Note from the Editor
As you may remember, last April marked our 100th year celebration as a department of journalism at NYU. I hope many of you were able to attend the party and reconnect with old friends and faculty. Along with our Honorary Alumni committee, Professors Perri Klass and Mitch Stephens have decided to put the donations and proceeds from ticket sales to use by granting modest summer travel grants to three graduate students each year. Each grant of up to $800 can be used by the student to purchase airline, train or bus tickets or to use on hotel rooms. Currently, we have enough to fund three students per year for the next three years.
I hear regularly from students that they are looking for help to fund their reporting projects and, since advertising the award yesterday, have already received a number of applications. I’ve also heard from a few alumni that you wish this had been around when you were a student. Here’s your chance to help! A donation of as little as $25 or $50 will help continue this worthy cause. Would you consider a donation?
We will be highlighting the students’ summer reporting in an event this fall, and we look forward to seeing what this inaugural year will bring.
All the best and enjoy the sunshine,
On the Trail of Cancer (The New York Times)
A glowing review of Professor Dan Fagin’s new book, Tom’s River: A Story of Science and Salvation, which tells the story of cancer epidemiology in a New Jersey community.
Meera Subramanian (M.A. CRC ‘05) has won a Fulbright Fellowship to write a book of nonfiction stories about India. Meera writes about culture, faith and the environment for national and international publications including Nature, The New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, Smithsonian, Orion and many others, and serves as an editor of Killing the Buddha. She is currently working on a book about environmental issues in India. You can find her at www.meerasub.org.
New Programmer at Film Society Steps Down; Replacement Named (The New York Times)
Dennis Lim (M.A. CRC ’97), who teaches two core courses in CRC and is currently the concentration’s acting director, has been appointed the Director of Cinamatheque Programming at Lincoln Center.
NYU Journalism’s hyperlocal blog, The Local, a partnership with The New York Times that covered the East Village, will now become Bowery + Bedford in collaboration with New York magazine.
At 97, the Oldest Living Brooklyn Dodger Reflects (The New York Times)
Recent grad Louie Lazar (M.A. RNY ‘12) had this piece profiling the oldest Brooklyn Dodger.
Sabine Heinlein (M.A. Magazine ’07) recently released her first narrative nonfiction book, Among Murderers: Life After Prison. To read more of her writings and about the author, check out her blog, sunnysidesoundproject.org. Mark your calendars! Sabine will be speaking at the Journalism Institute on April 22.
New Study: Neuroscience Research Gets an “F” for Reliability (Scientific American)
Gary Stix (B.A. ’90), who covers neuroscience, writes a regular blog for the Scientific American website.
Shaina Moskowitz (B.A. ’06) dabbles in entertainment blogging. Check out her interview with Jaime Foxx and Kerry Washington from the movie Django Unchained.
Eline Gordts (M.A. GloJo ’11), a Belgian who speaks six languages including Arabic, French, English, Hebrew, Dutch and German, has been promoted from associate editor, the position she took immediately after graduation in 2011, to World Editor of the Huffington Post.
New courts, crime reporter to bolster KNE’s coverage (Kentucky New Era)
Recent graduate Billy Mitchell (M.A. Magazine ’12) returns home to cover crime and courts of Clarksville, Kentucky.
Gabby Moses (B.A. ’12) was recently a part of NYU’s First Run Film Festival where her short film won Best Score, Best Ensemble Cast and Best Production.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013: Conversation with Andrew Solomon
6:30 – 8:30 pm, 20 Cooper Square 7th floor
Prof. Robert Boynton and Dr. Perri Klass with talk with Andrew Solomon about his book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity. http://www.farfromthetree.com/
Friday, April 19, 2013: A Screening of “Juche Strong,” A Documentary on North Korea
7:00 – 9:00 pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor
A screening of “Juche Strong,” a documentary on North Korea with a Q&A afterwards.
Saturday, April 20, 2013: Workshop: An Introduction to HTML/CSS
11 am – 5 pm, 20 Cooper Square
HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the foundation language behind any web page. This course will show you how the language works and how to read and write it yourself even if you’ve never created a web page. The essentials of HTML will be covered including hand-coding web pages fromscratch using standard HTML (with an eye towards HTML5), working with images, creating links, understanding the role of CSS (Cascading Stylesheets), formatting fonts, backgrounds and colors with CSS, controlling layout using CSS and what is HTML5? Tips for further study.
David Tristman is the instructor, an interactive developer with over 10 years of professional experience. His clients include The New York Times, HBO, and L’Oreal. David has taught Flash, HTML, and other web design-related topics at Parsons School of Design since early 2000.
Only 20 students in each class! Sign up for April 20th here. 11 AM – 5 PM.
Monday, April 22, 2013: A Conversation with Sabine Heinlein
6:30 – 9:30 pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor
“My podcasts, photographs and stories have appeared in German, American and British publications, among them Die Zeit, The Brooklyn Rail, The Iowa Review, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, City Limits, NYU Magazine, Tablet Magazine, Epiphany, Artinfo and The Idler. I hold a master’s degree in journalism from NYU and a master’s in art history from Hamburg University. I have been awarded NYU’s Sidney Gross Award for Investigative Reporting (2007), a Yaddo residency and fellowship (2009), a NYFA fellowship for nonfiction literature (2009), a Margolis Award for social justice reporting (2011), an American Literary Review Award (2010), a residency at the Blue Mountain Center (2012), a travel fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation (2010) and a MacDowell Colony residency and fellowship (2010). I have spoken at symposiums at the University of Lüneburg and at the New School, and read at the Bowery Poetry Club and at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. I currently teach writing at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx.”
Courtesy of SabineHeinlein.org
Wednesday, April 23, 2013: Spotlight on Careers in Writing and Publishing
6:00 – 8:00 pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor
Interested in exploring a career in book publishing, magazines, digital media, and more? This panel will host a group of literary professionals from this page-turning industry as they share their backgrounds and insights. Learn about publishing trends and gain helpful career tips as you mark the next chapter in your literary career!
Monday. April 29, 2013: NYU Alumni-Student Mentoring Dinner
20 Cooper Square, 7th floor
For the past four years, the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute has sponsored a mentoring program for our undergraduate students. Participation for the students and alumni is completely voluntary. So far, we have been very lucky, having paired close to 200 alumni with our talented students.
We would love to have you become part of our program. If you choose to participate, we ask that you take your commitment seriously and communicate with your mentee on an on-going process — providing counseling, support, job advice, etc. To become part of the program, please complete the registration form and hit “submit.” We use this information to try and create pairings with particular students when possible. The mentor/mentee dinners are also a chance to meet students and create natural matches for future mentor relationships or meet your pre-designated mentee.
We will be hosting our mentor/mentee spring dinner on Monday, April 29, 2013, from 6:30PM to 8:30PM, on the 7th floor of 20 Cooper Square, so please save the date and plan to join us.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013: The Financial Crisis As A Conversion Experience: Did Wall Street Journalists Change Their Views?
7:00 – 9:00 pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor
Please join us for a conversation with James Stewart of The New York Times, Chrystia Freeland of Reuters, Megan McArdle of The Newsbeast, and Jesse Eisenger of Propublica.
Develop unscripted reality series idea for the History Channel
Deadline: June 30, 2013
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The History channel (AETN) is seeking new ideas/characters that could be turned into an unscripted reality series and could lead to a $10,000 fee.
We are looking for fascinating American characters that live and/or work in interesting environments that may not be familiar to our audience. The main characters should be male (History is a male-skewing network) and could be buddies, part of a multi-generational family, competitors, and/or people who work together. It’s critical that their personalities and everyday lives are strong enough to engage a television audience week after week.
Models for success include: Duck Dynasty (A+E), Ax Men (History), Pawn Stars (History), Swamp People (History).
If you find characters that fit the above description, get them on tape (2:00-5:00) and send us a DVD or online link. If your entry leads to a pilot produced by AETN, you will receive $5,000; if the entry leads to a series produced by AETN, you will receive $10,000; and if the entry leads to both a pilot and a series, you will receive a total of $10,000.
Report from Austria for two months!
Deadline: May 6, 2013
International Center for Journalists, Washington, DC
The International Center for Journalists advances quality journalism worldwide. Our hands-on programs combine the best professional practices with new technologies. We believe that responsible journalism empowers citizens and holds governments accountable.
Over the past 28 years, ICFJ has worked with more than 75,000 professional and citizen journalists and media managers from 180 countries. We work with strong local partners and a network of dedicated alumni.
ICFJ does more than train journalists. We launch news organizations, media associations, journalism schools and news products. With a focus on innovation, we have formed networks of citizen journalists who are using new mobile services to engage underserved communities in India, Indonesia and Ghana. We are helping journalists aggregate data for digital maps that they can use to track pollution in the Amazon rainforest. And we have organized the first Africa News Innovation Challenge to solve digital bottlenecks and create new applications for use in newsrooms across the continent.
Program Information: Outstanding media professionals from the United States and Austria are awarded an opportunity to report from and travel in each other’s countries as part of the U.S.-Austrian Journalism Exchange Fellowships. The program offers young print and broadcast journalists from each country the opportunity to share professional expertise with their colleagues across the Atlantic while working as “foreign correspondents” for their hometown news organizations. The program aims to foster greater understanding and knowledge of both countries among future media leaders and their audiences.
The program is administered jointly by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in Washington, D.C., and the Kuratorium für Journalistenausbildung (KfJ) in Salzburg, Austria. The fellowship program is funded by donations from Austrian government and U.S. government agencies, and private-sector corporations and foundations.
Eligibility: The competitive program is open to U.S. and Austrian journalists between the ages of 21 and 38 who are employed by a newspaper, news magazine, broadcast station, or news agency. Freelance journalists may apply also. Applicants must have demonstrated journalistic talent with at least three years of experience, and a strong interest in U.S.-European affairs. Foreign language proficiency is not required, but it is strongly preferred and will be taken into consideration during the selection process.
Program Expenses: Fellows receive adequate living stipends during their six-week long fellowship assignments. The program also pays directly for international and domestic travel expenses, living expenses in the U.S. and Austria, as well as insurance costs and cultural and transportation allowances.
Program Phases: This seven-week program is conducted in three phases. For more information about the phases of the program: http://www.icfj.org/our-work/austria
For any questions about the U.S.-Austria Journalism Exchange Program please contact Emily Schult at email@example.com or call 202-737-3700.
Last week we put on our annual career fair, open to both students and alumni. If you weren’t able to make it to the fair this year, take a look here at what was going on. If you’ve got career questions, you are welcome to reach out to our tireless counselors, Sylvan Solloway and Craigh Barboza who combined, seem to know everyone in the NYC media world.
Multiple Positions at the Associated Press:
Business Reporter, CBN – Shanghai, China
CBN (www.yicai.com) is a business TV news channel with newspaper, magazine, and web outlets, headquartered in Shanghai and belongs to the Shanghai Media Group (SMG), the second largest media agency in China.
We are looking for a journalist who interested in business reporting. Job duties include but are not limited to editing (Final Cut Pro), filming, researching and writing. Chinese language skills are strongly preferred.
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Weier Ge at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “CBNNY Application (Your Name).”
Investing Writer, Money magazine – New York, NY
Money Magazine seeks a writer to cover the investing beat as well as other personal finance topics. The successful candidate will pitch, report and write feature stories and department leads, develop graphics, and help brainstorm multi-platform storytelling concepts. Outstanding research and writing skills are required, along with previous experience covering investing and the financial markets. Candidates should have at least five years’ experience in business and/or service journalism.
Please send resume, cover letter and two relevant clips to Margaret Magnarelli, assistant managing editor, at email@example.com
Reporter, BKLYNR – New York, NY
BKLYNR is an online semimonthly focused on telling stories about the political, economic, and cultural life of Brooklyn. BKLYNR is seeking reporters with long-form reporting experience. Please submit two examples of long-form, reported work as well as a brief explanation of your interest in BKLYNR to Founding Editor Raphael Pope-Sussman (firstname.lastname@example.org).