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April 2011

Note from the Editor

It seems as if spring is finally here! Warm weather is around the corner and the white trees are in bloom around the East Village. In just a month our halls will empty for a few days, only to be filled with eager students, trying their hand for the first time at hyperlocal reporting. If you or someone you know is interested in learning skills such as multimedia reporting, data mining, or working a beat, consider taking the class this summer.

You may already be well-versed in the intricacies of the hyperlocal news world, in which case you should mark your calendar for our Hyperlocal Summer Conclave. The panel includes paragons of the hyperlocal news world David Dahl, Debra Galant, Bob Kempf, Michele McLellan, Jay Rosen and Jim Shachter.

If you have extensive knowledge of hyperlocal reporting, consider applying for the open position of LEV editor. Rich Jones, our fearless leader, has pioneered the way through the first year of publication. We are reviewing applications now and encourage alumni with familiarity of the East Village to apply.

I’d like to send a big “thank you” to all of the alumni who made it to Professor Ludlum’s going away party. Your words and presence were incredibly touching and it was a lovely evening. To the alumni who commented on our Facebook page, you were not forgotten! Your sentiments were projected throughout the party so, if you weren’t able to be there in body, you were there in spirit. Check out snapshots from the party below and on our Facebook page and please add your own photos.

If you were a student within the past four years, or have taken advantage of our alumni career counseling services, then you have probably had the pleasure of working with Pam Noel. Regretfully, Pam will be leaving the Institute for other opportunities. She has been a tremendous force in strengthening our career services department and will be sorely missed. Luckily, we have alumna Sylvan Solloway (B.A. ‘97) to take her place as Associate Director of Career Services. To this point, we will have to fill Sylvan’s former position of career counselor. See the job listings below for full details.

Until next month,

Kate

Top Stories

Jina Moore is the second recipient of the Journalism Institute’s annual Reporting Award. As the 2011 Reporting Award recipient, Moore will investigate “vulture funds”—distressed-debt investors who purchase the delinquent debt of foreign countries.

Christiane Amanpour – Technologic Advances and Journalism on Vimeo
Christiane Amanpour spoke at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute about the role of ever-accelerating advances in technology and the changing face of broadcast journalism. Watch the video here.

Congratulations to Professors Mike and Elizabeth Norman who will receive the 2011 Stephen E. Ambrose Oral History Award for their hit book Tears in the Darkness, published in 2009.

Alumni in the News

Read an interview with Hillary Kerr (M.A. Magazine ‘03) one of the founders of the successful fashion website, Who What Wear.

Nikki Dowling (B.A. ’10), education reporter at The Riverdale Press, won 2nd place for in-depth reporting for the Suburban Newspapers of America contest. The majority of her investigation into special education was for her investigative journalism class last year. Congratulations, Nikki!

Megha Bahree (M.A. GloJo ’04) recently won the Overseas Press Club’s Frank Morton award for best business reporting from abroad for magazine for a story on the Naxal clash in India.

Amanda Cantrell (M.A. Magazine ’01) recently appeared on the Today show and CNBC’s Squawk Box, discussing how much money hedge fund managers made in 2010. The story (which reported that the top 25 hedge fund managers earned a combined $22 billion in 2010) was also covered in the New York Times, Reuters and Bloomberg.

If you’re living Down Under, check out alum James West (M.A. NewsDoc ‘08) who will be speaking at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Ivan Pereira (B.A. ’07) has been racking up the awards. This past year, he won three prizes in the 2010 New York Press Association’s Better Newspapers Contest; second place for best news story, which focused on the mugging of a homeless man who came to the aid of a woman who was getting mugged; second place for best spot news story, about the stabbing of a Muslim cabbie by a man who allegedly attacked him for his religion; and third place for best feature series, for feature articles that looked back at the one year anniversary of the swine flu outbreak.  In addition, the entire staff of the TimesLedger newspapers in Queens came in first place for best news series for coverage of the Haiti earthquake and its impact on the borough.

Alumni Bylines

Lynn Tilton: Is She Really a Billionaire? (Forbes.com)

Jenna Goudreau (B.A. ’08) tries to unravel the mystery of exactly how much Lynn Tilton is worth.

Career Moves

Christina Rogers (M.A. RNY ’05) recently made the move to the Motor City, taking a gig as the auto reporter at The Detroit News. After years of living car-less in New York City she now drives amazing cars for her job.

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 2nd, 2011: 6:00 – 8:00 pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor

Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Pete Hamill’s Book Launch: Tabloid City

Pete Hamill is synonymous with New York City journalism. As former editor in chief of both New York tabloids and author of the classic New York novels Downtown and Forever, among many others, Hamill knows his subject like no one else.

TABLOID CITY by Pete Hamill chronicles the extraordinary drama of one fateful day in the greatest city in the world.  The novel opens with a sensational double murder: socialite Cynthia Harding and her personal secretary, Mary Lou Watson, are found stabbed to death in Harding’s exclusive Manhattan town house.  In the twenty-four hours that follow, their shocking deaths generate a storm of activity.

Sam Briscoe, the gruff, 71-year-old editor of the fictional New York World, stops the presses. Meanwhile, an NYPD detective investigates the killings. A bold young reporter chases the scoop.  A disgraced hedge-fund manager tries to flee the country. An Iraq veteran seeks payback.  A desperate immigrant turns to her last resort. And an angry extremist plots a deadly attack.

These characters and more are affected by the gruesome tragedy, and their paths intersect in surprising ways. Their stories range all over New York, from the swank Upper East Side to a Brooklyn tenement, from the legendary Chelsea Hotel to the glossy new nightclubs of the Meatpacking District, time-stamped in just one day. For them, New York City is many things: a decadent carnival, a palimpsest of memories, the culmination of their worst fears, or the launching point for all their dreams.

As much a thriller as a kaleidoscopic portrait of today’s metropolis, TABLOID CITY is a new classic from the writer whose “inspired descriptions of contemporary Manhattan are as pitch-perfect as only love and understanding, and possibly grief, can engender” (Boston Globe).

Opportunities

Barrow Minority Doctoral Student Scholarship Appliants Sought

Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Barrow Minority Doctoral Student Scholarship. The scholarship includes a $2000 award and a free one-year membership in the Communication Theory and Methodology Division (CT&M) of AEJMC.

The scholarship honors the late Professor Lionel C. Barrow, Jr., of Howard University, in recognition of his pioneering efforts in support of minority education in journalism and mass communication. Reflections on Dr. Barrow from previous scholarship winners are available in the Spring 2009 edition of CT&M Concepts, available at http://www.comm.ohio-state.edu/ahayes/ctm/Spring2009.pdf. The award is designed to aid doctoral students in journalism or mass communication programs to complete their dissertation research and academic studies. The students’ work does not need to address issues of race.

The award is sponsored by the CT&M Division and is made possible in part through contributions from the Minorities and Communication Division, the Commission on the Status of Minorities and personal donations, as well as royalties from Guido H. Stempel III, David Weaver, and Cleveland Wilhoit’s Mass Communication Research and Theory.

Minority students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are enrolled in a Ph.D. program in journalism or mass communication are encouraged to apply. Applicants need not be members of AEJMC or the CT&M Division.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of candidates’ capacity for making significant contributions to communication theory and methodology. To be considered for this scholarship, please compile the following materials in a single application package: (1) a letter outlining reserach interests and career plans, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) two letters of recommendation. Materials should be mailed in a single envelope to Mike Schmierbach, Ph.D., Barrow Scholarship Chair, Assistant Professor, College of Communications, Carnegie Building, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 OR e-mailed with a single attachment to mgs15@psu.edu.

Submissions must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2011.

Questions my be addressed to Prof. Schmierbach at mgs15@psu.edu or  814-865-9582.

American Journalism History Association Call for Award Nominations

The Sidney Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism History

The organization’s highest honor recognizes individuals with an exemplary record of sustained achievement in journalism history through teaching, research, professional activities, or other contributions to the field of journalism history. Award members need not be members of the AJHA. Nominations for the award are solicited annually, but the award need not be given every year. Those making nominations for the award should present, at the minimum, a cover letter that explains the nominee’s contributions to the field as well as a vita or brief biography of the nominee. Supporting letters for the nomination are also welcome.

Distinguished Service to Journalism History Award

The Distinguished Service to Journalism History Award recognizes contributions by a journalist who has made an extraordinary effort to futher our understanding of, and our abilty to explore,  media history.  Nominations for the award are solicited annually, but the award need not be given every year. Those making nominations for the award should present, at the minimum, a cover letter that explains the nominee’s contributions to the field as well as a vita or brief biography of the nominee. Supporting letters for the nomination are also welcome.

Nomination materials for both the AJHA Kobre and Distinguished Service to Journalism Awards need to be sent to MIke Conway, Indiana University, School of Journalism, Ernie Pyle Hall, Rm. 200, 940 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405 by May 6, 2011.

Questions? mtconway@indiana.edu or 812/856-1371.

Job Openings

On-Camera Talent – Several Markets throughout the U.S.

Metro Television is growing in several markets!  The positions would include daily on-camera reporting and interaction within morning or late day newscasts. We are seeking experienced on-camera television talent to supply traffic reporting services in the New Orleans, Hartford, Oklahoma City, Washington DC, and Charlotte markets, to name a few!    Candidates must be able to perform duties in a fast paced, constantly changing news room environment.  The traffic reporter must be able to work in tandem with news & traffic operations to assemble the traffic reporting scripts which air in short duration segments (30-60 sec reports).   The reporter is responsible for assembling maps & overlays to construct a show for air in a point and click windows environment. Ideally, candidates will have a minimum of 3 years of on camera television experience and/or 3 years of radio traffic reporting experience, but quality of work is just as important! To be considered for this position, please include your resume and a web link to your resume reel that showcases your reporting.  Please also indicate the market(s) in which you are interested. Application materials can be sent to Bari Buksbaum, Manager of Corporate Human Resources, bari_buksbaum@westwoodone.com. We offer an impressive compensation and benefit package including health, dental and vision, 401(k) Plan, and much more.  We are an equal opportunity employer M/F/D/V.

Editor, The Local: East Village – New York, NY

The deadline for full consideration is April 29, 2011

The NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute seeks the next editor of the New York Times-NYU Local East Village. The ideal candidate is an experienced, energetic journalist with strong online credentials and a record of exercising the highest editorial values and standards, who will join the NYU faculty in the position of Visiting Assistant Professor on a renewable one-year contract. In addition to year-round editorial and supervisory responsibility for this growing community news and information site, the successful candidate also will team-teach one Hyperlocal Newsroom class per term fall and spring and engage students and faculty with the project; supervise the paid summer graduate interns over the summer months; engage editorially with all students in the NYU Hyperlocal Newsroom Summer Academy, and participate in related Institute- and community-sponsored events. Blog responsibilities are year-round and include reporting, editing and posting; supervising part-time staff and freelancers; engaging with community contributors; soliciting copy and managing its flow; editing and oversight of all daily text and multimedia posts; managing and helping grow community outreach and engagement with the project; directing major enterprise and technical and editorial innovations; coordinating and collaborating with editors at The New York Times, with which the site is jointly published, and orchestrating the project’s social media outreach. The successful candidate will be well-versed in WordPress, Web and blog culture, and in serving the needs of a growing, ambitious community site with the twin goals of 50 percent community authorship and a leadership role as an innovator in the hyperlocal space. The ideal candidate already lives in the East Village or vicinity or is willing to relocate to accept the post. The start date is August 1. Please send resume and links — no attachments, please — to leveditor@gmail.com. Application deadline for full consideration is April 29, 2011, but we will accept applications until the position is filled. NYU is an equal opportunity employer.

Visit Richard Jones’ blog post on The Local East Village about the position and his experiences.

Copy Editor, The Record – Bergen County, NJ

The Record has an opening for a full-time copy editor on the news/features copy desk.  Duties include:  Editing staff and wire copy for style, clarity, accuracy, fairness, objectivity, completeness, organization, consistency, freshness, smoothness and libel;  enhancing readability of copy, taking a reader-centric approach; Writing engaging headlines for stories, pictures, illustrations and graphics; writing accurate, complete and creative caption information for photographs, illustrations and graphics; writing effective Web heads, captions and summaries; and ensuring accurate Web tagging.  Two years of newspaper editing experience preferred. Reporting experience a plus. Varied work schedule. If interested, send a cover letter, your five best work samples and a resume to Douglas Clancy, Assistant Managing Editor, The Record, PO Box 471, 1 Garret Mountain Plaza, Woodland Park, NJ 07424.

Web Editor and Deputy Web Editor, The American Lawyer – New York, NY

The American Lawyer is a prize-winning monthly magazine that reports on the business of the major law firms in the United States and, increasingly, around the world.

We are looking for a Web Editor its Web site.

The Web Editor will be responsible for assigning and editing daily online content, both breaking news and commentary, for the Web and daily newsletters, as well as coordinating with other Web sites in the company and the monthly print magazine. The web editor should have a thorough understanding of the importance of The American Lawyer brand to its influential, thought-leading consumers.

Requirements Include:
– Bachelors Degree or equivalent work experience.
– Must have demonstrated multi-media/platform experience.
– Five years of experience as a business journalist; experience with legal affairs desirable.
– Excellent writing and editing skills, as well as familiarity and high comfort level with technology.
– Must be highly detail oriented & organized.
– Ability to work well under pressure in a fast paced environment.
– Must have high energy, sharp editorial judgment, and a good eye for design.
– Ability to work well with a variety of personalities and contribute to an overall collaborative environment.
– Familiarity with content management systems and blogging platforms is desirable.

How to Apply
ALM places a high value on employees and strives to be an employer of choice. To that end we offer competitive salaries, professional growth opportunities, and a comprehensive selection of benefits that include: medical, dental, vision, 401(K) and life insurance options.
Qualified candidates should submit resume and cover letter with salary requirements and include position code WETA-CO in the subject line to editorialjobs@alm.com for immediate consideration
Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls or agencies please. ALM Media is an equal opportunity employer that encourages and values diversity. M/F/D/V

Website: http://www.alm.com

Career Services Specialist, NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute – New York, NY

Position Summary: New York University’s Faculty of Arts and Science is seeking a talented Career Services Specialist for the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. In collaboration with the Associate Director, this individual will guide, advise, and support the Institute’s students and alumni through career planning, decision making, and internship/ job searching processes – with a focus on print and online journalism. Assist students in analyzing their interests and skills and developing career goals. Assist with career programs including planning, marketing and implementation and gathering data to analyze program effectiveness.

Qualifications/Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Human Resources, Career Counseling, Recruitment or a related field.

Preferred Education: A degree in Journalism is preferred.

Required Experience: 2 years of experience in print/online journalism career services/recruitment or 5 years of progressive experience in print/online journalism including mentoring and coaching professionals. Also must include experience implementing programs, seminars, events, and preparing training materials.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Career planning, assessment, and job search expertise in the field of journalism. Excellent communication, presentation, writing and organizational skills. Ability to deal with a diverse population at all levels.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Photoshop, online publishing experience, knowledge of SEO (search engine optimization) techniques, social network news reporting (creating stories for Twitter, etc.), Mobile, Apps, metrics and analytics, CMS (content management system) and database skills (MS Excel and beyond). FinalCutPro, HTML, ProTools and language skills.