Category Archives: Student Journalism

Khalil Edney’s Miracle Shot Covered by SUNY Purchase Journalism Student

You may have seen Khalil Edney’s astounding 55-foot buzzer-beating shot in Sunday’s Mt. Vernon v New Rochelle Section 1 Class AA championship game.

But what you may not know is that SUNY Purchase journalism major Jordan Griffith was part of the MSG Varsity team that took the video of that amazing moment and helped it go viral.

SUNY Purchase's Jordan Griffith on camera for MSG Varsity

SUNY Purchase’s Jordan Griffith on camera for MSG Varsity

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“Mike Piazza Reporting for Howard 100 News.”

MikePIazzapicMike Piazza, a SUNY Purchase journalism major, proudly uttered those very words on the air when his radio story about shadowing a reporter on Howard 100 News was put on SiriusXM during one of their news flashes last year.

(In case you’re wondering, that’s Howard, as in, Howard Stern.)

Mike was recently back at the Howard 100 News offices with some of his intern pals and had this picture taken.

Mike made Howard 100 history, becoming the show’s first intern to name himself on air. Here’s the clip: Mike The Shadow Audio

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Latinos React to the Election and SUNY Purchase Journalism Student Covers it

That right there is SUNY Purchase Journalism student, Sheyla Navarro, looking extremely professional in a wonderful piece she did for Larchmont Mamaroneck Community Television LMC-TV on Latino reaction to the presidential election.

I know, the election’s long over at this point, but my pride in her endures. Sheyla, who likes to be called, Shey, hails from Peru, and since she walked into my Journalism 1 class last year, she’s impressed me with her news instincts and determination.

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A SUNY Purchase Fashionista Blogs About Her Closet and Campus Fashion

The outfits! The nails! The hair! The tattoos! SUNY Purchase students have a reputation for their fashion sense. Take a look at this blog, which captures all the creativity that gets paraded around campus each day.

Click on a picture to see the photos up close.

Alina Suriel started this blog using her nom de plume – Alina Angelica – in my Journalism 1 class last semester and she’s worked hard to keep it going. She calls it her “virtual closet” and blogs about her outfits in photo-oriented posts. She also takes her camera out onto the Mall, around campus, and to parties, creating a digital canvas of the groovy Purchase sartorial scene.

She breezed into my office recently, and I persuaded her to answer some questions about her blog, which she was kind enough to do in a subsequent email exchange:

1) When did you start the blog and what was the idea behind it?

I started the blog about 4 months ago in your class. I had been meaning to blog for a while, and so sitting through a whole lesson about blogging was a great kickstart to that. This blog is a virtualization of something I would do when I was younger to keep track of my outfits. I would keep lists of the individual components of the outfit (black cowboy boots, striped blue shirt, etc) on index cards, as a reference if I ever didn’t know what to wear. In my blog when I post about myself  I still list the things I wear as tags which link back to other things I’ve worn with that item.

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Another Field Trip! This Time to CBS with Prof. Mary Alice Williams

Top row left to right: Kelly Baumgarten, Aurora Fowlkes and Sophie Nchomottoh-Edme. Bottom row: Laura Romero, Victoria Hill and Madasyn Czebiniak

Purchase Journalism Professor Mary Alice Williams has been taking her Purchase Journalism Junior Seminar students back to her old CBS haunts so they can get a feel for real-world journalism. These field trips can be life-changing experiences.

This group looks so professional, do they not?

Picture courtesy of Victoria Hill

 

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Win a Trip Abroad With NYTimes Columnist Nick Kristoff

January 22 is the deadline for New York Times Columnist Nick Kristoff’s Win-A-Trip 2012. This year he’s taking a college student on a humanitarian trip that will last up to two weeks. The instructions for how to enter are here. The Center for Global Development sponsors the trip and helps pick the winner. Here’s his video invitation for applications. It’s an amazing opportunity.

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Long Island Journalism Student In Email Tiff With Apple’s Steve Jobs

Check out this ValleyWag story about a frustrated journalism student assigned to write a story about iPads. She emails Steve Jobs to complain about Apple’s PR department. To her surprise she gets an email back from him. Jobs is known for doing this every now and again, which, I have to say, I like about him. Although, in this case, after exchanging emails with the Long Island University student, his reply, according to the ValleyWag story, is: “Please leave us alone.” The moral of the story for journalism students: it’s always worth reaching out for that long-shot interview – you never know, you just might get it. In this case, the student gave in to petulance. Persistence is important in journalism, and it always works best when accompanied by politeness.

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You Tube’s Project Report

Here’s a fantastic opportunity for young video journalists to win $10,000 and a chance to work with the Pulitzer Center LINK.

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Poynter Fellowship for Journalism Students

One of the best training seminars I’ve attended as a journalist was at the Poynter Institute in Florida. I took a four-day intro to multimedia session taught by Al Tompkins, which set me on my way to new beginnings in video journalism.

Now the highly-regarded school for journalists is accepting applications for its 2010 Fellowship for College Journalists. The fellowship is from May 16 to 28, although the deadline for applications is March 1. It’s a very prestigious fellowship and you would make connections there to very smart journalists whose knowledge you can tap into long after the fellowship is over.

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Robert Novak Award Winners Announced

This just in: Two seniors from Colorado State University won the 2009 Robert Novak Collegiate Journalism Award beating 240 college journalists from around the country for a $5,000 prize.  

J. David McSwane and Aaron Hedge exposed the misdeeds of their school’s president, Larry Penley, and former police chief, Dexter Yarbrough, causing their resignations.

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Coach vs Paper

A University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football coach pitched a fit over an unfavorable story in the student newspaper about some members of his team. He banned the student newspaper fromcovering the team. Told them to go cover soccer instead. Then had to back down and appologize. LINK.

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College Paper Makes News for Porn Story

Well, the editors at The Appalacian, student newspaper of Appalachian State University, are learning first hand that sex sells. The first story in their four-part series on pornography was picked up by Gawker (and given a much raunchier treatment than the original story, I might add.) At the time of this posting the story had almost 3000 hits. Not a bad showing for a student paper. Here’s the video that ran alongside the story that was posted on the website.

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College News Site Sued for Posted Comments

Student website editors take note: Here’s an interesting story on the Student Press Law Center website about a former student at Louisiana State University who is suing the college paper, the Daily Reveille, for comments that were posted about him on their website. At the heart of the case is the question of whether newspaper websites are protected from liability for comments readers post on their sites.

Web site operators cannot usually be held liable for anonymous comments on their sites because Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act protects “Internet service providers” from liability for content posted by users. Though courts have widely ruled this protection from liability applies to newspaper Web sites that host comment forums, Esfeller does not believe the Reveille should be considered a liability-free “Internet service provider” since the its editors can choose which comments are posted on the stories.
“As far as I’m concerned the Web site they provide is just an extension of their newspaper,” he said. “It would be the same thing as if they were printing these comments in their newspaper.”

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Don’t Be the April Fool

The Student Press Law Center say one of their busiest days is April 2 – the day after all the April Fools’ Day stories have run in student publications and turned out to be not very funny at all. Here’s a list of tips to avoid getting sued. Humor, they remind us, is not a defense against libel.

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