Monthly Archives: March 2009

CNBC Gives Financial Advice | The Daily Show | Comedy Central

If you haven’t seen it already, here’s the Jon Stewart’s slapdown of CNBC that’s been making the rounds on the blogosphere. Talk about PR disaster for the channel.

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Student Photographer to Face Trial

A student photographer from Pennsylvania State University is facing trial for refusing to disperse after a riot broke out after a football game at State College, Pa. last Fall. What’s interesting about this case is that the judge says the media has “no greater right” to be at the scene than the general public. But the defense lawyer says the photographer, who had a fancy camera and looked like a news reporter, was targeted for arrest while people who were taking pictures with their cell phones were not targeted. The lawyer says representatives of the media are entitled to greater access because of their role in getting the word out, not less. Here’s the story by the Student Press Law Center.

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Looking for Internships?

Elissa Sonnenberg, a journo prof from University of Cincinnati, reminded me on Facebook of this site as being a good place to look for internships American Society of Newspaper Editors.

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Is This Love or What?

This was the scene today in the Humanities Office at Purchase. Five tins of Friskies lovingly stacked by our beloved Humanities secretary, Stephanie Acton, in front of a space heater at the foot of her desk in Room 2020. Her cats like their food warm. Who doesn’t! catfood-picture

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It’ll make your head spin, but check out Twitterfall. Tweets from Twitter appear in real time on the screen providing a fascinating look at what people are Tweeting about. Journalists have been using Twitter as a way of learning about breaking stories as well as a way of getting hold of eyewitnesses.


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Staff of College Paper Strike

Staffers at the University of Oregon’s student newspaper, the Daily Emerald, went on strike Weds., saying they would not go back to work until their demands were met. The dispute is over student control and editorial independence all playing out against a backdrop of severe money problems. Here’s how the students described it in their story on

Here’s the newspaper’s advisor, Steven Smith, an Emerald alum and former editor in chief of The Spokesman Review in Spokane, Wash.,  giving his resignation to the board of directors. He copied the letter to Poynter Online’s Romanesko:

Good morning,

When it comes to unwise and futile gestures, I take a back seat to no one. So I can’t in any way criticize the staff of the Daily Emerald for taking a stand on behalf of principles in which they believe even though I think they are being shortsighted.

I love the University of Oregon and I love the Daily Emerald. I have done my best throughout my career to show support for both institutions. Finding myself in conflict with the paper’s student editors is personally painful.

So, it is clearly in the best interests of all involved that I withdraw my offer to work with the paper in the coming year.

Perhaps with the field clear, the board and the staff can focus on the one issue that matters, the paper’s survivability.

I am going to ask the Emerald to reimburse me for non-refundable expenses incurred in advance of my trip to Eugene next week, something less than $300.

Thanks for your consideration and support during this difficult time. Please know that I wish you and the staff all the best.


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Students Help Cops Zero in on Chandra Levy Suspected Killer

CNN reports that a group of criminal justice students from Bauder College in Atlanta helped the police narrow in on the immigrant suspected in the 2001 killing of Washington D.C. intern, Chandra Levy.

They spent hours with the slain intern’s mother, Susan Levy, who flew from her home in California to Atlanta just to talk to them. Chandra Levy had studied criminal justice in college, too.

They began with a list of five suspects, then narrowed it down to one. On December 28, they mailed their findings to the police chief in Washington, D.C. They never heard back.

But on Saturday, the text and phone messages began to fly. There’s a suspect, they told each other with excitement. An arrest is imminent.

“It completely validates 15 months of work,” their teacher, Sheryl McCollum, said that Saturday morning. “We knew this case was solvable. There was no reason for it not to be solved.”

Here’s the whole CNN story: LINK.

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A Day at The Times

One of my students, Jenna Giarletta, spent a day at the New York Times shadowing an editor for an assignment and wrote about it at the The Purchase Brick. She got to go into the editors’ afternoon meeting. She writes:

The meeting started when they connected via conference call to D.C. A pull-down projector screen on a round table was at the front of the room. Editors pitching stories sat at the table, while those who didn’t sat at the surrounding tables and chairs. The editors went around the table and described the stories they were working on. That morning, top stories were the impending stimulus package approval and employees for Mayor Bloomberg living in luxury.


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Michelle Obama’s Right to Bare Arms

Michelle Obama catches some heat for baring her arms in her official portrait LINK.


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In Defense of Newspapers

Check out this fascinating post from Economic that argues that 

Newspapers have survived three big challenges to their authority: the rise of general interest magazines from the1890s, of radio news from the 1920s, and television news from the 1950s. Each time newspapers got on top of the competition by entering the new businesses themselves, and by extending their coverage of their rivals’ spheres. “

He goes on with compelling arguments that although the “agony in the world of print journalism is very great” if it can adjust to the changing times, it will, as it has before, survive.

I hope he’s right.

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