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December 2007

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Steiger on Pro Publica at 20 Cooper Reception (
NYU Journalism recently celebrated its new space at 20 Cooper Square with more than 200 guests, including Pro Publica editor-in-chief Paul Steiger, who described his new venture as “an independent newsroom staffed at levels unprecedented for a nonprofit journalism organization. Video coverage of the talk is available.

NYU Journalism: The Movie (NYU Journalism)
If you haven’t had a chance to stop by the department’s new headquarters, check out this video produced and directed by Rebekah Dryden, a graduate student in the News and Documentary Program.

Alumni in the News

Snitching on Snitches (
Snitch, a new book by Ethan Brown provides insight into the secret history of the Stop Snitching movement and an ailing U.S. criminal justice system.

Second Time Around (PriceWaterhouse Coopers)
For the second year in a row, Divina Paredes (‘90), editor of CIO New Zealand magazine, received the Fronde Journalist Award at the PricewaterhouseCoopers New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards in Wellington.

Maltin Wins Journalism Award (AHN)
Film critic Leonard Maltin received the 2007 Journalism Award from the Caucus of Television Producers, Writers and Directors at its annual dinner in Beverly Hills in November.

Book Deal: Days of Honey
(Publishers Weekly)
Annia Ciezadlo (‘99) landed a publisher for her debut memoir, Days of Honey, which chronicles three years of cooking in war-torn Baghdad and Beirut. The book is slated to hit stores in September 2009.

Nuptials: Anne Marie Squeo, Philip Maggi (New York Times)
Anne Marie Squeo (‘93) married Philip James Maggi in Washington, D.C., in November. Squeo, a graduate of the magazine program, is the director of public relations at the Raytheon Company.

Jobs of the Month

Associate Blog Editor, The Huffington Post, New York City, a fast-growing news and blog-opinion site, has an immediate opening for an associate blog editor. Primary responsibilities include editing copy and evaluating blog submissions; posting content; news/political research; fact checking; communication with blog contributors regarding their submissions and editorial, technical questions; recruiting new contributors across different areas of the site; management and distribution of Daily Brief email to subscriber list. The ideal candidate will be web savvy, extremely detail-oriented, energetic and have a passion for politics and media news, and a familiarity with blogs. Experience with Movable Type, Photoshop, basic HTML and Nexis, strongly preferred. Online editorial experience a plus. Send resume and brief statement of interest to Att: Colin Sterling, blog editor.

Freelance Copy Editor, New York Times Syndicate, New York City
The New York Times Syndicate issues columns, features, magazines and book excerpts to more than 2,000 newspapers and other media in 80 countries. Our star columnists include Salman Rushdie, Noam Chomsky and Jack and Suzy Welch. We also work with numerous magazines, including Harvard Business Review, The Economist and Prospect. We’re looking for someone with strong editing skills to work as a copy editor on a freelance basis. Assignments will include editing copy for the newswire. Previous experience at a daily newspaper is preferred but not necessary. The ideal candidate will be team-oriented and will have a keen news sense and a thorough understanding of AP Style and grammar. Please submit a cover letter and resume asap to Patti Sonntag, senior editor, at

Print and Online Designer, Miami Herald, Miami
The Miami Herald is looking for confident, energetic, creative designers to join our newly created Multimedia Presentation Desk. What is a Multimedia Presentation Desk, you may be asking? Our MPD is responsible for the presentation of all Miami Herald products, primarily our newspaper but more and more our online operation, too. The ideal candidates have demonstrated first-rate page design ability with an ability to do some graphic thinking or illustration conceptions, plus have an interest in moving their work to the online world and exploring the infinite opportunities there. Qualifications: Strong communicator and collaborator, at least five years of experience designing pages a daily newspaper or magazine, must have strong technical skills including good knowledge of design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark or InDesign. Web software knowledge and interest is a huge plus. If you are interested, send a resume, cover letter and PDF clips to You can also snail-mail your portfolio clips to Eddie Alvarez, Multimedia Presentation Editor, The Miami Herald, One Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla. 33132-1693.

Sports Copy Editor, Herald News, Passaic County, New Jersey
The Herald News, a small daily located 15 miles from Times Square in gritty, newsy Passaic County, New Jersey, has an opening for a full-time sports copy editor.We prefer candidates with at least a year of daily sports copy editing and design experience. Quark Xpress experience is a must and several years of daily newspaper reporting experience is preferred. The job involves night and weekend hours. Those interested in applying should send a cover letter, resume and your five best work samples to Jeff Roberts, Sports Editor, Herald News, 1 Garret Mountain Plaza, P.O. Box 471, West Paterson, NJ, 07424. If you have questions, email

Mortgage Bond Market Reporter, Dow Jones Newswires, Jersey City, New Jersey
Dow Jones Newswires is looking for an energetic and enterprising reporter for its real-time coverage of the mortgage bond market, which has been at the heart of the current subprime crisis. The position would primarily focus on mortgage bonds that guaranteed by quasi-government agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie, but would also involve reporting on riskier bonds created by leading Wall Street banks. This position is integral to our ongoing subprime/credit crisis coverage and requires a self-motivated reporter who can dig into complex transactions to tell a story that has ramifications for global financial markets. Experience covering financial news is required, and covering mortgage-specific developments is a plus. Interested candidates should send their resumes and their three best clips to news editor Agnes Crane at

For more job listings, visit the Career Services section of the Department of Journalism website.

Jobs at NYU Journalism

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism, New York University

The Department of Journalism at New York University invites applications for a three-year appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor starting May 1, 2008, pending budgetary and administrative approval.The Department seeks an accomplished, innovative journalist or educator with significant professional and/or academic background. Teaching experience is desirable; reporting experience on the African continent, a plus. An MA or Ph.D. is helpful but not required. This 12-month position involves two courses of entry level or basic skills teaching in the fall and spring terms as well as the preparation and on-site academic directorship of the department’s six-week summer “Reporting Africa” program, based in Accra, Ghana. Responsibilities include recruitment and administration during the academic term.

Send cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae and two samples of your work (links or attachments preferred) no later than January 15, 2008, preferably by email (subject line: 08 Clinical), to or to Andrea Rosenberg, NYU Department of Journalism, 20 Cooper Square, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with interviews taking place from January 16 to February 1, 2008; a decision will be made shortly thereafter.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Crocodile Hunting at JFK (Brooklyn Rail)
Sabine Heinlein (‘06) searches for a crocodile rumored to live at JFK Airport and meets some interesting characters along the way.

Using Security As Stock in Trade (CQ Weekly)
In this CQ Weekly cover story, Adam Graham-Silverman argues that the Bush administration is pushing its free-trade pact with Colombia in order to secure an anchor of democracy and capitalism in an increasingly hostile region.

Teaching Kids Whole-Life Skills (Washington Post)
Janelle Nanos (Portfolio ‘04) profiles a Washington, D.C. charter school that is using an innovative program to combat teen pregnancy.

Country Report: Turkey (MarketWatch)
This special report for MarketWatch by Polya Lesova (‘06) explores how military and political developments are affecting Turkey’s economy and rising profile in world markets.

Letter from Cambodia (American Scholar)
Dustin Roasa (‘03) writes from Cambodia about a long-overdue tribunal for Khmer Rouge atrocities.

Career Moves

Emily McFarlan (‘06) recently became the Readers’ Reporter at the Elgin Courier News in Illinois.

Wendy Chaitin (‘75) has been appointed interim counsel of Humboldt County, California. Chaitin, who received a degree from the Vermont School of Law in 1980, was assistant county counsel for 12 years.

Alumni Mentor Program

So far, we have paired almost 100 journalism students with alumni mentors. If you have not received a call or e-mail from a student, please be patient. If you would like to be a mentor, please e-mail Thanks again for participating!

Wanted: Volunteers to Head Local Alumni Chapters

Due to popular demand from graduates around the country, the Journalism Department’s alumni network is going national. If you are interested in hosting a chapter in your city, please e-mail Local organizers will choose meeting places, send out e-vites, and host events. We will supply you with contact information for alumni in your region and advertise upcoming events in The Scoop.