The Scoop | Alumni Newsletter

December 2009

A Note From the Editor

Dear alumni,

Happy Holidays! ‘Tis the season of giving and we hope that you think of us while making your end of the year donations.

The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute is launching a $20,000 fundraising campaign for the spring semester. Our goal is to raise enough support to be able to help students cover the costs associated with holding internships. Through the course of their education, students are expected to complete several unpaid internships which are central to helping graduates secure positions in the tight job market. Since most employers require students to receive credit, interns are essentially paying tuition dollars and working for free. This situation can place a significant financial burden on those who must balance part-time employment with their internship experience or forgo the needed internship experience altogether.

Please consider making a gift that will help students as they gain invaluable hands-on experience in the competitive, ever-evolving world of journalism.

Your gift of:

• $27 pays for transportation for one week to an internship site
• $89 pays for transportation for one month
• $500 covers one month’s food costs
• $1,500 covers internship tuition and fees
• $3,000 covers internship tuition, fees, and food costs

Gifts at all levels are vital to the success of any campaign, as explained recently in The New York Times article, New Fame for the Everyday Donor. A donation of $500 or greater will also name a seat in the Institute’s TV Studio.

Please donate online by clicking here or mail a check made out to NYU to:
Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
c/o Kate Panuska, Institute Relations Specialist
20 Cooper Square, 6th floor
New York, NY 10003

Thank you for helping NYU continue to provide a first-rate educational experience.

Enjoy the season!

Top Stories


Take a look at the stills available from last month’s two Primary Sources events, Nora Ephron and Pete Hamill and James McBride and Spike Lee, taken by Zoran Milich. The conversation between Professors Jay Rosen and Clay Shirky is pictured here. The full video chapters will be available on our website, www.primarysources.com, by the end of January.

University-Based Reporting Could Keep Journalism Alive (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Michael Schudson, of Columbia’s Journalism School, writes about the cross-learning opportunities between students and faculty in university settings – and how it reflects the openness of the business.

New Program Offers Bloggers Free Legal Help
(Online Media Daily)
A resource for small news sites and bloggers that offers free legal help, “one of the final barriers to participation,” says Professor Jay Rosen.

Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize (History of Science Society)
Charles Seife’s book, Sun in a Bottle, recently won the Davis Award of the History of Science Society, given to books in the history of science directed to a wide public.

With the close of a decade, Top 10 lists abound. Two of our professors have garnered respectful mentions. Suketu Mehta’s Maximum City was named as on of the Times [UK] best 100 books of the decade, while Michel Norman’s Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath was one of Amazon’s best 100 books of the year and 10 best history books of the year.

Apres Gourmet: Food Magazines Find Their Niches (The LA Times)
Professor Robert Boynton, Director of the Literary Reportage grad program, comments on the folding of Gourmet magazine.

A Cloud Still Hangs Over Bhopal (The New York Times)
Professor Suketu Mehta ruminates on the 25th anniversary of the poisonous gas spill in Bhopal by Union Carbide. Dow Jones, which acquired Union Carbide, refuses any responsibility or action.

A Rousing Celebration for a Curmudgeonly Columnist (The New York Times)
NYU’s Ireland House, co-sponsored by The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, hosted an event honoring Jimmy Breslin this past Monday. Distinguished Writer in Residence, Pete Hamill, was the master of ceremonies and participants included; Dan Barry, Gail Collins, Jim Dwyer, Sam Roberts, and Mary Ann Giordano, of The New York Times, Mike O’Neill and Mike Lupica, of The New York Daily News, and Carl Hiassen of The Miami Herald, as well as a surprise visit from Tony Bennett.

Alumni Bylines

World’s Richest People: Asia Poised to Pass U.S.(time.com)
Just one of the many articles that Adam Rose (M.A. Magazine ‘08) has been writing weekly for time.com.

Shaina Moskowitz (B.A. ’09) has a side venture that she’s working on as a personal project, interviewing celebrities. You can see the archive here.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 15th, 6:30 – 8:00pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor library
East Village Hyperlocal Reporting Project
On Tuesday, December 15th at 6:30 pm we are holding a brainstorming session on an upcoming East Village hyper-local reporting project. We are hoping alumni can serve as a sounding board and source of ideas at this early stage, and perhaps share connections and contacts as we try to put together the coalition of people that it takes to do something like this well. When the site is up and running alumni can of course contribute journalism—reporting, writing, blogging, video. Mostly we want to share our plans, get feedback, and enlist those who want to help. We encourage all alumni currently living in the East Village to participate, and those who have lived there in the past are also welcome.
Please send an RSVP to: panuska@nyu.edu if you will attend.

Click here for more information on upcoming NYU Journalism events.

Career Moves

Resume Referral Service
Graduating students and alumni seeking full-time positions and current students seeking internships are encouraged to participate in the Resume Referral Service. Resumes submitted to The Wasserman Center will be forwarded to employers with immediate employment opportunities. The Resume Referral Services is an additional way for students and alumni to supplement their job search and generate leads.

Resumes are kept on file for one month in order to be faxed to an employer in the event an appropriate position comes to our attention.
Periodically, as job listings are received, they are matched with applicants’ resumes. Employers will contact individuals directly if they are determined to be an appropriate candidate for the position.

If you would like to submit your resume for full-time fax referral opportunities, please follow the instructions below:

*Stop by The Wasserman Center with one hard copy resume per category (see list below).
*In pencil, write the date of submission and category name on the back of each resume.
*Remember to re-submit your resume each month so that we can ensure you are still actively searching for a job.
*You may submit your resume to the following categories:

  • Accounting
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Communications, Journalism, Publishing
  • Computer Science, Information Systems, Actuary, Math
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Finance, Hedge Funds
  • Hospitality
  • Health, Science
  • Human Resources
  • Human & Social Services
  • Investment Banking
  • Languages/international
  • Law
  • Marketing, Advertising, PR
  • Non-profit Administration, Public Policy, Government
  • Real Estate

The Wasserman Center for Career Development
133 East 13th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003
212.998.4730 – P
212.995.3827 – F
www.nyu.edu/careerdevelopment

Jobs of the Month

Reporter I, Sustainability – American Public Media, Sustainability and Global Climate Change Initiative, Los Angeles, CA (preferred)
This is a grant-funded position, running until June 30, 2010.

American Public Media’s Sustainability and Global Climate Change Initiative works with shows across the APM national programming portfolio to create innovative, agenda-setting journalism around issues of sustainability and global climate change. The Initiative’s Reporter will serve as the backbone of a new innovation team specifically geared to create new editorial projects for radio and online audiences. The Reporter, Sustainability produces daily and weekly features for radio and online utilizing print, radio, film and web skill sets.
To apply, email a resume and cover letter to careers@americanpublicmedia.org.

Indicate position #143-10, Reporter I, Sustainability.

Position Responsibility:
• In close coordination with editorial director, develop various editorial projects on climate change and sustainability including details on project implementation.
• Create daily and weekly sustainability features in a variety of media, including online, radio, video and photography.
• Assist in the development of a unique sustainability web site (page layout, concept and design).
• Bring ideas to editorial director and keep him apprised of projects in production.
• Collaborate with editors, show producers, new media staff and public insight journalism analysts to share content on a variety of APM platforms.
• Develop/expand on knowledge of sustainability and serve as a resource/expert for people and institutions on climate change and sustainability.
• Read widely and stay well-informed about climate change and sustainability.
• Produce or assist in producing special programming, as assigned.
• Assemble, edit and mix stories for air and/or online.
• Work as needed with editorial teams from American Radio Works, Speaking of Faith and Marketplace to execute major special programming projects.
• Assist in all aspects of specials such as host copy, custom promos, recording sessions, final production, QC and distribution.
• Support other APM programs and special programming as needed.
• Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:
BA degree or equivalent
• Three or more years of applicable experience with a keen interest in climate change and sustainability.
• Demonstrated experience in news gathering, editing and writing.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
• High degree of comfort with and understanding of multimedia technologies, including digital video, audio and photography.
• Digital audio editing knowledge and skill; experience with multimedia software, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, and Protools.

Preferred Skills and Experience:
• Some reporting experience at a national level preferred.
• Digital audio field recording and editing.
• Understanding and ability to apply Web design and usability principles
• Experience with content management systems – WordPress in particular
• Proficiency with hand-coded HTML and related mark-up and scripting tools
• Knowledge of Lexis-Nexis
• Experience using ENPS or equivalent
• Experience/knowledge of online journalism desirable

Assistant Editor – StyleList.com
Seeking an editor who can work 25-35 regular hours a week, from home, on contract, to be the assistant news editor for StyleList.com.
This is a GREAT job for someone who knows how to cover news, is mildly technical or print-based, and wants to learn her/his way around the online world.

The person will:
* Write blog postings
* Select and size photos
* Build photo galleries
* Line and copy edit
* Optimize copy for SEO
* Add links
* Build quizzes and polls
* Take on assigning responsibilities in the future.

Obviously, the candidate needs to like fashion and celebs. But the main qualification is knowing how to write and edit news quickly and well.
Email diane.davis@corp.aol.com
Diane Davis
Director, StyleList & ShelterPop
O: 917-606-4877 M:917-842-9767

Assistant or Associate Professor in Information Graphics and Data Visualization – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Proposed start date: July 1st, 2010

Position summary
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is searching for an outstanding assistant or associate professor specializing in information graphics and data visualization. The successful applicant will teach courses in information graphics and visualization, which includes cartography and statistical representation, 3D design, animated graphic storytelling and other appropriate courses over time. All of the school’s graphic design courses are taught in our state-of-the-art Macintosh labs. The successful candidate will teach a 2/2 course load and perform other customary duties of a faculty member in the school’s research tenure track: research, advising, service and teaching/advising students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Education requirements
A Ph.D in journalism/mass communications or a relevant related field is required. ABD will be considered with a firm anticipated completion date.

Experience and qualifications
- Preferred 7 years of full-time professional experience as an informational graphic artist/specialist.
- Entrepreneurial and/or freelance work experience.
- An outstanding, international award-winning professional portfolio that includes print and online journalistic work.
- Proficiency in appropriate software including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and a 3D software program such as Maya or Lightwave. Working knowledge of Flash and Dreamweaver. Proficiency in programming languages such as ActionScript and R.
- A well-defined research agenda that addresses pertinent issues in information visualization and new technologies.
- Ability to be an outstanding teacher.

Special instructions
Go to http://jobs.unc.edu/1002162 to apply. Please submit a letter, vitae, names and contact information of at least three references and a link to online portfolio materials. Supporting documents including course syllabi and other materials will be helpful in selecting finalists and should be submitted as electronic attachments to the application when possible. Any other materials may be mailed to: Jo Bass / Assistant to the Dean / School of Journalism and Mass Communication / UNC-Chapel Hill / Campus Box 3365 / Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3365.

News Researcher – NY1 News, New York, NY
TO APPLY: www.timewarnercable.com/careers, Requisition # 116558BR

Summary
Responsible for assisting Assignment Editor in researching, verifying and bringing news stories on air. Strong researching and communication skills and ability to multi-task a must.

Duties and Responsibilities
News Research
• Researches story data, summarizes and enters data into PC.
• Maintains PC data files and keeps them up to date as new information develops.
• Is available to staff on an as needed basis to provide research information.
• Keeps up to date on current events through various sources, such as media, newspapers, radio, etc.
• Confirms news stories by researching and calling sources, interviewing and verifying information.
• Listens to fire, police, EMS scanners, and is able to interpret codes and notify desk of breaking news.
• Provides up-to-date information to Assignment Desk on breaking stories or other story information in data bank.

Staff Support
• Assists Assignment Editor by researching new information, keeping editor up to date with new developments, confirming stories and updating records.
• Assists reporters by setting up and scheduling interviews and providing details of interview including directions to interview location.
• Assists producers and writers by keeping them up to date on developing stories and changing information.
• Answers phone lines, screens calls and identifies potential stories.

Education / experience
Education: Bachelor’s Degree Required.
Experience: At least 1 year of experience working on an Assignment Desk.

Reporter II/Senior Reporter, Education – Marketplace; Los Angeles, CA or St. Paul, MN
To apply, email a resume and cover letter to careers@americanpublicmedia.org.
Indicate position #144-10, Education Reporter.

Position Summary:
Marketplace’s education reporter produces features and daily spots for all Marketplace shows and platforms guided by these questions: What kinds of education are needed for people, communities and nations to thrive in the 21st century? How effective is post-secondary education? What factors promote or restrict access to post-secondary education?

Position Responsibility:
• Develop education beat, emphasizing post-secondary education, and establish priorities and goals.
• Pitch and report ideas for daily spots and features on the subject of education.
• Deliver substantive reports quickly on varied subjects. Reporter should expect to spend 60 percent of time on education, the rest on general assignments on varied subjects as shows need.
• Ready to train to deliver live reports and host 2-ways.
• Consistently deliver stories with Marketplace’s writing style and pace.
• Develop ideas/proposals for reports and programs, both by the reporter and by other reporters, hosts and commentators.
• Provide breaking-news spots and live two-ways to the Morning Report as part of a rotation of reporters.
• Gather information and audio for reports and programs.
• Serve as lead on special projects/series.
• Produce or assist in producing special programming, as assigned.
• Operate production and studio equipment and facilities.
• Assist other reporters, producers and editors with information.
• Maintain a wide variety of sources; expand involvement of Public Insight Network, including meetings and other events
• Produce for website with writing and photography (supplying additional audio, visual material, related Web resources)
• May oversee the work of interns
• Other duties as assigned

Required Education and Experience:
BA degree or equivalent experience
• Five or more years reporting or similar experience. Some experience filing at a national level.
• For Senior Reporter, seven or more years reporting or similar experience. Most experience should be at a national level.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
• Able to consistently deliver stories with program writing style and pace.
• Developing signature sound of voice and writing.
• Ability to work simultaneously on short and long term projects.
• Ability to guide the work of an intern.
• Depth of knowledge and experience within a specialization are important but breath in terms of general industry knowledge is required.
• Handle complex topic areas.
• Pitch original ideas and turn them into stories.
• Superlative oral and written skills with ability to deliver originality in writing
• Capacity to deliver quick turn-around reporting
• Ability to develop stories with multiple interviews, scene changes and strong knowledge of subject matter.
• Finds unexpected angles in stories, even in saturated topics.
• Ability to handle broad variety of complex assignments.
• Ability to delivered top-quality stories on education.
• Able to set fresh directions in stories – think outside the box
• Knowledge of various process approaches and necessary resources for a given project/assignment
• Demonstrated reporting and production skills
• Ability to maintain high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of balance and fairness
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Skill in creative use of sound, writing and story telling
• Ability to develop mastery of all recording and production equipment and techniques
• Able to manage multiple assignments of short and long duration

Preferred Skills and Experience:
• Wide and deep knowledge of post-secondary education, developed source network.
• Able to tackle very difficult projects and assignments.

Intern, New Media – 89.3 KPCC, Los Angeles, CA

To apply, email a resume and cover letter to careers@americanpublicmedia.org.
Indicate position #509-10, Intern, New Media.

Position Summary:
The editors and producers at 89.3 KPCC, L.A. most popular public radio news station, are looking for two interns to help them develop KPCC.ORG into one of the premier websites for news and information in Los Angeles. The Intern will work closely with the Managing Online Editor, digital media staff, talk show producers, reporters, and radio hosts in developing, writing and producing online content and online story packages, including text, slideshows, and video. The Intern will assist with online campaign and events management. Evening and weekend hours are required. This is a paid internship.

Position Responsibility:
• Post breaking news to the Web site
• Write headlines and teases
• Rewrite and enhance stories for Web presentation
• Shoot video
• Post video content
• Monitor the site and maintaining quality control
• Assist with online events publication
• Assist with banner publication
• Other tasks as assigned

Required Education and Experience:
• Current enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or who have graduated within 12 months from the start of the internship.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
• Demonstrated web production skills, including HTML, and Adobe Photoshop.
• Excellent language skills including writing, proof reading; fluent computer skills with the knowledge of basic Internet and computer standards, directory structures, and common applications such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.
• Ability to work efficiently with limited direct supervision.
• Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues in multiple departments/divisions.
• Passion for digital media storytelling.
• Ability to work with changing deadlines and in fast paced environment.
• Energetic and motivated to serve online audiences.
• Adept at working with a wide range of software tools.
• Ability to handle tight deadlines and quick turnaround.
• Flexibility, ability to respond to changing priorities.

Preferred Skills and Experience:
• Strong reporting, writing and editing skills
• Experience shooting still photos and video and editing multimedia
• Interest in social networking, content aggregation, and “what’s-new” in online media.

Compensation/Schedule:
Internships are part-time (15-20 hours/week) and last from 4 months to 1 year (maximum). We will accept applications all year round. Interns will be compensated on an hourly basis. Public transportation or parking reimbursement is also available. College students are encouraged to take the internship for course credit. Our offices are located in downtown Los Angeles. More information about Southern California Public Radio is available online: www.kpcc.org.

Writer (Bilingual – Spanish/English) Part Time – NY1 Noticias, New York, NY
TO APPLY: www.timewarnercable.com/careers, Requisition # 116360BR

Summary:
Prepares, writes and copy edits assigned stories into scripts and edits audio and video to be presented on the air. Updates copy and audio/video as story changes. Works with reporters, producers, assignment desk to produce factual, clear, interesting news stories that the viewing public can understand. Writes scripts and edits audio/video in a timely fashion. Must be bilingual (Spanish/English).

Duties & Responsibilities:
Preparation
• Reads local newspapers and watches other local TV stations to keep in touch with NY news.
• Prepares news stories based on information provided by the assignment desk, wire service, newspapers, press releases, NY1 Archives and video tape shot in the field.
• Adds video, sound and graphics.
Writing
• Writes clear, simple scripts for anchors to read.
• Copy edits scripts correcting for accuracy, factual content, pronunciation, grammar and spelling.
• Updates scripts as news changes.
• Provides scripts in a timely fashion.
• Suggests ways to improve the process.
Audio/Video Editing
• Logs incoming video and audio for use in news wheel.
• Edits video for anchor voice-overs and sound on tapes using current and future technology.
• Works with reporters to prepare voice over material and sound for their live field reports.
Equipment Setup
• Checks all equipment.
• Reads scopes and audio levels.
• Sets machines to required levels.
Quality Control
• Makes certain all video and sound meet quality standards.
Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education / Experience:
• College degree
• Degree in Journalism, Communication or English preferred
• Must be bilingual (Spanish/English)
Experience:
• 1-2 years newsroom experience: internship, field work, or freelance.
• Video Production experience.
• Experience writing copy, editing, shooting, collecting elements and putting packages together.
• Experience researching, creating news stories and making basic editorial decisions on what is a newsworthy story.

Associate Producer – NY1 News, New York, NY
TO APPLY: www.timewarnercable.com/careers, Requisition # 116349BR

Summary
Provides quality, comprehensive news and feature stories to our viewers. Oversees all aspects of news-gathering and production of stories. Interacts with writers, reporters, technical staff and all other production staff who are directly responsible for taking each story from its concept to the air. Makes certain that we provide a balanced, accurate, objective picture of all news entertainment, and current events.

Duties & Responsibilities
News Coverage
•Uses news judgment to decide what stories to cover and how to present them.
•Insures that all necessary elements on packages and live shots are delivered in a timely fashion.
•Evaluates resources needed for adequate coverage.
Editorial
•Conceives stories to add to our programming.
•Writes and edits stories, teases, scripts, etc.
•Copy edits vos and vosots, reads scripts and reviews the final edited version of taped stories.
•Keeps informed on current issues by reading newspapers, wires, today’s queue, monitoring wheel and reviewing packages.
•Edits VOS, SOT and packages.
•Reviews content of stories and check for errors of fact, technical errors, creative content, miscues, editorial mistakes and all elements needed to deliver quality programming.
•Coordinates live shots.
•Line produces newscasts.
•Responsible for managing equipment.
Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education / Experience
Bachelor’s Degree required. Two years experience in an editorial newsroom position.

Associate Producer Politics – NY1 News, New York, NY
TO APPLY: www.timewarnercable.com/careers, Requisition # 116455BR

Summary
Works with NY1’s Political Director and Senior Producer to produce one hour nightly local political news show Inside City Hall. Books guests, writes scripts, cuts and catalogues video for show and for political stories for all NY1 newscasts. Helps reporters find elements for packages, live shots, and on-sets. Interacts with writers, reporters, technical staff and all other production staff who are directly responsible for taking each story from its concept to air. Makes certain that we provide balanced, accurate, objective stories.

Duties & Responsibilities
News Coverage
Maintains relevant contacts for newsgathering.
•Uses news judgment to decide what stories to cover and how to present them.
•Reports shoots & edits video stories and packages for air.
•Insures that all necessary elements on packages and live shots are delivered in a timely fashion.
•Evaluates resources needed for adequate coverage.
Editorial
•Conceives stories to add to our programming.
•Writes and edits stories, teases, scripts, etc.
•Copy edits vos and vosots, reads scripts and reviews the final edited version of taped stories.
•Keeps informed on current issues by reading newspapers, wires, today’s queue, monitoring wheel and reviewing packages.
•Edits VOS, SOT and packages.
•Reviews content of stories and check for errors of fact, technical errors, creative content, miscues, editorial mistakes and all elements needed to deliver quality programming.
•Coordinates live shots
•Line produces newscasts
•Responsible for managing equipment
Other duties as assigned.

Education / Experience
Bachelor’s Degree required. Two years experience in an editorial newsroom position.

Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Producer – Capital News 9, Albany, NY

Duties • Creates accurately timed newscasts that meet format requirements within established deadlines.
• Produces assigned newscasts and news inserts making decisions on story lineup, video/audio, graphics, and timing to construct the show.
• Writes stories for anchors as required. Stories should be written in a clear and concise conversational manner.
• Coordinates with graphic artists in developing the graphics for the show.
• Performs editing functions or fill in as Executive Producer as required.
• Produces and writes special reports as directed by Executive Producers, Managing Editor or News Director.
• Works with Associate Producers to create the newscast product.
• Responsible for accuracy of facts in the on-air product.
• Maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner that works well with co-workers, supervisors and customers.
• This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive, and employee may also perform other reasonable related business duties as assigned by the supervisor and other management as required.

Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education / Experience
• College degree preferred with minimum two years experience.
• Good oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, leadership skills, news judgment, computer skills, ability to make decisions and work under pressure.
• Ability to shoot and edit videotape preferred.
• Operate various office machines including computer and office software.
• Thorough knowledge of operation and office policies and procedures. Must have ability to handle various tasks simultaneously, organize, prioritize, make decisions and work efficiently and effectively under deadlines.

For more job listings, visit the Career Services section of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute website.