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November 2010

November 2010

A Note from the Editor

Dear Alumni,

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and I’m sure you’re looking forward to the long weekend with friends and family. After getting stuffed on Thursday, put that stored energy to good use and think about what type of reporting you would love to do. What stories have you been dying to hear, and yet never see reported. Do you see a lack of coverage in one specific field?

If you answer yes, and graduated prior to 2000, please consider submitting a proposal to our second annual Reporting Award. The award includes a stipend of $2,500 upon selection as the competition winner and an additional $10,000 upon timely completion and submission of the work, provided the Institute’s awards committee judges the work acceptable. The winner has use of the Institute’s facilities as well as NYU’s libraries and other scholarly resources. In addition, the program funds up to $6,000 in NYU journalism graduate student assistance. The Institute will publish the completed work either alone or in partnership with another media outlet. The deadline for submissions is January 15th and you can read up on last year’s winner, Sarah Stillman and her project here.

Many of you may have received a survey query from me in the past few weeks. A big thank you to those who have already taken the time to fill it out! This survey helps us gather information such as employment rate of graduates and expected salaries for our upcoming accreditation report. All of the information it contains is private and anonymous; it will not be publicly shared, only used to compile statistics on the program as a whole. If you haven’t already filled it out, please take a few minutes to do so now.

Once again, the easiest way to keep in touch with former classmates and professors is through our various social media sites. We have a specific NYU Journalism Alumni page on LinkedIn and our New York University Journalism Alumni page on Facebook. Join now! These pages are valuable resources for connecting to friends and colleagues and reaching out to fellow alumni.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a restful break.


Top Stories

The book of Associate Professor Susie Linfield, director of the CRC graduate concentration, The Cruel Radiance, published by the University of Chicago Press, is an exploration of photography and political violence.

Distinguished Writer in Residence Pete Hamill was recently chosen to receive this year’s Louis Auchincloss Prize from the Museum of the City of New York. The museum described Pete as a man who, “knew Louis Auchincloss and whose own fine work draws from his New York experience.”

Ferris Jabr, a graduate student in the Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP), has received the Society for Neuroscience’s Science Journalism Award. The recipients receive an orientation on navigating and reporting The Society’s annual meeting as a journalist, an on-site mentor from a leading science or medical publication, complimentary meeting registration, and $750 to defray expenses.

In an amazing trip, seventeen students from Reporting the Nation and Reporting New York traveled to the Arizona/Mexico border to tell stories on immigration. In this video they tell the story behind the story.

Times’ Local: East Village reports on N.Y.U.’s 2031 plan; how’d they do? (Capital New York)

Tom McGeveran gives his opinion of the reporting done on NYU by our own Local East Village community editor, Kim Davis.

The Recovery Times is a new student-led venture covering how businesses and consumers are trying to rebuild from the toughest economic downturn since the Great Depression. All editors and reporters are degree candidates in NYU’s Master of Arts program in Business and Economic Reporting (BER). Follow the site on Twitter and Facebook.

Alumni in the News

Lisa Armstrong (Magazine ’00) is the recipient of a yearlong grant from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to report in Haiti. She has made several trips, and has recently had a story in The Atlantic. In addition to her regular stories from the island, she’s been consistently speaking at universities around the country about her reporting.

Jessica Eise (GloJo-International Relations ’12) submitted an application for the SAIFF contest (in response to one of my alumni e-mailings) and won! She was a host on the 2010 South Asian International Film Festival red carpet.

Alumni Bylines

CRC alumni are having a great month. Alumna Evie Nagy’s (CRC ’07) “Biscuits and Jam with a Side of Mud” was chosen for inclusion in Best Music Writing 2010, edited by Ann Powers, along with David Marchese’s (CRC ’07) “Oklahama Death Trip” which received an honorable mention. Amy Zimmer’s (CRC ’03) article “The Brownsville Rec Center: Where Legends Return and Youngsters Learn” was chosen for inclusion in Pieces of a Decade: Brooklyn Rail Nonfiction, 2000-2010, edited by Theodore Hamm and Williams Cole.

Divina Paredes (M.A. ’91) wrote the cover story, Supercity CIO,  in this month’s CIO magazine in New Zealand. As editor of the magazine since 2004 (when it was named MIS), Divina was proud to announce that CIO New Zealand was named the best trade/professional magazine in the 2010 Qantas Media Awards in New Zealand.

Darlene Superville (CAS ’88) asked President Obama the first question at his nationally televised news conference at the White House on Sept. 10. Darlene is a White House reporter for The Associated Press.

Career Moves

Recent graduate Patrick Doyle (CAS ‘10) scored a much deserved assistant editor position at Rolling Stone magazine after working tirelessly as an intern and temp.

Last month, Claire Rusowicz (Magazine ‘84) was named as executive director of the Rockfall Foundation, which supports environmental education, conservation programs and planning initiatives in Middlesex County, CT.

Suzanne Pekow (Magazine ’07) just accepted a position as assistant producer with American RadioWorks from American Public Media in St. Paul. She graduated in 2007 and has spent the past three years in various positions with APM/Minnesota Public Radio.

Darren Levy (CAS ’07) started earlier this month as the Institute’s new Media Support Specialist, providing much needed technical assistance and working on the website.  In addition to his new job, he has also just been accepted to NYU’s Computer Science Master’s program. We are delighted to have him join the team.

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 29th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor

New York Times Covers the BP Oil Spill

Times reporters Jad Mouawad and Henry Fountain and the Times‘ science editor Erica Goode discuss how the newspaper covered the environmental disaster and talk about their experiences reporting from the Gulf on this fast-paced story and on its aftermath today.

Wednesday, December 1st, around 9 pm (after The Great Game: Afghanistan Part 1), NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place

The Great Game in Conversation: Reporting Afghanistan

A conversation with BBC correspondent David Lyon, Newsday‘s and Institute Professor Mohamad Bazzi, and others moderated by WNYC’s John Hockenberry.

All events are open to the public unless otherwise specified.

Tuesday, December 7th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, NYU’s Silver Center (Hemmerdinger Hall), 100 Washington Square East (at Washington Place)

2010 Jacob K. Javits Lecture, “They Are Us: Common Sense in Immigration Reform”

Pete Hamill will deliver the 2010 Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professorship Lecture, “They Are Us: Common Sense in Immigration Reform,” The lecture, sponsored by New York University and The Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation, is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP is required at For more information, call 212.998.2264.

Wednesday, December 8th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor TV Studio

Primary Sources: Coverage in Context

Anthony Shadid, New York Times foreign correspondent and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for international reporting for his coverage of the Iraq war will be in conversation with Professor Jillian Schwedler, political scientist at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  Shadid’s books include Legacy of the Prophet: Despots, Democrats and the New Politics of Islam and Night Draws Near: Iraq’s People in the Shadow of America’s War.  Schwedler has authored the award-winning Faith in Moderation: Islamist Parties in Jordan and Yemen, and is co-editing, with Laleh Khalili, a forthcoming book, Policing and Prisons in the Middle East.

Thursday, December 9th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, JLA Studios, 63 Pearl Street, Brooklyn, NY

Media Circus: Immersion Journalism

Media Circus returns in December with journalists who have burrowed deep into their stories and written up the tale. Join Gelf and noted writers Ted Conover, whose works including Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America’s Hoboes and Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing are synonymous with Immersionism; Brooke Kroeger, the director of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU whose database on the history of immersion reporting–to compliment her forthcoming book–goes back over a century; and Avi Steinberg, author of Running the Books about his time spent working as a prison librarian.

The event will be held Thursday, December 9, at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm) at the JLA Studios gallery at 63 Pearl St. in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn-just one subway stop away from Manhattan.There is no admission charge, though your voluntary contribution will help defray the costs for this and other great Gelf events. Drinks will be served.

Wednesday, December 15th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor TV Studio, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor TV Studio

Primary Sources: Coverage in Context in the Middle East

Rami Khouri is Editor-at-Large of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper and Director of the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut.  An internationally syndicated political columnist and author, Khouri was named co-recipient of the Pax Christi International Peace Award in 2006 for his efforts to bring peace and reconciliation to the Middle East.

Khouri will be in conversation with Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. Active in the foreign policy arena as well as academia, Professor Telhami is the author of several books, including the acclaimed The Stakes: America and the Middle East.

The series is organized by the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU with the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and the Center for Religion and Media and is funded by the Social Science Research Council.


The Press Institute is hiring!

Are you a natural storyteller with a passion for social justice and journalism?

The Press Institute is hiring women from 22 countries around the world to take our original, award-winning journalism-training program and then go on to be a full or part time professional reporter for The Press Institute Newswire.

-No prior journalism experience is required.
-English language skills are not required to join our team of reporters.
-The main requirement is basic literacy skills in your native language and a passion to make a difference!

International Women’s Media Foundation Announces Women Entrepreneurs in the Global Digital News Frontier Grant Program

Deadline: November 30, 2010
The International Women’s Media Foundation is accepting applications for its Women Entrepreneurs in the Global Digital News Frontier grant program. The initiative is funded by the Ford Foundation.

The program is open to United States-based women journalists proposing to use digital media in innovative ways to deliver the news. A successful applicant will be dedicated to a media career, and will clearly demonstrate how her project furthers the role of women in digital news media. In addition, she will provide a business plan that demonstrates project sustainability, including tangible benchmarks to measure success.

Three awardees will receive grants of $20,000 each to launch digital news media projects, as well as pro-bono coaching and technical assistance to support their work.

To view the application FAQ and access the online application form, visit the IWMF Web site.

Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Invites Submissions for 2011 Book and Journalism Awards
Deadline: January 31, 2011
Each year the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights presents an award to the book that “most faithfully and forcefully reflects Robert Kennedy’s purposes – his concern for the poor and the powerless, his struggle for honest and even-handed justice, his conviction that a decent society must assure all young people a fair chance, and his faith that a free democracy can act to remedy disparities of power and opportunity.” All books submitted for consideration must have been first published in the U.S. between January 1 and December 31, 2010. Both fiction and nonfiction works are eligible. Books may be submitted by the author or the publisher. The book-award winner will receive a cash prize in the amount of $2,500 and a bust of Robert F. Kennedy.

The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards honor outstanding reporting on issues that reflect Robert Kennedy’s concerns, including human rights, social justice, the power of individual action in the United States and around the world, and reporting on insights into the causes, conditions, and remedies of injustice as well as critical analyses of relevant public policies, programs, attitudes, and private endeavors. Journalism entries must have been published or broadcast in the U.S. for the first time between January 1 and December 31, 2010. Entries may be submitted either by individuals or news organizations. The journalism-award winner in each professional category (print, television, radio, photography, cartoon) will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and a bust of Robert F. Kennedy. The grand prize winner will be announced at the 2011 awards ceremony and will receive an additional cash prize. The award ceremony will take place next May, in Washington, D.C.

Both book and journalism award entries require a fee of $75. Visit the RFK Center Web site for complete program descriptions and entry procedures.

University of Southern California Annenberg Announces Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion
Deadline: December 17, 2010
The University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has announced that applications are being accepted for the Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion. The fellowship, sponsored by the Knight Chair in Media and Religion and funded by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs, offers stipends for American journalists to report and write stories that illuminate how religion crosses geographic, temporal, and ideological borders, as well as how it establishes real and virtual boundaries.

Within the six-month period of their fellowship, fellows will travel outside the U.S. to report stories that explore how religion, religious institutions, and religious people effect change in on-the-ground social, political, and economic conditions. They might examine how ideas and ideologies circulate in home and diaspora communities or how religious and political coexistence and cooperation are promoted or inhibited. These stories will be developed for delivery on multiple platforms — print, radio, TV, and online. At the completion of their projects, several fellows will be invited to spend three days in residence at USC to present their work, hold master classes for journalism students, and give public lectures for the USC community.

Staff reporters, affiliated freelancers, and self-employed Web journalists working in the United States or abroad who cover politics and social and cultural issues are encouraged to apply, as are religion specialists and generalists.

Successful applicants will be awarded stipends ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to subsidize their travel, living, and miscellaneous costs.

For more information about the Knight Luce Fellowship and/or to apply, visit the Annenberg School for Communications & Journalism Web site.

Social Science Research Council Invites Applications for Public Engagement Programs on Muslim Societies
Deadline: December 3, 2010
The Social Science Research Council has announced the availability of grants to support public engagement by academic experts on Islamic traditions and Muslim societies. The program is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York in order to promote better public understanding of Muslim societies.

The program seeks to encourage projects permitting the dissemination of academic research on Islamic traditions and Muslim societies to targeted constituencies, with particular emphasis on media and policy makers. With this program the SSRC looks to nurture the public relevancy of area studies research by promoting strategic partnerships that will break down barriers and build connections between academic researchers, journalists, policy makers, and practitioners. The SSRC also seeks to assist faculty in developing the necessary skills they require to be able to engage specialized non-academic audiences on the topic of Islam in the world.

Funds are available to innovative projects that will effect change by creating robust and sustainable capacities for public and policy engagement on university campuses. Projects that include strong faculty participation and leadership will be given funding priority, as will projects that disseminate expert knowledge born of context specific research. While there are no geographical restrictions to the regions that can be addressed by projects, it is anticipated that approximately 40 percent of the awards will be directed toward projects that bring scholarly expertise to bear on political and social issues surrounding Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and/or Yemen.

Grants are available to interdisciplinary research centers on U.S. university campuses, including but not limited to Title VI National Resource Centers. Research centers are eligible to apply individually for grants of up to $50,000 each, to be used over a period of fifteen months. Extraordinary projects involving multiple collaborating centers or universities may be considered for grants of up to $100,000 each. The program anticipates giving out approximately $1.1 million in total awards in this grant cycle.

Visit the SSRC Web site for complete program guidelines.

Journalism Internships in Istanbul, Turkey

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2011

The Istanbul Project is offering several journalism internships in Istanbul, Turkey, as part of a one-month foreign correspondent training program there this summer. The program runs from June 23-July 21, 2011.

Graduating seniors, graduate students and young professionals are eligible to apply.

The internship program runs in tandem with The Istanbul Project’s taught program in foreign reporting

Interns are welcome to attend all program classes, in Turkish language and culture, international reporting and videography. Classes are held in the mornings. In the afternoons, interns will work on stories for their assigned publications.


The Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review (formerly the Turkish Daily News)

Each afternoon, you’ll work as a reporter at Turkey’s oldest English-language daily. You’ll be assigned by the editors, and will produce stories under their guidance.


You’ll write a minimum of four feature stories about issues in Turkey for the former World Press Review, now a large global affairs digital magazine based in New York CIty. You’ll work under the supervision of Worldpress’ web editor in New York, with the assistance of Istanbul Project faculty.

Global Information Network/ Interpress News Service

Interpress is a global notforprofit news service, founded in 1997 to focus especially on developing country issues, and to circulate in Latin America, Asia and Africa. You’ll write a minimum of four feature stories about Turkish issues, under the guidance of editors in New York, drawing upon the assistance of Istanbul Project faculty.

Note: As in all journalism, magazines are never obliged to publish your stories. It is up to you to generate work that meets the publication’s standards.

For more information on:

The internships:

The Journalism in Turkey Program

To Apply:

Questions? Please contact Prof. Mary D’Ambrosio, the program director, at

Jobs of the Month

Social Media Consultant, The Press Institute

The Press Institute is hiring a Social Media Consultant to assist us with our new Content Syndication project. Qualified candidates will be well versed in using social media to further a social cause and disseminate information and a quality news product.
Send your resume and short introdution to
The successful applicant will recieve a 3 month contract.

Community Manager, North Jersey Media – Woodland Park, NJ

North Jersey Media Group is seeking a Community Manager to be the driving force behind’s online community-building effort. The Community Manager will engage with and grow the active-user community; cultivate user-generated content; promote site functionality for user interaction, and act as a teacher and advocate for community strategy and administration best practices. The position requires thorough knowledge of interactive web technology (particularly with regard to web content management, moderation tools, and social media outreach); a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; at least two years related experience working online at a media organization, and strong interpersonal skills for online and in-person interaction with the public. Experience in journalism and familiarity with programming practices and concepts preferred. The job can have a varied work scheduled, including weekend and evening hours. If interested, send a resume, a cover letter and your five best work samples to: Douglas Clancy, Assistant Managing Editor, The Record, 1 Garret Mountain Plaza, PO Box 471, Woodland Park, NJ 07424-0471.

Freelance Contributors, – Park Slope, Brooklyn

Kristen Brown (a 2008 NYU journalism graduate) has been hired to be the editor of the new in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The site is expected to launch in early December. Kristen is actively seeking freelance contributors interested in writing both hard news and features for the site. If you’re interested, you can check out the neighboring site at Payment starts at $50 a story and goes up from there. Interested folks can send their resume and three clips to Kristen at

Assistant Professor, Ball State University – Muncie, IN

The Ball State University Department of Journalism is currently seeking an Assistant Professor. This is a tenure track position teaching courses in multimedia storytelling, writing and editing across platforms,  communication theory, research methods and management. The complete description is available  at,,64982–,00.html .

Editor,  – New York, NY

This position is responsible for generating story ideas; reporting and writing both hard news and feature articles on issues related to the job market and career management in the securities industry and financial services sector; and managing freelancers and developing editorial schedules. This position reports to the managing editor.

Essential functions:

  • Daily updating of eFinancialCareers
  • Development of sources throughout the investment and financial industries
  • Reporting of hard news and feature articles for eFinancialCareers, including video interviews of subject-matter experts using Flip or similar device, and identification and analysis of industry hiring and salary trends
  • Develop followings on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media networks
  • Proof read and copy edit articles by freelance writers and perform basic quality-control checks on postings to the website
  • Editing and production of weekly e-mail newsletters
  • Reply to user e-mails and comments

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Miscellaneous duties as assigned
  • Some contributions to Dice, AllHealthcareJobs and other company websites

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Degree in journalism, finance or related fields
  • Work experience with investment or financial firm preferred
  • Strong reporter with minimum 4 years experience, coverage of financial services preferred
  • Understanding of securities industry and corporate finance
  • Familiarity with blogs, video blogs and other areas of online publishing
  • Familiarity with website management and production tools such as blogging services and Photoshop.
  • Self motivation and ability to work under deadline pressure
  • A sense of humor

This position is based in Manhattan and may require a modest amount of travel.

Qualified candidates should send resume to:

Human Resources

4101 NW Urbandale Drive

Urbandale IA 50322

Fax: 515-313-2457

Reporter, The Record – Woodland Park, NJ

The Record‘s business department is seeking a Reporter I to cover small businesses and entrepreneurs in North Jersey. The candidate should be a self-starter who is current on trends and issues that affect small business, able to produce daily stories and enterprise from the beat, and cover breaking business news on a wide variety of topics. Candidates should have a firm grasp of business fundamentals and a strong interest in developing his or her expertise. Weekly responsibilities include a Sunday story focusing on small business issues and a Tuesday profile of entrepreneurial new businesses. The candidate also will be expected to produce major enterprise for the Sunday business section and A-1. A minimum of two years of daily reporting experience, or its equivalent, is required. We highly value candidates who can develop their own stories and who can explain complex topics with clear, concise, and compelling writing.  If interested, please send resume, clips and cover letter.  Days/Hours: Varied work schedule

Contact: Bill Donnellon, Business Editor, The Record, 1 Garret Mountain Plaza, PO Box 471, Woodland Park, NJ 07424-0471.

Reporter, The Record –  Cresskill, NJ

The Record has an immediate opening for a Reporter II to cover Bergen County municipalities. We’re looking for a self-starter who can break news as well as cover breaking news, propose and execute enterprise ideas, spot significant regional trends and move quickly and surely to contribute developing stories to the Web. The ability to write clean, clear and accurate copy is critical. And of course, we’re looking for a team player who will complement and enhance the excellent work of our current team of municipal reporters. A minimum of three years of daily reporting experience, or equivalent, is required. If interested, please provide a resume, a cover letter (explaining how you would succeed in the beat) and your five best clips.   Days/Hours:  Varied work schedule

Contact: Deirdre Sykes, Assistant Managing Editor, The Record, 1 Garret Mountain Plaza, PO Box 471, Woodland Park, NJ 07424-0471.

Night Rewrite Reporter, The Record – Woodland Park, NJ

The Record has an immediate opening for a full-time rewrite Night Rewrite Reporter (Reporter II or Specialty Writer depending on experience). We’re looking for a skilled writer who can respond immediately when a big story breaks – fulfilling all manner of roles that include taking feeds from reporters in the field to weave into a definitive account or contributing to that coverage through interviews, research and contacts. We need someone who is adept at handling an array of overnight assignments, both big and small, sometimes juggling several at once. A sense of urgency, speed, strong news judgment and a truly collaborative nature are key. So, too, is the ability to stay on top of news in both North Jersey and New Jersey so that he or she can jump into a developing story without missing a beat. And for those times when news isn’t hopping, we want someone who can find strong enterprise story ideas and execute them with flair and depth. A minimum of three years daily reporting experience, or equivalent, is required. If you’re interested, please provide a resume, a cover letter (explaining how you would succeed in the beat) and your five best clips.  Days/Hours:  Afternoon and night hours

Contact: Deirdre Sykes, Assistant Managing Editor, The Record, 1 Garret Mountain Plaza, PO Box 471, Woodland Park, NJ 07424-0471.