The Scoop | Alumni Newsletter

April 2009

A Note from the Editor

This is my first letter as head of alumni relations after taking the reins from Nadine Heintz in early March. I’ve been the Assistant to the Director of Administration since November 2007, and am very excited about my new role. In the three years that Nadine was in the position, she implemented a number of great programs including The Scoop, the alumni mentoring program, and regional alumni chapters. I plan on continuing these programs, as well as rolling out new initiatives that help foster a warm alumni community for the Institute.

Professors Jay Rosen, Dean Olsher, and Jason Samuels have teamed up to create a new graduate concentration, Studio 20, one of the two new 2009 graduate fields of study. Studio 20 will focus on experimentation, collaboration, and the creation of projects that live outside the classroom, produced and published for a wider public. Our second new graduate concentration, Literary Reportage, with Prof. Robert Boynton as the Director, was created to nurture students interested in long-form reporting. Students are expected to come to the program with sophisticated thesis ideas upon which to build their three semesters. Global and Joint Program Studies, which Institute Director Brooke Kroeger and Prof. Mohamad Bazzi oversee, adds Africana Studies and Russian Slavic Studies to its complement of joint programs with Journalism. Two others are in the near offing.

Pam Noel, the career services director, has added a NYU Journalism alumna to our staff. Sylvan Solloway (B.A. ’97) comes to NYU with more than ten years experience in television news, online reporting and video production. She has already been a great help to current and former students alike. If you are a recent journalism graduate or are looking for the next step in your career, be sure to check out our event listings. We will be hosting an intensive career workshop on Wednesday, May 20th from 5pm – 8pm. Details will be listed in the May newsletter and alumni are most welcome!

If you have any news to share about recent career moves, personal milestones, or recent bylines, please send an e-mail to panuska@nyu.edu. As always, I’m eager to hear your thoughts about how we can strengthen our alumni community.

–Kate Panuska

Top Stories

Journalism Professor Mitch Stephens named 2009 Shorenstein Fellow (The Harvard Crimson)
Professor Mitchell Stephens has been named one of the four spring fellows by The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University. He is studying the priorities of major news organizations for the semester in Boston.

Why’s a Jewish Woman Running a Black Paper? (The Jewish Daily Forward)
On February 26th, Elinor Tatum (M.A. Newspaper ’97) assumed control of the Amsterdam News, the famed Harlem-based publication. This New York native has been the editor in chief since graduation.

Culture Shock (Washington Monthly)
Conservative reporting and one alum’s ideas on how to revive it. Read up on Conor Friedersdorf’s (M.A. Magazine ’07) manifesto, “Electric Kool-Aid Conservatism,” and his ideas on shaping the future of conservative journalism. Follow our spotlight on Conor.

Alumni in the News

The Multi-Talented Brooklyn-Born Rabbi (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
Since studying journalism at NYU, Rabbi Jerry Cutler has had a multi-faceted career. His jobs have included comedy, reporting, rabbinical studies, producing Broadway shows, writing for sitcoms, and most recently movie reviews.

Robert Licata, award-winning LI journalist, dies at 50 (newsday.com)
Licata, who studied journalism at NYU, went on to become a producer of Cablevision’s news shows on News12 Long Island and an assistant professor of journalism at Hofstra University.

The Dying Art of the Crime Blotter (NYTimes.com)
Ben Meussig (B.A. ’08) is honing his writing skills and learning which neighborhoods to avoid in his first reporting job at the weekly publication The Brooklyn Paper.

Dan Peres: Details is Doing Fine; ‘I Wouldn’t Say Robust, But We’re Healthy’ (The New York Observer)
Dan Peres (B.A. ’93), editor of Details magazine, defends the worth of j-school tuition and describes his rise to editor in chief at age 28.

Personal Milestones

Just Engaged!
Karen Barrow (M.A. Biomedical ’05), a producer with The New York Times, and Leron Thumim, a J.D. candidate with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, have announced their plans to marry in August.

Jobs of the Month

Associate Business Editor at Huffingtonpost.com, NYC
The Huffington Post seeks a recent graduate with experience in journalism and business to help post stories on the web, keep abreast of breaking news, publish five new videos daily, and post at least two new slide shows or graphs daily. The ideal candidate will have a solid grasp of economy and business news, be comfortable with web and design software, and have at least two to three years experience at a business publication. Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter, addressed to Julie Satow, to businesseditor@huffingtonpost.com.


Senior Producer – Living Unit, NY1 News, New York, NY

NY1 News is searching for a senior producer for its Living Unit, which covers areas such as: Arts, Cooking, Entertainment, Health, Travel, Reviews, and Employment. This person will oversee all aspects of news gathering and production of stories as well as monitoring and managing the staff of the unit. The individual will have a minimum of four years news experience and preferably at least two years as a producer. To apply, follow this link: www.timewarnercable.com/careers, and reference requisition #111586BR

Copy Editor, Financial Segments – Dow Jones APAC Newswire, Asia-Pacific region

Dow Jones Newswires is looking for a Copy Editor to join its NewsPlus team, which compiles the Web-based front page for Dow Jones Newswires. The successful candidate will join a group of Web editors who choose the best breaking news and analysis stories from across Dow Jones and present them in summary form for busy traders and financial advisors. This copy editor will work on various specialty NewsPlus pages, each targeting different customer groups, and will be integral in making the pages relevant, timely and indispensable to those customers. The editor will work with text, video, audio and graphics. Candidates must have sharp news judgment and the ability to make decisions quickly and with minimal supervision. Previous Web, audio, video and graphic design skills, as well as any experience editing business or finance content is preferred. To apply, please visit www.dowjones.com/careers and search for job ID 250560. (Only short-listed candidates will be notified)

Senior Copy Editor, Financial Segments – Dow Jones APAC Newswire, Asia-Pacific region
Dow Jones Newswires is looking for a Senior Copy Editor to join its NewsPlus team, which compiles the Web-based front page for Dow Jones Newswires. The successful candidate will join a group of Web editors around the globe who choose the best breaking news and analysis stories from across Dow Jones and present them in summary form for busy traders and financial advisors. The Senior Copy Editor will work on various specialty NewsPlus pages, each targeting different customer groups, and will be integral in making the pages relevant, timely and indispensable to those customers. He /She will work with text, video, audio and graphics. The Senior Copy Editor will be required to liaise closely with editors in Europe and the US and supervise another locally-based copy editor as part of a two-person team. Candidates must have sharp news judgment and the ability to make decisions quickly with minimal supervision. Previous Web, audio, video and graphic design skills is preferred, while experience editing business or finance content is required. This position also requires management and strong communication skills.
To apply, please visit www.dowjones.com/careers and search for job ID 250561. (Only short-listed candidates will be notified)

U.S. Leadership Institute for Women Journalists, International Women’s Media Foundation
Funding from the McCormick Foundation is enabling the IWMF to offer the following summer program at NO COST this year. Additionally, 10 minority participants will be eligible to receive a $500.00 stipend to cover their travel expenses. Participants will be become members of the IWMF network free of charge for one year.

This year’s institute will convene 20 mid-to upper-level female journalists for on-the-ground leadership training July 20-22 in Chicago. During these three days, participants will:

• Take part in highly interactive skills-building sessions on issues crucial to effective leadership, including “What Is Leadership,” “Who Am I As A Leader,” “Leading Change,” “Leading in the Newsroom,” and “Critical Conversation: Advocacy/Managing Up.”
• Participate in small “mastermind groups” on topics participants have expressed an interest in within written questionnaires and essays submitted prior to the on-site.
• Develop a personalized action plan for future career goals.
• Network with colleagues from across the country.

We expect this year’s participants to be mid- to senior-level female newsroom journalists, including Managing Editors, Deputy Managing Editors, Program Directors, News Directors, Editors, and Editorial Page Writers/Columnists.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY MAY 1ST. Please click on https://www.iwmf.org/leadershipapplication.aspx to apply.

For more job listings, visit the Career Services section of the Institute’s website.

Alumni Bylines

Mayborn Literary Non-Fiction Writer’s Conference
Current staff writer at the SF Weekly, Ashley Harrell (M.A. Magazine ’06), was recently asked to speak at the Mayborn Literary Non-Fiction Writer’s Conference.

‘We’re Always on the Brink’ : U.S. Auto Workers touchy about media coverage of industry bailout (Fast Forward Weekly)
The auto industry bailout and worker’s opinions of its coverage are reported by journalism alum Richard Vanderford (M.A. Magazine ’09).

Visit the Alumni section of Byline on the Institute’s website to read more stories by graduates

Career Moves

Shanghaiist.com
After writing extensively for the weblog, Elaine Chow (B.A. ‘06) is now the new editor of the website Shanghaiist. She is also a contributing editor at Gizmodo, a website dedicated to popular technology and consumer electronics.

Washingtonian.com
Sophie Gilbert (M.A. Magazine ’09) is the website’s new Editorial Intern for Spring 2009.

County Counsel of Humboldt County

This alumna has worked for the County Counsel’s Office for 17 years and, after a year as the interim county counsel, Wendy Chaitin (B.A. ’75) has been appointed County Counsel.

Have you landed a new job recently? To appear in the next edition of Scoop, e-mail your news, including your major and graduation year, to panuska@nyu.edu .

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 16th, 7 – 9pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor
Virginia Quarterly Review “The End of Ice”
Please join the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute’s Lawrence Weschler and Ted Conover, New Yorker writer William Finnegan, editor Ted Genoways, and recent Master’s graduates Carolyn Kormann and Matthew Fishbane for a presentation on The Virginia Quarterly Review, and a celebration of the new spring issue.

Monday, April 20th, 6 – 9pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor
SHERP hosts Jonah Lehrer
Editor at Large for Seed Magazine and the author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist, Jonah Lehrer will be speaking to students on reporting about science. His work has been seen in The New Yorker, Nature, Wired, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe.

Click here for more information on upcoming NYU Journalism events.