The Scoop | Alumni Newsletter

March 2010

A Note from the Editor

This month there is one story that trumps all others: our recently announced collaborative project with the New York Times. As some of you remember, I sent out a call to East Village residents and alumni to help us brainstorm ideas for this new project. The Local East Village is a content collaboration, innovation laboratory and teaching tool for local journalism on the web between NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and The New York Times. Once produced, it will appear on NYTimes.com.

The site will provide NYU journalism students with the opportunity to produce journalism for the web and to study the strategy of a hyperlocal news site. It will provide the rest of the community – as we are located in the neighborhood – with an active reliable source of information and news, as well as a virtual and actual community gathering space. We will make all innovative ideas widely available to others.

East Villagers beyond NYU will cover news and produce features too. They will be able to suggest assignments via the virtual assignment desk we are developing. If you are located in the East Village, keep your eyes open for stories you’d like produced!

We will be ramping up the production this summer, with the site to launch in the fall. Rest assured, I’ll remind you of the big launch date as it nears. In the meantime, you can see the official press release, read Professor Jay Rosen’s thoughts on the collaboration (closely tied to his Studio 20 graduate concentration), or take a look at Alan Mutter’s essay on the fairness of using students for news reporting.

On other fronts, we’ve had a huge show of support from Eve Klein, Senior Director of Space Planning at NYU, and Robert Owens, president of Owens Group Ltd. They have endowed an investigative reporting internship at NYU’s DC campus. We couldn’t be more excited about what work our future investigative reporters will produce. Their gift will have a significant and meaningful impact on our students, and we are all very grateful!

Last month I made a call for alumni mentor volunteers. We’ve been able to pair together a number of willing participants and appreciative students. Help us continue to grow the program! With very little commitment, and an opportunity for a rewarding relationship, mentoring students is an easy way to make a difference. Send me an e-mail with your general contact information and job title (including freelancers!) so we can pair you up appropriately with undergrad and graduate students. Keep ‘em coming!

Until next month,
Kate

Top Stories

J-Schools to the Rescue? (www.InsideHigherEd.com)
The debate rages on: are students used as free labor, or an important resource to provide content that would otherwise go unwritten?

A Blessing and a Burden (The New York Times)
Professor Rob Boynton reviews Gerald M. Boyd’s memoir, My Times in Black and White: Race and Power at The New York Times, a memoir of the former managing editor of the Times.

Ted Conover’s Roadside Attractions (The New York Times)
One of our Distinguished Writers in Residence, Professor Ted Conover, released his fifth book this past month, The Routes of Man: How Roads Are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today. This nonfiction narrative covers Ted’s journey around the world and describes how roads have shaped communities and cultures.

“Where Could You Be????” (www.mothering21.com)
Adjunct Professor Vivien Orbach Smith (M.A. ‘84) talks about the worries of motherhood.

Our third and fourth installments of Primary Sources are up on the web. Take a look at our Distinguished Writers in Residence James McBride and Pete Hamill in conversation with their colleagues and friends, Spike Lee and Nora Ephron.

Professors Respond to Paterson Coverage (Washington Square News)
Professors Mitchell Stephens, Meryl Gordon and George Freeman speak about the New York Times’ coverage of the Governor Paterson scandal.

Alumni in the News

Congratulations! (The New York Times)
Ciara Anne Dockery (M.A. NewsDoc ’04) and Dr. Ryan Karl Kaple were married last month at Harvard University.

Charity:water, a non-profit organization that brings clean drinking water to people in developing nations, was founded by Scott Harrison (B.A. ’98). NYU’s Arts and Science Alumni association profiles him here .

Alumni Bylines

105,000 Dots for Iraq, and Counting (The New York Times)
Ali Adeeb (M.A. RTN ‘10) is a regular contributor for the City Room Section of the New York Times. In this installment he writes about the new performance art piece by Wafaa Bilal, a provocative Iraqi-American artist.

Persian Gulf View: House Hunting and Geopolitics in Baluchistan (Harper’s Magazine)
Shahan Mufti (M.A. Near Eastern ‘08) travels to Gwadar with a dream of making a home. He leaves with a lesson in the region’s politics and geography.

Salting the Earth: Does road salt harm the environment? (www.slate.com)
This winter has had its fair share of snow (and snow-days!). How does all of that salt on the sidewalks and roads affect the environment? Nina Shen Rastogi (M.A. CRC ’09) provides answers.

Colleges Use Cheap Loans to Lure Stars to Faculty (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Investigative reporter and recent graduate, Marc Beja (B.A. ‘09), reports on faculty recruiting practices in higher education.

Kathryn Blaze Carlson (M.A. RTN ’08) in Haiti: Taking care of the elderly (National Post)
Kathryn, accompanied by photographer Tyler Anderson, is reporting on the tragedy in Haiti with members of the Canadian navy.

Are Parents Overmedicating ADHD Children? (www.additutdemag.com)
Mary Kearl (B.A. ‘07) has been writing about health issues for a variety of online and print publications. In this interview with Judith Warner, author of We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication, she explores the issue of medicating children.

Career Moves

Lauren Siegel (B.A. ‘05) has been at YouTube for 2 years, but just relocated from San Francisco to the NYC office to focus more on custom content. Welcome back, Lauren!

Edward Adler (M.A. ‘79) steps down as Time Warner Inc.’s head of communications after more than 30 years.

Lisa Sandberg (M.A. ‘96) steps in to teach journalism in a difficult time at St. Edward’s University.

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 22, 2010, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor
SHERP’s “Inside-Out” Speaker Series: Are We Hard-Wired for Wisdom? with Stephen S. Hall
Author and journalist Stephen Hall makes the journey from idea to magazine article to book to blog, as he discusses his new book Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience, which is also the foundation of his new blog.

Stephen S. Hall for twenty-five years has written about the intersection of science and society in books, magazine articles, and essays, primarily in The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of five previous critically acclaimed books, including Invisible Frontiers and Merchants of Immortality. He has received numerous awards, including in the 2004 Science in Society Journalism Award for book writing from the National Association of Science Writers and, in 1998, the William B. Coley Award from the Cancer Research Institute. He also teaches science writing to PhD students and post-docs through the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Moderated by Robert Lee Hotz, science columnist at The Wall Street Journal and Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Carter Institute.

Friday, March 26, 2010, 11:00 am – 4 pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor
Journalism Career Fair
Alumni are invited to attend the first Journalism Career Fair held at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, 20 Cooper Square (7th Floor). The fair takes place Friday March 26, from 11am-4pm.

Confirmed employers include several major TV networks, newspapers, magazines and websites.

For alumni, the fair will be a great opportunity to network face-to-face with these recruiters – although many will be interviewing for internships and entry-level jobs.
All alumni MUST RSVP to panuska@nyu.edu to be added to the attendees list (even if you still have your ID).
The Career Services Office also will be happy to review resumes online before the fair.

Email your information to:
Pamela Noel (print), pamela.noel@nyu.edu
Sylvan Solloway (broadcast), sylvan.solloway@nyu.edu

We look forward to reconnecting.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 6:00 – 8:00pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor
Turning Controversy into Literature: Colin Harrison Talks To Helen Thorpe
Helen Thorpe’s Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America follows friends from the eve of their senior prom into the four years that follow to look at the difference immigration status makes. Two of the girls, Clara and Elissa, are legal residents, but Marisela and Yadira have begun to suffer the repercussions of their parents’ choice to enter the United States illegally.

Just Like Us was one of the Washington Post’s Top 10 nonfiction books of last year. Malcolm Gladwell said of it, “Helen Thorpe has taken policy and turned it into literature.” To learn how she did that, come listen to Thorpe read from her book and discuss it with her editor, Colin Harrison of Scribner.

Helen Thorpe is a freelance journalist whose magazine stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, New York, George, Westword, and 5280. Born in London, she grew up in Medford, New Jersey. She has worked as a staff writer for the New York Observer, the New Yorker, where she wrote ‘Talk of the Town’ stories, and Texas Monthly. She has also produced radio stories that have aired on “This American Life” and “Soundprint.” Thorpe is married to John Hickenlooper, the mayor of Denver, and they have one son.

Colin Harrison, a vice president and senior editor at Scribner, is the author of seven novels, most recently Risk (2009), which was first published as a fifteen-part serial in the New York Times Magazine. His previous novels, The Finder, The Havana Room, Afterburn, Manhattan Nocturne, Bodies Electric, and Break and Enter, have been published in a dozen countries. He and his wife, the writer Kathryn Harrison, live in Brooklyn, New York, with their three children.

Literary Reportage, a concentration for graduate students, is hosting this event. Light food and beverages will be served.

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor
SHERP’s “Inside-Out” Speaker Series: Hanging with the Memory Mavens, with Joshua Foer

Immersion journalist Joshua Foer’s forthcoming book, Moonwalking with Einstein, grew from his online reporting about the 2006 USA Memory Championships, which Foer entered as an exercise in participatory journalism – and won. Joshua Foer, co-founder of the Atlas Obscura, is a science journalist who focuses on tales of the wondrous, such as lightning-strike survivors, amnesiacs, micrographic writing, brain-computer interfaces, naive chimpanzees and the Bosnian “pyramids” hoax. Foer writes for The New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, Esquire, The Nation and Slate. He is also a columnist for the art and culture quarterly Cabinet. Moonwalking with Einstein, his first book, explores the art and science of memory.

Moderated by Robert Lee Hotz, science columnist at The Wall Street Journal and distinguished writer in residence at the Carter Institute.

Opportunities

Call for Submissions
Now in its sixth year, Guernica, a magazine of art and ideas, is seeking thoughtful and relevant narrative nonfiction. We’re looking for essays on all themes (politics, the arts, culture, science, media and more). The pieces should be based in personal experience or original reportage (no criticism or academic essays, please). A high concentration of our content is international in bent, and we are always interested in work in translation. Visit www.guernicamag.com to get a feel for the types of pieces we publish. And then submit to Katherine Dykstra at nonfiction@guernicamag.com.

Free Career Counseling Mini-Appointments

Starting February 2010, through May 2010, and for degree-holding NYU alumni only, meet with a career counselor from The NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development and receive free career/job-search advice. Call in advance to sign up for a 15-minute appointment (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night between 4:00-6:30pm) at The Wasserman Center. Topics for your 15-minute discussion can include job-search, graduate school, resume, cover letter, and/or interview questions. Please contact our reception desk, 212.998.4730, to schedule an appointment.

NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development
133 E. 13th Street or 140 East 14th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10003
212-998-4730 || career.development@nyu.edu
www.nyu.edu/careerdevelopment

Round Table Discussion with Visting Scholar Dave Winer
Come on Thursday nights to join in the discussion….

Dear New York Media Hacker, This is an invitation to discuss the future of media at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute this Thursday night and many Thursday nights in the future. The discussions will be informal, but not commercial. The meetings are open, not invite-only, but there is space for 20 – 30 people in the room. Sign-up is required due to security. The discussions are moderated according to BloggerCon rules (http://bloggercon.org/II/newbies.html). Things I am interested in accomplishing: booting Hypercamp, learning how to be a reporter and learning how to teach people to report. Helping NY-based startups get started, keeping the Internet free from corporate business models. Your goals may be different! 🙂 You may invite other people who you feel may be New York Media Hackers. Please be sure they know that we’re not interested in unsolicited product pitches. This is not a good place for a business model! 🙂 If you have questions, please bring them with you Thursday night! 🙂 -Dave Winer

P.S. RSVP to: panuska@nyu.edu

Editorial Internship for Foreign Affairs, New York, NY
Foreign Affairs is now accepting applications for its Academic Year Internship.

The internship is a full-time, paid position offering an exceptional training in serious journalism. The length of the internship is one year, beginning in August. The intern works as an assistant editor with substantial responsibility. Interns are involved in all aspects of the editorial process, editing, proofreading, evaluating manuscripts, research, fact-checking, and production work.

Eligibility: Previous interns have included recent graduates from undergraduate and master’s programs. Candidates should have a serious interest in international relations, a flair for writing, and a facility with the English language.

Deadline: Applications for the 2010-2011 academic year internship must be postmarked by Friday, March 12, 2010.

Requirements: Cover letter, resume, three letters of recommendation, and three writing samples (5 pages or less per sample for a potential total of 15 pages). Please send all materials to:

Editorial Internships
Foreign Affairs
58 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065

Interviews: Finalists will be interviewed in person. The volume of applicants makes it impossible for us to give informational interviews.

For additional information: Contact our editorial assistant at ecoja@cfr.org or visit our website at www.foreignaffairs.org.

Jobs of the Month

Copy Editors – The Washington Post, Washington D.C.
The Washington Post is looking for two seasoned copy editors with at least five years of experience to become multi-platform editors on the Universal News desk. Multi-platform editors are central to The Post’s converged newsroom. They copy-edit newspaper and Web stories, edit blogs, write headlines and keys for all platforms, and work on photo gallery captions.

The ideal candidate is an uncompromising wordsmith and stellar headline writer with a keen eye for detail and a respect for tight deadlines. The candidate must be able to work very quickly and shift easily among duties; he or she should be comfortable working on all production platforms; and the candidate should have some experience with search-engine optimization.

These positions report to Multi-platform Editing Chief Anne Ferguson-Rohrer. The jobs involve night and weekend work. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and résumé with contact information for at least three references to Ferguson-Rohrer (fergusona@washpost.com) or Peter Perl (perlp@washpost.com) by March 19.

Web Editor, Part-time – www.newvoices.org, New York, NY
The Jewish Student Press Service seeks a qualified Web Editor during the 2010-11 academic year. The position is half-time. The Web Editor will work out of our New York office.

Requirements:
* Extensive web management and design background
* Some journalism experience
* Interest in Jewish college student community
* Strong managerial skills
* Extremely self-motivated

Job Description:
New Voices is seeking a web editor who will manage the site’s content, market that content to readers and keep up the site’s design. The web editor will be in charge of web design, selling ads and developing a vision for what www.newvoices.org is capable of as a national Jewish student magazine and hub for Jewish students. The web editor will work closely with the editor-in-chief on editorial vision, writing and editing and will play a significant role in generating, editing and monitoring content.

To apply, please submit the following to ben@newvoices.org by March 28, 2010:
* Cover letter
* Resume
* Three ideas to make the website more visible to the Jewish student community
* Three ideas for attractive web features
* Recommendation from an employer or professor

The recommendations may be e-mailed separately or mailed to: New Voices Magazine, 114 West 26th Street, Suite 1004, New York, NY, 10001.
Job decription: http://www.newvoices.org/campus?id=0088

Anchor / Video Journalist – YNN Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
TO APPLY : www.timewarnercable.com/careers, Requisition # 117806BR

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Reporting
• Strong News judgment
• Receives assignments or evaluates news leads and news tips to develop story ideas.
• Gathers and verifies factual information regarding stories through interview, observation, and research.
• Organizes material, determines emphasis, and writes stories according to prescribed editorial style and format standards.
• Writes stories for delivery by anchors.
• Develops sources and contacts for story development.
• Make decisive and accurate judgments for strong and personal safety.

Camera and Field Operations
• Shoots video to illustrate stories.
• Edits, or assists in editing, videos for broadcast.
• Drives to News locations
• Checks and maintains equipment
• Able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds.

Presentation Skills
• Appears on television program when conducting taped or filmed interviews or narration.
• Gives live reports from site of event or mobile broadcast unit.
• Occasionally represents station at other events.

Preparation
• Knowledge of Western New York
• Ability to cover breaking news for 24 hour news cycle.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong interpersonal and good organizational skills.
• Strong computer skills and ability to work with common office software systems.
• Ability to use standard office equipment, including computers, fax machines, copiers, etc.
• Solid news judgment, with knowledge of current local news and newsmakers a plus.
• Ability to make quick decisions, multi-task, and work effectively and efficiently under pressure and deadlines.
• Must be able to use and have knowledge of common television newsroom computer systems and software, with ability to learn new software systems
• Thorough knowledge of operational and office policies and procedures.
• Experience or functional knowledge of news video editing systems preferred, with knowledge of non-linear and or desktop-based editing systems a plus.
• Ability to shoot and edit video preferred.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelors Degree, preferably in Journalism/Communication /English or related field. General Liberal Arts is acceptable.
• Previous on-air experience and/or previous experience in Beat Reporting. Minimum of 2-3 years TV experience, live reporting preferred, and/or daily news gathering experience.

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.

Video Journalist – YNN Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
TO APPLY: www.timewarnercable.com/careers, Requisition # 117936BR

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Reporting
• Strong News judgment
• Receives assignments or evaluates news leads and news tips to develop story ideas.
• Gathers and verifies factual information regarding stories through interview,
observation, and research.
• Organizes material, determines emphasis, and writes stories according to prescribed editorial style and format standards.
• Writes stories for delivery by anchors.
• Develops sources and contacts for story development.
• Make decisive and accurate judgments for strong and personal safety.

Camera and Field Operations
• Shoots video to illustrate stories.
• Edits, or assists in editing, videos for broadcast.
• Drives to News locations.
• Checks and maintains equipment.
• Lift and carry up to 30 pounds.

Presentation Skills
• Appears on television program when conducting taped or filmed interviews or narration.
• Gives live reports from site of event or mobile broadcast unit.
• Occasionally represents station at other events.

Preparation
• Knowledge of Western New York
• Ability to cover breaking news for 24 hour news cycle.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelors Degree, preferably in Journalism/Communication /English or related field. General Liberal Arts is acceptable.
• Previous on-air experience and/or previous experience in Beat Reporting. Minimum of 2-3 years TV experience, live reporting preferred, and/or daily news gathering experience.

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.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
• Fast-paced environment requiring flexibility, immediate and appropriate responses and swift news judgment.
• Stressful environment requiring patience, sensitivity and strong people skills.
• Creative, entrepreneurial environment that attracts talented people requiring the ability to listen, follow instructions, identify and meet their needs, and take constructive criticism.
• 24/7 on call.
Time Warner Cable supports a drug-free environment and is EOE M/F/V/D

Editors and editorial assistant – AOL’s seed.com, New York, NY
From SAUL HANSELL, the new head of content at AOL’s Seed.com:

Seed Editors. These people will work with me to develop ideas for Seed assignments, work with AOL editors to use Seed well, and help review articles as they are submitted. Experience working with a wide range of freelance writers and stringers is important. So is a combination of high editorial standards and the creativity to use new technology and new procedures to create innovative journalism. Over time, they will help develop new sites that use Seed as well.

Seed Editorial Assistant. This is a spectacular job for someone just starting out in journalism who wants to be in the middle of reinventing the field. I need someone filled with ideas and curiosity, with writing and editing skill, fluent in the Internet, comfortable with numbers and spreadsheets, to help expand Seed and the new sites we build using it. AOL, with 80 sites and a growing staff of 500 full time journalists is among the best places for someone to build a career for the future.

These full-time jobs are based at AOL’s headquarters in New York (9th Street and Broadway). In both cases the salary will be commensurate with experience. AOL has an attractive benefits package.

Seed will also be looking for others over time including people involved with development, design, product management, community development and data analysis. And AOL is hiring lots of other journalists, both full time and as full and part time freelancers. People interested in any of those roles should look at AOL’s corporate job site where all positions are listed (really). And also look at the AOL sites to see the sort of coverage we have. Contact the editors (listed on the sites) for freelance opportunities. (See the links below.)

Please send me a resume, clips and references if you have them. Send this info and any other correspondence related to the jobs to seedjobs@seed.com. That mailbox comes right to me, but using it helps make sure I don’t lose your information amid all the other e-mail I get.

It may be a few weeks before we start to interview candidates. So don’t be concerned if you don’t hear from us for a while.

INFORMATION ON SEED AND AOL
The Seed site: http://www.seed.com/
A list of AOL sites (well most of them): http://www.seed.com/aol-network/
AOL Job listings: http://corp.aol.com/current-jobs