The Scoop | Alumni Newsletter

September 2007

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Spotlight: Stacey Patton (The Scoop)
On September 13, Stacey Patton (’01) read selections from her memoir, That Mean Old Yesterday, at the new Department of Journalism headquarters. Earlier that month, Patton discussed the book, which examines corporal punishment in the African American community through the lens of her own upbringing, with undergraduate journalism student Melissa Saks.

Portfolio Alumna Receives NPR Fellowship (Star-Telegram)
Shomial Ahmad (’06) recently joined NPR News as a 2007-2008 Joan B. Kroc Fellow. The Kroc Fellowship identifies three graduates each year and trains them in a specially-designed intensive program at NPR and NPR Member stations. This year’s Fellows were chosen from a record 340 applicants, coming from 10 countries, 41 states and the District of Columbia. Visit Ahmad’s Portfolio page for a sampling of her articles.

Alumni Reception 2007

Please join us for cocktails and conversation at the NYU Department of Journalism’s Alumni Reception, which will take place on Saturday, October 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at our new headquarters at 20 Cooper Square. Click here for a map and directions to our new location. Please reply by Friday, October 12.

Alumni in the News

Always a Critic (Baltimore Sun)
Former NYU journalism student Don Walls reflects on his 25-year tenure as a film reviewer for Maryland Public Television and WBAL radio. One takeaway: always dress up for radio.

The Future of Jewish News (New Jersey Jewish Standard)
Randi Sherman (’06), staff writer for The Jewish Week, an independent weekly covering the New York region, weighs in on Jewish print journalism’s struggle to survive the multimedia revolution.

Murdoch Strikes Again (New York)
Ivan Pereira (’07), an intrepid reporter at the Times Ledger, a Queens weekly, fell victim to the ongoing battle between the New York Post and the Daily News, according to New York magazine.

Sweet Sound of Success (The Hearing Review)
Don Monroe (SHERP ’04) won a science writing award from the Acoustical Society of America. Check out his award-winning article about the inner ear, which first appeared in the online magazine Physical Review Focus in 2006.

Jobs of the Month

General Assignment Reporter, Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul
This is a key position that allows the St. Paul newsroom to respond to late-breaking news in the morning. The reporter will cover a wide variety of stories and should have a passion for jumping on breaking news as well as defining a clear feature agenda. The reporter will file audio clips and news spots for newscasts, radio pieces and multimedia Web stories. To apply, go to the American Public Media career services website and click on the Job Openings link. Then click on the Reporter, General Assignment job opening (303-07) to apply online and submit a resume and cover letter. In addition to completing the online application, e-mail a resume and cover letter to

Assignment Manager, NY 1 News, New York City
The assignment manager is responsible for managing the daily operations of the assignment desk and works in tandem with other news managers to allocate resources. Qualified applicants should submit their resume and cover letter online at and refer to the appropriate requisition number.

Associate Editor, Current Science, Reader’s Digest, Pleasantville, NY
The associate editor will be responsible for managing the elementary division science publications for Weekly Reader. These include WR Science, a 16-page, eight-time-a year classroom periodical for children in grades three to five; three editions of Science Spin, a 4-page supplement produced seven times a year; and the teachers’ guides and web content that accompany those publications. Reader’s Digest offers an excellent benefits package, (401K) and professional growth opportunities. To apply, please visit the Reader’s Digest career website and reference job posting number 3091BR.

Associate Producer, NPR Digital, Arts & Features, Washington, D.C.
The Arts and Features group is looking for a creative writer, editor and multimedia producer with daily news experience to help take NPR‘s arts and features sections, including books and movies, to the next level. This is a full-time union position in Washington, D.C. To apply, send a resume and cover letter referencing this job title and number (#NYU219) to National Public Radio 635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001 or to Please include three writing samples and URLs of online projects (if URLs available).

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


The Other Jamestown Party (Newsweek)
Kathryn Joyce (’04) writes about a fundamentalist celebration of Jamestown’s 400th anniversary. Joyce is an editor-at-large at The Revealer.

Children of the Revolutionary (LA Weekly)
Portfolio alumnus Matthew Fleischer profiles a former black revolutionary who turned himself into San Quentin so his children could come to America.

In the Name of the Law (The Guardian G2)
Dan Bell (CRC ’04) discovers that the backstreets of Britain are full of Islamic courts ruling on everything from banking and alcopops to forced marriage and divorce.

Career Moves

Lindsay Fortado (’04) is now a reporter on the legal team at Bloomberg News, where she covers U.S. law firms.

David Dutkanicz
(CRC ’99) recently accepted the position of director of public relations and publications at MidAmerica Productions, which produces more than 60 concerts at Carnegie Hall and around the world each year. Dutkanicz’s eighth book, My First Book of Tchaikovsky, is slated to debut in January.

Linsey Davis (M.A. ’00), recently took a position as a correspondent with ABC NewsOne in New York City. Prior to joining ABC, she worked as an anchor/reporter with an NBC affiliate in Indianapolis.


Brown Bag Series: Mike Sager, September 19th, Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Mike Sager, writer-at-Large for Esquire, kicks off this fall’s Brown Bag lecture series. Location: 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor Commons.

Al Roker: The Producer, September 20, Noon -1p.m.
You know him best from his work on NBC’s Today Show. But Al Roker has long been the head of Al Roker Productions, which creates programming for the Discovery Channel, Court TV, PBS, the Food Network and others. Come hear about his life on the other side of the camera. Location: 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor Commons.

Andrés Izarra and Juanita Leon, Wednesday, September 26, 5 p.m.
NYU Journalism Global and Joint Program Studies presents Andrés Izarra, president of TeleSUR, the new Caracas-based 24-hour Spanish language network, in conversation with Juanita Leon, Colombian journalist and author, and 2007-8 Visiting Scholar. Location: 20 Cooper Square, TV Studio, 7th floor.

Genome Pioneer Venter Keynotes NYU Symposium, September 29, 2 – 4 p.m.
Famed geneticist J. Craig Venter, who mapped the human genome and now heads a global effort to create “designer microbes” to address some of the world’s most vexing global environmental and health problems, will keynote a symposium on the subject at New York University’s Cantor Film Center (36 E. 8th St. at University Place). Venter’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion on the far-reaching implications of synthetic biology, in which the tools of genetics are used to modify living organisms or even create new ones. For more information, e-mail

Click here for more information on upcoming NYU Journalism events.

70 for 70 Campaign

The centerpiece of the Department of Journalism’s new facility at 20 Cooper Square is the TV Studio, a fully functioning studio that will give our students hands-on experience with every aspect of producing a live news broadcast. Our goal is to raise $70,000 to outfit the studio with 70 telescoping stadium seats. To thank you for contributing to the studio seating, we are offering the following forms of recognition:

$5,000: “Benefactor” designation on a plaque

$1,000: “Friend of the Department” designation on a plaque

$500: Free rental of the space within a year of the gift. Security, setup, catering, etc. are not included and the offer is subject to availability. The value of the rental is $250. Your payment in excess of that amount constitutes a tax-deductible contribution.

$250: An invitation to a special pre-party before the Inaugural Gala this fall (The value of this ticket is $50. Your payment in excess of that amount constitutes a tax-deductible contribution.)

Please click here to make a donation online. All proceeds will go toward newsroom seating. We appreciate your help!

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. An alumna in Washington, D.C., has already volunteered to head up the capital city chapter. If you’re based in D.C. and would like to attend local alumni gatherings, send your contact information to