Archive for May, 2009

New America Media National Ethnic Media Award Winners

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

This is a quickie alert because I’m trying to wrap up my semester and have been waylaid with last minute stuff. More later about NAM and its June 4-5 convention. Needless to say, NAM – thanks to Jonathan Mena, Kisha Allison, Jacqueline Fernandez and Eunji Jang – really admires Hunter students and does a lot to support them.

On with the quickie:

NAM Media advisory


ATLANTA – New America Media  the nation’s largest association of ethnic media outlets, today announced winners of its National Ethnic Media Awards honoring exceptional contributions to journalism by members of the ethnic media.


Sharpton Redux [Instructor Eats Crow]

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
Feature Writing, Spring 2009.

Feature Writing, Spring 2009.

Email sent to my Feature Writing students after the Thursday, April 30 class:
Andrea Leon convinced me that I missed the big picture and that she has a story that no journalist, pro or student (in recent memory), has regarding Sharpton. So, I would really appreciate it if everyone in class would send her three or four sentences regarding their likes and dislikes about Sharpton. Try to be specific about why you like or don’t like or respect or disrespect about him.

Please let her know if you can use your name or not in this special she’s working on.

For pedagogical reasons, I will offer a brief recap and opinion at the beginning of class because the tiff illustrates some journalistic matters that can’t be taught via book/class and have to be learned via real-world experience.




Working the Crowd

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

When I worked for the the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester, New York and the Washington Star in Washington, D.C. (before it was crushed by the Washington Post), and later the New York Post, I always felt the rush, as if the dopamine was coursing full speed when I waded into a crowd to ask questions of strangers who had no real reason to answer me.

Metropolitan Museum of Art – May 24, 2009

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

While my department dillydallies over its future, I’m exploring new ways to teach. That means a lot of field testing. The latest: Visiting the MET Sunday, May 24. Armed with a Panasonic Luminix DMC-LX3 point-n’-shoot. For now, I want to keep things simple: Pictures of MET visitors taking pictures.

Going to the MET was a friend’s idea.


So Much to Do

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Because I was so wrapped up in trying to get my students credentials for the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver in August, and getting them prepped once they were notified by New America Media that three were going, and trying later for a WORD presence at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis (my trying was not as serious nor as successful as my efforts for the DNC in Denver) and then the Presidential Inaugural in D.C. (which they accomplished by themselves), I had slacked off a lot.

And I am still playing catch-up.

MEDP 292 – Basic Reporting, Spring, 2009 – Took It on the Chin

Sunday, May 24th, 2009
Started with 16, ended with them

Started with 16, ended with them


Random Shots, May 23, 2009, A Work in Progress

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
Brooklyn Bridge, About 3 p.m. Shot quickly.

Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Side, About 3 p.m. Shot quickly. May 23


A Clarence Thomas Twit

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas – “No compassion in these kids nowadays. I just witnessed a group of punks defacing a Memorial Day decorative wreath. I was mortified.”

This post has a remote link to Journalism … I’m not one of his fans but I follow.

I, of course, replied: “But did you call the cops?”


The Last D:/F/M Faculty Meeting of the Semester

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Cryptic but will have to do until I get back from the New America Media expo in Atlanta, June 4 -5. And by that I mean:


A Xmas Present for The Four Barnacles of the Apocalypse?

Monday, May 18th, 2009



Monday, May 18th, 2009

Students in my feature writing are completing a nonfiction writing experiment about their commutes to and from campus. Some are adding pics with their features, some aren’t. The pub date is to begin late this week.

The 299.47 Feature Writing Posse

The 299.47 Feature Writing Posse


Cheerios Fails FDA’s Lie Detector Test

Sunday, May 17th, 2009
[You Never Saw This on the Evening News]

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Department of Health and Human Services' logo

Ken Powell 
Chairman of the Board and CEO 
General Mills 
One General Mills Boulevard 
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55426

Dear Mr. Powell: 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed the label and labeling of your Cheerios® Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal. FDA’s review found serious violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) and the applicable regulations in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR). You can find copies of the Act and these regulations through links in FDA’s home page at

Based on claims made on your product’s label, we have determined that your Cheerios® Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal is promoted for conditions that cause it to be a drug because the product is intended for use in the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of disease. Specifically, your Cheerios® product bears the following claims ort its label:


Read more here.


Sunday, May 17th, 2009
Feature Writing, Spring 2009. They All Passed?

Feature Writing, Spring 2009. They All Passed?


Attention Savvy, Enterprising Journalism Students: “Programming for Everyone”

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

I posted the following on Hunter-L, the College listserv:

Someone has been posting notices in the North Building about this course, “Programming for Everyone,” CSCI, 133, Registration Code: 5020. Only 23 seats. Summer session.

I strongly suggest savvy, enterprising J-students to enroll ASAP if possible. A brief description from – “If you’re in any of the sciences or maths then you know you’re going to write some programs eventually, and, if you’re in the arts, then you want to create new media.”

Whoa! Sounds like a prescription for journalism students, especially those with entrepreneurial instincts. It’s only a matter of time before serious journalism programs start considering programming instruction (uh oh, turf war) for their best students.

Hop the wave now before the stampede. Can’t get in the class? Do the minor later on.


WORDPRESS has shown me the way.