Posts Tagged ‘journalism education’

I would have preferred “Journalism Students Take Historic Reporting Trip”

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

… instead of the above headline from the recent issue of the Hunter Alumni magazine article about Kisha Allison, Jonathan Mena and Jacqueline Fernandez at the Democratic National Convention. Why?


From Around the World They Came

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

By Senior Editor/Producer Jonathan Mena


I interviewed people from Ethiopia, Cambodia, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Sardinia, India … Milwaukee !!!

Click here for video.

Inauguration Update: Must See Video

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

By Senior Producer/Editor Jacqueline Fernandez (With Technical Assistance from Jonathan Mena)

Today (Monday, January 19) — Jonathan Mena and I got a call from our colleague Luis Mostacero that there might be a chance for us to get press credentials to attend the Inauguration of Barack Obama. The challenged: Jonathan and I had to dash through congested, convoluted Washington D.C. traffic to make it to the Russell Senate Office Building in 30 minutes– or else!

See Them Run!

Picture below by Jacqueline Fernandez


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…)

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…)

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.


My Ford Foundation Grant: Lessons Learned – 2

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Lesson 2. Journalism in order to develop at Hunter needs to eschew filmmaking techniques and aesthetics and develop its own methodology.


My $30,000 Ford Foundation Grant: Lessons Learned – 1

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Lesson 1. Paltry technical support that was not anticipated required this writer to draw upon technology workshops on and off campus as well as from online and off-line tutorials plus support from the CUNY graduate journalism program to acquire sufficient technical expertise to supervise students for audio, video and visual news dissemination. Thus this lesson: Instructors interested in teaching multimedia news dissemination have to have sufficient technical expertise in new media and broadcast-type software and hardware because many college undergraduate programs are still rooted in old traditions and that goes for their technical staffs. 

My $30,000 Ford Foundation Grant: Grant Proposal Excerpts

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

I was awarded a $30,000 Ford Foundation grant to develop a multimedia ethnic reporting class. I emailed a final report to Ford December 31. I am publishing some excerpts from the report. Here’s the first:


Final Grades, Fall Semester – Basic Reporting (So-called)

Monday, January 5th, 2009

This was one of the most talented classes I’ve had in a few years. However, two students who could have achieved at least a B flunked because they seemed to believe they could bluff their way through the course and get a C  without completing the assignments (that’s my impression), and one was very late-late several times and in one conversation conveyed that she was hoping to bluff – again, my impression – her way to a passing grade that she could get without doing the homework.

The other attended class regularly but … refused to turn in assignments or refused to turn in assignments on time.

Because of the internecine war with my department about my classes and how I want to teach, final grades is always serious manner. The usual attrition rate – F’s, D’s, W’s and WU’s – is one-third.

I’m expecting that the two INCs eventually become passing grades.


A — 2
B+ — 3
B — 3
B- — 1
INC — 2
W — 1
WU — 1
F — 2