The Scoop | Alumni Newsletter

February 2011

Note from the Editor

Good morning alumni!

As the spring semester kicks into high gear, and students are making their summer plans, we’d like to ask for your help. Now is the perfect time to meet and greet a budding journalist and offer your advice to these young reporters. With internships decisions around the corner, we’d like to offer our students the chance to ask experienced writers their questions.

We will be hosting a light dinner for all New York city mentor volunteers. Come and join up with one of our students on Monday, February 28th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at 20 Cooper Square. In this face-to-face meeting, you’ll be able to provide students with guidance such as: how to get noticed as an intern, how to pitch clips to future employers, and which types of internships are most helpful to landing a job.

A big thank-you to all volunteers who have been connected with a student this past year. I would like to extend a special invitation to you so we can meet in person.

If you are interested, please fill out this form with your career information.

And rsvp to:

Thanks and see you there!


Top Stories

Journalists Sound Off On Post-Mubarak Egypt (NY1 Online)

Watch Professor Mohamad Bazzi and Egyptian columnist Mona Eltahawy opine on what the fall of Mubarak means for the future.

NYU’s Studio 20 Creates Innovative, Collaborative Hothouse (Mediashift)

The goals of the joint venture between ProPublica and NYU Journalism’s Studio 20 are to improve the art of explanation and to share what is learned with the journalism community.

Congratulations to Professor Susie Linfield. Her recent book, The Cruel Radiance, is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in the Criticism category.

Adjunct Professor Alexis Gelber has been named one of the spring 2011 Joan Shorenstein Fellows at Harvard University.

Compliments to NYU’s Distinguished Writer in Residence Pete Hamill who was named BWAA 2011 Liebling Award Winner.

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange: ‘Anarchist,’ ‘agitator,’ ‘arrogant’ and a journalist (The Washington Post)

Professor Adam Penenberg clarifies the definition of a journalist and why Julian Assange fits the bill.

Alumni in the News

Kudos to current student Carol Kuruvilla (B.A. 2011). She won this year’s Overseas Press Club award.

Sabine Heinlein (M.A. Magazine 2007), whose weekly blog on Sunnyside, Queens, was featured in The Scoop, was awarded the 2010 American Literary Review Award for her nonfiction story “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Look for jazz singer-songwriter Rondi Charleston (M.A. 1989) in your area this spring as she heads out on a nationwide concert tour. As a graduate of both Juilliard and the master’s program in Journalism she has become a success in both fields.

Maria Bartiromo: More Than Money (Success Magazine)

A profile on CNN Money’s Maria Bartiromo (B.A. 1989) and how she defines success.

Alumni Bylines

Not Quite a Reporter, but Raking Muck and Reaping Wrath (The New York Times)

Tim Stelloh (M.A. Magazine 2007) writes about and the attention that the blog draws from local citizens.

Culinary Comfort in a Tumultuous Middle East (The New York Times)

Annia Ciezadlo (M.A. Newspaper 1999) is a foreign correspondent whose book focuses on the culinary traditions of the Middle East.

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 28, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor

Meet-and-greet for alumni mentors and their students.

Monday, February 28, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, 20 Cooper Square, Room 750

Roundtable Discussion for Community Contributors to the LEV

Please join us for our monthly roundtable discussion.

Tuesday, March 01, 6:00 – 9:00pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor

Inside-Out: Exploring Your Inner Geek For Fun and Profit

A conversation with Jennifer Ouellette, author of The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse.

Wednesday, March 02, 5:30 – 7:00pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor TV Studio

Primary Sources: Coverage in Context

Deborah Amos is a reporter covering the Middle East for NPR. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and authored the books Eclipse of the Sunnis: Power, Exile and Upheaval in the Middle East and Lines in the Sand: Desert Storm and the Remaking of the Arab World.  Amos will be in conversation with Marc Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University, where he is the Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies.  He is the author of Voices of the New Arab Public: Al-Jazeera, Iraq, and Middle East Politics Today, and under his pseudonym Abu Aardvark edits Foreign Policy Magazine’s Middle East Blog.

Saturday, March 05, 10:00 – 12:00pm – High School Students; 1:00 – 3:00pm – Undergraduates, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor

The Hyperlocal Newsroom Summer Academy Open House

Please join us for the Hyperlocal Newsroom Summer Academy Open House on Saturday, March 5th. Participants and their family are invited to see the facilities, meet the faculty, and learn more about this exciting program. Light refreshments will be served.  More details about the Academy may be found here.


Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program

Deadline: February 22, 2011

The Phillips Foundation in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to advancing the cause of objective journalism. The foundation’s Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program seeks to support journalists who share the foundation’s mission to advance constitutional principles, a democratic society, and a vibrant free-enterprise system. The fellowship program is supported by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Fellowship recipients will undertake a one-year project of their choosing focused on journalism supportive of American culture and a free society. In addition, there are separate fellowships on the environment, the benefits of free-market competition, and law enforcement.

Working journalists with less than ten years of professional experience in print or online journalism are eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The foundation awards $50,000 full-time and $25,000 part-time fellowships. Full-time fellowship winners are expected to devote their energies to the one-year fellowship and should not be employed elsewhere. Part-time fellowship winners may continue employment during the term of their one-year fellowship. The fellowships begin on September 1, 2011.

Visit the Phillips Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines, application procedures, and information on previous fellowship winners and their projects.


The Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism

Deadline: May 16, 2011

The Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism each year takes 10 journalists near the start of their careers and helps them work through an ambitious reporting project in print, Web-based, or radio journalism, from the beginning through publication or broadcast. Fellows meet together twice during the year, once in the fall on the Middlebury College campus in Vermont, and once in the spring at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, in California. At these meetings professional journalists help participants plan their reporting and shape their stories. Fellows each receive $10,000 to help with reporting and living expenses during the fellowship year. We interpret the environment broadly—reporting projects dealing with economics, culture, global issues, and the like should center in some way on the human relationship with the physical world.  Applicants should visit, or write Emily Peterson at Proposals should be received no later than May 16, 2011 and be sent to Christopher Shaw, Axinn 309, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753.

Writers wanted for The Society for American Baseball Research
The Society for American Baseball Research Business of Baseball committee is seeking volunteer writers for a book on the history of the baseball winter meetings.  Writers would receive a byline and short bio for 1-2 chapters.  Each chapter will cover a particular winter meeting and run approximately 1,000-2,000 words. Timing for completion of the work is flexible. Baseball knowledge is not a requirement, though would likely be helpful.  Research and writing skills are needed.

For more information, individuals can contact Steve Weingarden at For more information about SABR, individuals can visit

For more information about the SABR Business of Baseball committee, individuals can visit

Chicago Community Trust Announces Local Reporting Initiative Grant Program

Deadline: February 21, 2011

The Chicago Community Trust has announced the creation of a one-year local reporting initiative to stimulate a wave of new reporting and analysis of important issues affecting low-income communities on the south and west sides of Chicago.

The CCT Community News Matters program seeks proposals for a series of local reporting awards to fund original reporting and fact-based analysis in 2011. The funded work will focus on how important issues facing the city, county, and state are affecting or will affect residents of low-income neighborhoods on the south and west sides of Chicago. The program is designed to add significant amounts of new information to the local news ecosystem. All proposals must involve original reporting or original data analysis, not just aggregation or opinion about news reported by others. Winning projects should provide coverage either for or about the target communities.

Eligible applicants are news organizations or outlets with journalistic expertise (print, broadcast, cable or online, both traditional and emerging); community organizations with expertise in the target communities; nonprofit organizations or policy groups with expertise in issues affecting these communities; individuals (from involved citizens, to freelancers and bloggers, to new-media entrepreneurs) who are passionate about these communities and have ideas about stories and issues that matter to them; and collaborations among organizations, companies, and/or individuals.

Grants will be for $2,000 and $10,000 each. A total of $110,000 will be awarded.

Visit the CCT Web site for complete program information and application procedures.

Link to Complete RFP

Job Openings
Assistant/Associate Professor of Advertising, Department of Journalism, Ball State University – Muncie, IN

The Department of Journalism in the College of Communication, Information, and Media at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., has an opening for a tenure-track assistant/associate professor in advertising.

Tenure-track faculty position available August 19, 2011, in the nationally recognized advertising sequence in the ACEJMC-accredited Department of Journalism.  Responsibilities:  teach undergraduate courses in principles, advertising strategy, campaigns, creative and skills classes; publish scholarly research in related areas; provide counsel to the award-winning American Advertising Federation student chapter.  Minimum qualifications:  master’s degree or higher in advertising, communications, marketing, strategic studies, or related field; three years of professional advertising-related experience; defined research agenda.

Preferred qualifications:  doctoral degree in advertising or terminal degree in related field; substantial undergraduate teaching experience; solidly defined scholarly research agenda with corresponding publication record; working knowledge of creative and digital media usage in advertising.  The department is housed in state-of-the-art facilities with the latest professional technology in the classrooms and labs.

Send letter of application, current vita, transcripts of highest degree earned, and the names and contact information for three references to:

Professor Michael Hanley
Search Committee Chair
Department of Journalism
Ball State University
Muncie, IN  47306

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Ball State University Department of Journalism website:

Part-time Journalist, Forbes Magazine – New York, NY

Job Requisition No. 223.

Description: Part-time position for a journalist to oversee multiple foreign-license editions of Forbes magazine. The ideal candidate is very familiar with the U.S. edition and has proficiency in reading Russian; knowledge of Polish and Ukrainian, or Turkish, is helpful.  The job requires reading through a dozen different foreign-language publications each month, judging the quality of the stories both in terms of their execution and their consonance with the overarching goals of Forbes Media – celebrating entrepreneurial capitalism, chronicling the successes and setbacks of movers and shakers in business communities around the world (with the exception of Asia)—and reporting to a managing editor at Forbes magazine. Because it is impossible to expect fluency in the tongues of all editions (Russian, Polish, Arabic, Turkish, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Slovakian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Croatian, Latvian and Greek), candidates should be able to tap freelancers whom they can call on to assist with the oversight of various editions.  Hours and salary to be determined.

Intern, Minnesota Public Radio, Marketplace – Los Angeles, CA

To apply, email a resume and cover letter to   Indicate position #520-11, Intern, Marketplace.

Position Summary:  Award-winning Marketplace is public radio’s daily magazine of business and economics. Airing weekday mornings and evenings, it boasts the largest audience for any business program in the U.S. on radio, cable, or network television. Marketplace has an excellent internship opportunity for students and recent grads who have an active interest in journalism.  Marketplace Interns will be compensated $10 per hour.  Parking or bus pass reimbursed. Resumes will be accepted year-round. Please indicate your availability when applying. This is a minimum 15 hour a week internship and will run through summer (June through August) with the possibility of renewal.  Application Deadline for Summer Positions:  May 1, 2011

Learn and perform a variety of production, research, and editorial tasks, including cutting tape.

•            Write show promos, daily station updates, and other materials.

•            Contribute ideas for stories and other editorial material.

•            Conduct pre-interviews for on-air guests.

•            Database and web projects.  Required Education and Experience:

•            Undergraduate students who have completed at least 1-year of journalism coursework or have a demonstrated interest in journalism (i.e. produced work for publication, worked at school newspaper/radio, etc.) or

•            Graduate students who are enrolled in a journalism program or

•            Those who have recently graduated from a journalism program (within one year).

•            Work study programs can be honored as long as the goals of the program fit in with internship duties and requirements.

•            Must have the ability to write, meet deadlines, and work independently.  •            Must have strong organizational and communication skills.

•            Proficient in Microsoft Office products with the ability to learn new software programs.

•            Self-starter with an appetite for learning radio.

•            Coursework or experience in radio

Media and Advocacy Manager (MAM), CHF International – Latin America

Media and Advocacy Manager needed for an anticipated USAID-funded program working with Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities in rural and urban areas to improve their socio-economic, cultural and political conditions.  The MAM will be responsible for formulation and implementation of external communications strategies for pro ethnic (including Afro-Colombians and indigenous) advocacy and outreach through all kinds of social and popular media, particularly television.  S/he will develop campaigns and strategies directed toward the general public, corporations and minority populations.     Qualifications

·         Bachelor’s Degree in media relations, journalism, marketing, communications or related field; Masters Degree preferred.

·         Minimum of five years of experience working directly with media outlets in an international development setting. Experience working in Colombia and Latin America preferred.

·         Experience planning and implementing organizational events that educate the public, press, as well as diplomatic, government, nonprofit and donor communities.

·         Experience working with and managing PR agencies preferred

·         Superior written and verbal communication skills.

·         Solid computer skills including word and data processing to meet job specific reporting and communication needs.

·         Fluency in Spanish and English, written and oral Colombian citizens encouraged to apply

To apply for this job, applicants should visit our website or click on this link:

Opportunities at The Jersey Journal – Jersey City, NJ

The Jersey Journal in Jersey City has several open opportunities for journalists:           *A full-time mo-jo reporting position is available for a candidate with web experience: ferreting out news; posting with an eye toward search-engine optimization; aggregating; taking photos and setting up galleries; shooting and uploading videos. Salary is commensurate with experience.

*A full-time, nine-month photo/video internship opening in March is geared toward recent grads with previous photojournalism internships. The intern documents news, features and sports and posts galleries and videos. Past high school sports shots must be included in applicants’ portfolios.

*Part-time page designers and copy readers are needed for the paper’s fast-paced features and news desks. Both regular and occasional spots are available.           To apply for any of the posts, contact Managing Editor Margaret Schmidt at; 30 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306, or (201) 217-2480.

Editorial Assistant, The New York Times Syndicate – New York, NY

While there is a significant clerical component to the job, we consider our EAs to be editors-in-training, responsible for maintaining news wires and copyediting columns. Other duties include providing support to partner newspapers and magazines, answering queries about rights to articles, and website maintenance.

EAs are often granted considerable responsibilities if they demonstrate consistent attention to detail, abilities as a copy editor and line editor, and a general commitment to excellence. EAs are paid on an hourly basis, with benefits. Fluency in a second language, particularly Spanish, is a plus, as is knowledge of Excel, Photoshop, InDesign and other programs. Start date is March 1.


The New York Times Syndicate

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume asap to

Technology Reporter, Dow Jones – New York, NY

Company Description is a new career site in the digital network of the world’s leading business publication, The Wall Street Journal. FINS is a daily online resource for finance, technology and sales and marketing professionals, combining great job listings with career-oriented industry news, company profiles and employment advice.

Dow Jones seeks a Technology Reporter in New York for its new careers website,, to focus on writing about careers, people, and news in the technology industry. This individual will be expected to break news on employment trends, people moves and hiring among the largest technology companies, including Google, Facebook, Apple, IBM, etc. He/she will also be expected to cover opportunities for employment among technology startups and be responsible for a daily column. A minimum of three years business reporting experience is preferred. The successful applicant will be energetic, imaginative, deeply interested in technology business news and trends and capable of building sources on a beat. Familiarity with Web publishing systems and social media tools a must.

-Bachelors degree or equivalent experience
-Minimum of three years of business reporting experience
-Experience in a fast-paced, news-driven environment
-Comfort working in a Web environment


Dow Jones

To Apply

Email resume and writing samples to content leader Jeremy Greenfield at:

Executive Producer, Digital, – Miami, FL

NBC Local is hiring a top digital editor for The Executive Producer – Digital is responsible for running the city web site, overseeing a team of deputy and assistant editors, as well as freelancers, and coordinating contributions from across the NBC Miami newsroom. The editor will produce the homepage and main verticals of the web site, write and edit articles, produce videos, and create slideshows, along with aggregating a wide-variety of stories from other local sources. The editor is responsible for ensuring the voice, tone and mix of content fits with the overall editorial strategy.  Applicants must be very strong writers and have at least four years experience as an editor, senior producer or writer at a major news organization. Applicants also must have at least two years experience managing editors, writers and bloggers and/or freelance contributors. Beat reporting experience in Miami and/or Florida is very desirable.

To apply email: Gregory Gittrich, NBC Local Media Vice President of Digital Content and Creative / Editor-in-Chief, at