Grant: Lessons Learned – 6

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Lesson 6. It is not a a waste of energy to try developing an informal, collaborative relationship with student news media at Hunter so as to try to encourage them to consider publishing articles and disseminating information about ethnic-immigrant issues. This is especially true considering the richness of Hunter’s culturally and ethnically diverse student body. But … (more…)

The WORD’s Luis M. Mostacero Heading to the Presidential Inauguration

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

WORD senior editor/producer Luis M. Mostacero also writes for Noticia Hispanoamericana in Baldwin, New York (AKA Long Island). He will be reporting on the inauguration for Noticia Hispanoamericana but will also be writing some stories for the WORD.


WORD senior editor/producer Luis Mostacero interviewing people who had voted in the neighborhood voting booths set up inside of the Hunter North Building November 4.

WORD senior editor/producer Luis Mostacero interviewing people who had voted in the neighborhood voting booths set up inside of the Hunter North Building.



WORD Writer Gets Inauguration Press Credentials

Monday, January 12th, 2009

A WORD writer who also writes for a Spanish-speaking newspaper on Long Island has received press credentials via his LI newspaper for the 2009 Inauguration.


The Health of Ethnic Media

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Funded by the McCormick Foundation, “The Health of Ethnic Media: Needs and Opportunities”:  A must read for students and instructors seriously interested in journalism and media. That goes for practitioners as well because …


My Ford Foundation Grant: Lessons Learned – 4 & 5

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Lesson 4. Instructors need to beware of the mesmerizing power of platforms like YouTube. It is becoming so easy for students to produce material for the internet that they can lose sight, for example, about the importance of writing skills to tell their stories. That naivete can lead to students eschewing reputable journalistic practices as well as the traditions of reputable ethical practices and news media responsibility.

Lesson 5. This instructor must consider revising his journalism syllabi often for the foreseeable future. 

My Ford Foundation Grant: Lessons Learned – 3

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Lesson 3. YouTube and other platforms like it are excellent tools for teaching students about multimedia news dissemination.