A Riposte to Colleague Bernard Stein’s Things Are Great With D:F/M Journalism – Part I

Serious journalism and media students on this campus don’t realize, or maybe “don’t imagine” is a better phrase, with whom they are competing  for the best internships. It’s not just students from City University of New York or NYU and Fordham and other local higher ed institutions but The Ivy League, The Big Ten, Rutgers, The Big 12 and more. That’s because New York City is the nation’s media mecca and attracts the attention of fortune hunters from around the country if not the globe.

That realization caused this writer to connect early on with organizations like the Center for Communication, The Business Press Education Foundation, The American Society of Magazine Editors, New America Media, The Independent Press Association (now defunct), The Robert McCormick Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Foreign Press Association of New York, the Poynter Institute and numerous others.

It also was the primary reason for starting the WORD. So, when a Colleague trumpets thef message (see below) celebrating D:F/M’s debauched journalism effort, I struggle to suppress the scream.

On Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 10:23 AM, Bernard Stein ‪<bstein@hunter.cuny.edu>‬ wrote [on the College Listserv known as Hunter-L]:  In a post on Hunter-l, Prof. Gregg Morris asserted that Hunter’s journalism curriculum is not meeting the challenges posed by the migration of news to the Internet.

I write to correct the record. 

Students who choose the journalism concentration are required in the second semester of reporting & writing to cover a New York City neighborhood and publish their stories on-line, accompanied by photographs, videos and interactive features.

Students in magazine writing publish their work in the e-zine The Bridge.

Students in on-line journalism use the digital toolbox to blog on a topic of interest to them.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Essayist Stein

Pulitzer Prize Winning Essayist Stein

Students in Neighborhood News, which I teach, report on-line and in print for The Hunts Point Express, which serves a community in the South Bronx.

Students who study with the Jack Newfield Visiting Professor publish their projects in a variety of formats and venues, including the Village Voice, City Limits, the New York World and the Mott Haven Herald.

Prof. Morris’s students publish their work in The WORD, his on-line publication. [Writer’s Note: Actually, students in Prof. Morris’ classes and those who work directly with him do a hell lot more than that.]

And students in journalism classes that have no Website of their own have the opportunity to polish and publish their course work in 6mix, maintained by the Film & Media Department.

No more robust a lineup of classroom-based digital publications can be found anywhere in CUNY. Most of us take pride in our students’ work and in the opportunity they’re afforded to build portfolios they can show to employers and graduate schools.

Bernard L. Stein
Professor of journalism, Dept. of Film & Media

Writer’s Note: See Part II for an analysis  of the phantasmal comments described above.


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