Archive for January, 2011

This Semester

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

The WORD Blog (and maybe the WORD) plans to test the boundaries of: Academic Freedom. Free Speech. The First Amendment.

SPJ Student Journalism Contest Deadline

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

By Lauren Rochester
Please mark your calendars and submit your best work from 2010. The Mark of Excellence Awards deadline is January 26.

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It’s Been One of Those Semesters – 4

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Part 4 of 4

I’ve decided on a succinct wrap-up to this matter.

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Crisis in Journalism: A Microcosm – Part 4 [End]

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The battle in D:F/M over the direction of the journalism curriculum (reflecting the many conflicts of the internecine war of several years also ongoing in D:F/M) forced this writer into a publish or perish mode. This series is one of the results.

The Usual Suspects

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Hannah Miet’s Occasional Howdy

Monday, January 10th, 2011

A former WORD writer who is enrolled in the Graduate School of  Journalism at CUNY. She was an award-winning student journalist at Hunter and is an award winning blogger. From time to time, she sends updates.

1. Next poetry reading: Bowery Poetry Club, Sunday January 16th, at 4 p.m. (Mark Calendars! Come! Bring friends!)

2. I had poems published in PANK Magazine and the Naugatuck River Review.

3. I posed as Ernest Hemingway for the 2011 Rumpus Literary Women Calendar, which you can order here.

4. An interview with me, plus some audio recordings of poems, will be up at Linebreak Magazine this coming Tuesday.

5. My non-fiction story, “Throw the Dirt, Brother” was published on Twitch. You can buy it for a buck on Amazon. (And it doesn’t matter if you don’t have an iPad, Kindle, or smartphone – there is a Kindle app for Macs and PCs that is free to download.)

Hannah Miet
Hello, Absurd World.

The WORD Is Not an Award Winning Publication

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

But its student journalists win lots and lots of awards. Such As.

It was invited – the only faculty-supervised student publication to be invited – to that big soiree: 2009 National Ethnic Media Awards & Expo. Sponsored by New America Media.

How about an amen?

Crisis in Journalism: A Microcosm – 3

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

The battle in D:F/M over the direction of the journalism curriculum (reflecting the many conflicts of the internecine war of several years also ongoing in D:F/M) forced this writer into a publish or perish mode. This series is one of the results.

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Crisis in Journalism: A Microcosm – 2

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

The battle in D:F/M over the direction of the journalism curriculum (reflecting the many conflicts of the internecine war of several years also ongoing in D:F/M) forced me into a publish or perish mode. This series is one of the results.

"Students in important areas of learning are more sophisticated and savvy than Colleagues give them credit. Are my Colleagues really that obstinate about teaching and learning?

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Crisis in Journalism: A Microcosm -1

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

This series is a re-post of a earlier post but divided into sections to make the reading experience easier (if anyone is interested). This also allows for minor revisions and tweaking.



The battle in D:F/M over the direction of  the journalism curriculum (reflecting the many conflicts of the internecine war of several years also ongoing in D:F/M) forced me into a publish or perish mode. This post is one of the results.

I know from spending time at the Poynter Institute, visiting the McCormick Foundation, being involved with numerous projects and activities of  New America Media, the New York Times Foundation, New York Community Media Alliance, the Ford Foundation, and so many more other activities, and reviewing studies and proposals and engaging in forums and discussions  – I engage more than any other Colleague in my department if not at the College – that the discussions and battles and intrigue resonating and burning in D:F/M reflect in some ways what is going on in the business and profession at large.

I’ve also been re-reading The Reconstruction of American Journalism by Leonard Downie Jr. and Michael Schudson. It was released in October, 2009. And I’m planning to use it in my journalism ethics and responsibility class this semester.

Other college and university programs are probably wrestling with this issue of burgeoning technological change but most, I am assuming, eschew the maniacal internecine struggles that threaten students’ education. My Colleagues are just too cavalier about the curriculum.

So, I’m posting here a draft of an opinion that was written in Spring, 2009, but for reasons I can’t recall was never disseminated in my department – or at least it appears it was never sent – though many of the themes and topics have been circulated  by me for years. Now, that my department is on the verge of voting on curriculum changes that I’ve been saying for a long, long time are antediluvian and effete that I have made clear that I will not support when it comes to a vote, I am publishing here one of what I call an A Cassandra Moment.

This is the crux of the issue. The Powers That Be in D:F/M have been flummoxed by the burgeoning technology. The students enrolling in D:F/M classes, however, are media savvy, that is, they have been using media extensively well before they ever enrolled in our classes. They write. They use photographs. They produce videos. They do a lot more.

Flummoxed, D:F/M Colleagues have opted not to address the change happening rapidly before their eyes.

End of Part 1

It’s Been One of Those Semesters

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Crisis in Journalism: A Microcosm

The battle in D:F/M over the direction of  the journalism curriculum (reflecting the many conflicts of the internecine war of several years also ongoing in D:F/M) forced me into a publish or perish mode. This post is one of the results.

I know from spending time at the Poynter Institute, visiting the McCormick Foundation, being involved with numerous projects and activities of  New America Media, the New York Times Foundation, New York Community Media Alliance, the Ford Foundation, and so many more other activities, and reviewing studies and proposals and engaging in forums and discussions  – I engage more than any other Colleague in my department if not at the College – that the discussions and battles and intrigue resonating and burning in D:F/M reflect in some ways what is going on in the business and profession at large.

I’ve also been re-reading The Reconstruction of American Journalism by Leonard Downie Jr. and Michael Schudson. It was released in October, 2009. And I’m planning to use it in my journalism ethics and responsibility class this semester.

Other college and university programs are probably wrestling with this issue of burgeoning technological change but most, I am assuming, eschew the maniacal internecine struggles that threaten students’ education. My Colleagues are just too cavalier about the curriculum.

So, I’m posting here a draft of an opinion that was written in Spring, 2009, but for reasons I can’t recall was never disseminated in my department – or at least it appears it was never sent – though many of the themes and topics have been circulated  by me for years. Now, that my department is on the verge of voting on curriculum changes that I’ve been saying for a long, long time are antediluvian and effete that I have made clear that I will not support when it comes to a vote, I am publishing here one of what I call an A Cassandra Moment.

This is the crux of the issue. The Powers That Be in D:F/M have been flummoxed by the burgeoning technology. The students enrolling in D:F/M classes, however, are media savvy, that is, they have been using media extensively well before they ever enrolled in our classes. They write. They use photographs. They produce videos. They do a lot more.

Flummoxed, D:F/M Colleagues have opted for not to address the change happening rapidly before their eyes.

So …

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It Was One of Those Semesters

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Got so wrapped up in events on campus that I missed one I really wanted to do off-campus in 2010:

Dear J-School and Media Educator Colleagues,

On behalf of Sandy and all of us at NAM, we would like to follow-up on our invitation for you and your staff for our upcoming 40th Anniversary celebration on Nov. 12. More details in the invite below. It will be an intimate and memorable evening with our alumni and long-time supporters and partners, including you and your universities/organizations.

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