The Scoop | Alumni Newsletter

May 2010

A Note from the Editor

Dear alumni,

Please excuse my unscheduled silence. Early in April, I broke a bone in my right hand which made typing excruciatingly slow, along with most other daily activities. Luckily, I’m on the mend just in time to finish out the spring semester.

Last month was our big, end-of-the-year celebration of our accomplishments as an Institute. We toasted The Reporting Award winner, Sarah Stillman; the contributors and organizers of Primary Sources, Jay Rosen, Jason Samuels, Ted Conover, Pete Hamill, and James Mcbride; the announcement of our collaboration with The New York Times to create a hyperlocal news site, The Local: East Village; and the Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade (2000-2009). It was a lovely affair with many of the “Top Ten” nominees in attendance, even travelling from afar to attend.

This summer will mark the beginning of our East Village hyperlocal news experiment. We’ll be working out the model (and the kinks) in preparation for the fall unveiling of the site. I’ll keep you posted on the exciting developments. In the meantime, enjoy the lovely spring weather and keep me updated on what you’re doing!


Top Stories

Professor Jason Samuels was recognized for his work on “James Stewart: King of the Hill” with a NAMIC Vision Award in the Best Sports category. The NAMIC Awards honor multi-ethnicity in communication and recognize programming that has aired on television and digital platforms that are reflective of the depth and breadth of the lives, spirit, and contributions of people of color.

Distinguished Writer in Residence, Paul Berman, has just published his most recent book, The Flight of the Intellectuals. The Columbia Journalism Review covers the content here, or you can listen to an interview between Paul Berman and Brian Lehrer.

I hope a few of you made it to our gala event on April 5th, to celebrate the Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade (2000 – 2009). The announcement of the winners quickly went viral and the reviews were overwhelmingly positive. We hosted a number of notable guests and celebrated our big projects from the year including The Local: East Village, Primary Sources, and The Reporting Award.

Adjunct Professor Alyssa Katz and current graduate students Katy Bolger, Elizabeth Wagner, Elisa Lagos, Rachel Wise and Darren Tobia were honored to be named Harry Chapin Media Award Finalists. The students join the winners and journalism stars from top-notch news organizations like The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, and The Denver Post.

Professor Jay Rosen got a very nice mention on the Colbert Report in a long segment about fact-checking the Sunday morning talk shows.

Congratulations are in order for Professor Yvonne Latty. She is the recipient of a 2010 Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship, designed to train journalists to cover violence and traumatic events.

Alumni in the News

Bernard Simon (B.A. ’41), public relations director for B’nai B’rith, dies (The Baltimore Sun)
A former managing editor of The Washington Square News, and WWII vet, Bernard Simon is survived by his wife of 68 years, the former Dorothy Ligeti of Olney, his sons, Gary L. Simon of Potomac and David Simon of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Jill Lawrence (M.A. ‘76), a long-time political reporter and alumna of the grad program, was recently honored as the 2009 Sigma Delta Chi online columnist of the year by the Society of Professional Journalists for her online columns at

Canon Communications Acquires Pharmalot, Leading News Blog for the Pharmaceutical Industry (
The founder of Pharmalot, Ed Silverman (M.A. ‘88) is a prize-winning journalist who has covered the pharmaceutical industry for nearly 15 years.

L.I.C. and Sunnyside are ready for their closeups (
Sabine Heinlein (M.A. Magazine ‘07) writes a regular blog about her New York neighborhood, Sunnyside. Last week it was featured in an article about Queens in the NY Daily News.

Miatta Davis (B.A. ’99) has made quite a name for herself in the past ten years. Read her profile in this month’s NYU alumni newsletter.

Charles J. Parnow (B.A. ’61), a former financial writer for UPI, passed away this past week.

Alumni Bylines

A Graduation Party in Baghdad (The New York Times)
Ali Adeeb (M.A. RTN ’10) reports on the graduation celebration of the University of Technology in downtown Baghdad.

A Crisis for the Faithful (The Wall Street Journal)
Meera Subramanian (M.A. CRC ’05) wrote an op-ed last week about the changing death rituals of Parsis.

Career Moves

GMAC Said to Consider Ex-Citigroup Banker Yastine as Next CFO (
Barbara Yastine (B.A. ’82) is a top prospect for the CFO position at GMAC Inc., the US controlled auto and home lender.


In response to publisher demand, the New York Press Association is launching a new job bank on their website ( where newspapers seeking candidates and candidates seeking positions, may exchange information. The job bank is limited to newspaper positions. (It can be found under “Member Services” tab.)

Students who are seeking positions, can upload a resume and cover letter or brief description of their experience and contact information. In the past week alone, NYPA has fielded eight inquiries from publishers seeking reporters. The job bank is free. NYPA also offers free “situations wanted” ads in our monthly newsletter. Job-seekers should email their ad copy to: Companies seeking to hire are also encouraged to post their openings in the job bank.

Jobs of the Month

News Assistant – ABC News, New York, NY
ABC News is hiring entry-level digital news associates for its Washington and New York newsrooms.

Duties involve a variety of tasks for TV and websites, such as: researching video and editorial elements, editing voice over material for all platforms, writing and producing digital content, producing live shots, identifying and pitch stories, logging and feeding video, shooting on DV cameras in the field, pre-interviewing and booking guests in breaking news situations, managing guests who appear in live segments for platforms, coordinating travel for news stories, etc.

Must have a bachelors degree. Apply online.

Editor –, Montclair, NJ is looking for a Montclair editor.

This is primarily a reporting job, so you need to love covering breaking news (even if it’s at 10 p.m. on a Saturday), enjoy the minutiae of the township’s budget, and really care about getting high school sports just right.

You also need excellent editing and management skills, you should be handy with still and video cameras, and you must have extensive experience with computers and the Web, including Facebook and Twitter.

And… you must live in, or very near, Montclair.
If you’re not familiar with us, we’re a community of hyperlocal news and information sites, each run by a full-time editor. We’re already in 16 New Jersey towns (including Maplewood, Ridgewood and Hoboken) with another 30 in Westchester, Long Island, Connecticut, Boston, D.C., L.A. and San Francisco, and we’re expanding both in New Jersey and nationwide.
Send resumes and writing samples to Steve Johnson, New Jersey regional editor:

Assistant Professor – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
The school of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is searching for an outstanding person to join its faculty as an assistant professor in the research tenure track. The selected candidate will contribute to the M.A. in Technology and Commnication, a new online degree program to be launched in Fall 2011. The selected candidate will teach one or two courses in the MATC program each year as well as courses in other areas of the School.

Qualifications and Experience: Teach two courses a semester. One or two courses will be taught online. Perform other customary duties of a faculty member: research and scholarly activities, advising and service.

Educational Requirements: Successful applicants must have a Ph.D. An established research agenda and teaching experience preferred in the merging area of new media and digital technologies. Applicants for the position should be able to teach “Research Methods and Applications” as well as at least one other course in th emATC curriculum ( Applicants shold have experience teaching and be capable of supervising graduate students’ theses and final projects.

Date applications will begin to be reviewed: October 1, 2010

Starting date for the appointment: July 1, 2011

Candidate Instructions: Go to to apply. Submit a letter, curriculum vita or resume, an example of published research and at least three references. The letter should address the applicant’s vision for how his/her teaching and research will complement the MATC program. Applicants also may submit course syllabi and other material as relevant. Supporting documents should be submitted as electronic attachments to the application when possible. Any other materials which cannot be attached to the application may be mailed to: Jo Bass/Assistant to the Dean/School of Journalism and Mass Communication/UNC-Chapel Hill/Campus Box 3365/Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3365.

Senior Producer – YNN Albany, Albany, NY, Requisition # 119482BR

• Creates accurately timed newscasts that meet format requirements within established deadlines.
• Produces assigned newscasts and news inserts making decisions on story lineup, video/audio, graphics, and timing to construct the show.
• Writes stories for anchors as required. Stories should be written in a clear and concise conversational manner.
• Coordinates with graphic artists in developing the graphics for the show.
• Performs editing functions or fills in as Executive Producer as required.
• Produces and writes special reports as directed by Executive Producers or Managing Editor.
• Works with Associate Producers to create the newscast product.
• Responsible for accuracy of facts in the on-air product.
• Maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner that works well with co-workers, supervisors and customers.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

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.

College degree, journalism or graduate degree preferred with minimum two years experience. Good oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, leadership skills, news judgment, computer skills, ability to make decisions and work under pressure. Ability to edit videotape a plus. Operate various office machines including computer and office software. Thorough knowledge of operation and office policies and procedures. Must have ability to handle various tasks simultaneously, organize, prioritize, make decisions and work efficiently and effectively under deadlines.

Part Time Development Writer – Environmental Defense Fund, New York, NY
Job description: The Environmental Defense Fund is looking for a part-time Development Writer. This person must be able to present complex scientific, economic, and policy ideas in clear, lively, and compelling prose for diverse donor audiences. The Development Writer will also be responsible for preparing proposals, reports, donor communications, talking points, Power Point presentations, brochures, fact sheets, and other collateral materials for EDF’s Oceans Program as well as other assigned program areas. S/he will work closely with program, development, and marketing and communications staff to create persuasive fundraising materials. This part-time position will work approximately three days 20 hrs per week and will be based in either Washington, DC or New York City. S/he will report to the Director of Donor Communications within the Development department. Responsibilities: — Helping to shape and articulate program work and vision for different donor audiences — Gathering information and graphics to inform and support donor communications — Developing and maintaining productive working relationships across the organization — Identifying needs for new or revised materials

Qualifications: — Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree a plus; journalism background preferred — 3-5 years professional writing experience — Outstanding and versatile writing skills — Demonstrated ability to conduct research and analyze complex information — Experience creating persuasive or fundraising communications material a plus — Experience at a fast-paced work environment must be able to come up to speed quickly on stories and juggle multiple assignments on deadline — Familiarity with environmental issues and fundraising both plusses — Motivation to develop relationships and work collaboratively across the organization

About EDF: With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, founded in 1967, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life. With programs from Boston to Beijing, Environmental Defense Fund is the only environmental group to receive an A rating from Wired magazine. Applications: Qualified applicants should submit their cover letter (including salary requirements), resume and a writing sample to Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.

Associate Producer – StoryCorps, Brooklyn NY
Position Overview:
The Associate Producer works with the Senior Producer and Producer to produce StoryCorps’ weekly national broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition and other audio content to promote the project. The Associate Producer also assists in the creation of production schedules and broadcast plans, researches, pitches, and field reports StoryCorps interviews, and manages and prioritizes tape coming in through various StoryCorps recording sites. The Associate Producer is also responsible for editing staff and interns and supervising a Production Assistant.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
* Produce stories for StoryCorps’ national broadcast on Morning Edition, including fact checking and writing host copy
* Supervise one Production Assistant
* Train and edit staff and interns
* Research, pitch, and record StoryCorps interviews for potential production use
* Identify and track tape from recording booths for potential production use
* Provide department with production and administrative support
* Serve as an active member of the StoryCorps Production department, including participation in departmental meetings and interdepartmental project teams.

Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications:
* Minimum 2 years of work experience in producing audio for broadcast and the web
* Bachelor’s degree
* Demonstrated expertise in non-linear, narrative, digital editing, including mixing music and audio; experience using ProTools is a plus
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills
* Supervisory experience is a plus
* Ability to work as part of a team in a deadline-oriented, fast-paced environment
* Willingness to travel
* Ability to be flexible and adaptable, and contribute to problem-solving activities within a growing, changing organization
* Belief and interest in the mission of the organization.

StoryCorps seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

All positions at StoryCorps are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and work samples to and include your last name and “Associate Producer” in the subject line. Include all materials as attachments entitled “YourNameLetter,” “YourNameResume,” and “YourNameWorkSample.”
For work samples, hyperlinks to your work are preferred, but if work samples are attached via email they must be in mp3 format. Resumes will not be reviewed unless/until at least one work sample is received. In your cover letter, please tell us how you found out about this
opportunity and whether you have applied for a position at StoryCorps in the past. No calls please.