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Fall 2011

Note from the Editor

Welcome back!

The Institute usually goes quiet in the summer months, but not this year, with the inauguration of our new Hyperlocal Newsroom Summer Academy. The program filled our space with more than 100 students — high school juniors and seniors, college-bound freshman and college-aged students made up the group. As we had hoped, the program attracted those with prior journalism training or experience or those seeking to learn the basics, who were tracked by age group and skill level. They spent an intensive, immersive six or twelve weeks reporting, writing and using multimedia tools to explore one of New York’s most exciting neighborhoods, The East Village. Some opted for classes in essay writing or for a seminar in great journalism about the city, which we also offered. The whole program revolves around The Local East Village, NYU Journalism’s thriving year-old collaboration with The New York Times. Several students saw their bylines and video reporting prominently featured on the Times site. Student work also was prominently showcased on our VillageBeat site and there were plenty of informal and organized opportunities to sample the food, entertainment, historical and other cultural riches of one of New York’s most iconic neighborhoods. If you know a budding high school or college student who wants to spend an exciting summer in the city, getting college credit and learning our craft, information about the 2012 academy can be found here.

Fall will be as busy as usual, with several key events to put on your calendar.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and we have put together a remarkable panel on the reporting of that day, The Journalism of 9/11 – A Decade Later. This day-long event will cover topics such as Editing 9/11, Reporting of WOULD TAKE OUT OF 9/11, and the Journalism of the Aftermath with notable guests such as Ed Kosner, former editor-in-chief of the Daily News; Paul Steiger, former editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal; Caroline Miller, former editor-in-chief of New York magazine; and Soledad O’Brien of CNN among others.  A full list of activities can be found here.

Then, on November 2nd, we are hosting a fundraiser for the 30th anniversary of the Urban Journalism Workshop. The UJW, a ten-day journalism workshop for high school students, has been a labor of love for our faculty for three decades. Each year, we raise enough money to supply housing, teaching staff, and equipment for the students coming to the program. The guests at our event will include Ti-Hua Chang, Pete Hamill, Bob Herbert, Spike Lee, James McBride, Soledad O’Brien and the faculty of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. There will be a special performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Jourdan Urbach.

On December 1st, we will celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the Journalism department of NYU.  Come celebrate this milestone with us! It will serve as a chance for alumni of many decades to return and reconnect with each other and the Institute.



Top Stories

New Tool, and Tune, for Tracking Fracking (The New York Times)

Studio 20 has a hit! Featured in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Time magazine, Media Bistro, the Atlantic, and the New York Daily News, Studio 20 graduate students produced a song about the issue of fracking, a method of extracting natural gas.  The song is a musical way of generating interest in a major work of journalism, which is ProPublica‘s investigation of the dangers of fracking, and the politics of regulating it.

The Invisible Army (The New Yorker)

Sarah Stillman a current visiting scholar and the inaugural recipient of the Institute’s Reporting Award, had her piece published in the New Yorker this summer. Using funds from The Reporting Award, Sarah traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan to investigate the plight of foreign workers on U.S. military bases there.

Jane Velez-Mitchell (B.A. ’77) recently released her book, Addict Nation: An Intervention for America and was interviewed here for the Mother Nature Network.

Congratulations to Habib Battah (M.A. GloJo ’10). Habib Battah, a Lebanese journalist, won the “Investigative Report” category for his article: “Return to the Valley of Jews,” published on the English website of the Qatari channel ‘Al Jazeera’. The article investigates the Lebanese Jews, their relation with Lebanon, and what the Jewish quarter in downtown Beirut has become.

CNN appoints Ellana Lee  as vice president, Asia Pacific news (

Lee (M.A. NewsDoc ‘97), who was the managing director of CNN Asia Pacific, will now be responsible for all of CNN’s operations including on-air news, online news and feature programming across the region.

Professor Yvonne Latty (M.A. ‘90) was recently recognized by the NCEW Diversity Committee with this year’s Barry Bingham Sr. Fellowship. As one of the few awards that the organization bestows, the Bingham award is especially important in efforts to nurture and grow the diversity of voices in journalism.

If you have news, bylines or career moves to share, send it to

Alumni in the News

Read an interview with Bianca Posterli (B.A. ‘07), who has the glamorous job of interviewing and tweeting about the models of the fashion world for Modelinia.

Janet Mock (M.A. ’06), feature writer at People magazine, released an inspiring video in the It Gets Better series about her experience as a transsexual woman.

From Bus Boy to Song Writer (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Hal David (B.A. ’43) made a circuitous route to songwriter through journalism school, eventually writing such hits as “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head” and “What the World Needs Now.”

Guardian of the Pines (The New York Times)

Alum Andrew Kirtzman (B.A. ’83) has taken a hiatus from his journalism career to invest in the preservation of Fire Island’s unique gay culture.

Interview with CBS Business News Anchor Alexis Christoforous (The Hellenic News of America)

For the past nineteen years, Alexis Christoforous (B.A. ’92) has played a vital role in the business and financial news-reporting scene. Read the interview with her here.

Honeymooners creator dies (The Wall Street Journal)

Producer, writer and director Leonard Stern (B.A. ’45), who created, with Jackie Gleason, the iconic TV series “The Honeymooners” as well as almost two dozen other series and 12 films and was also a leader of the Producers Guild of America, died this past June in Los Angeles. He was 88.

The Black Carrie Bradshaw, Demetria L. Lucas Releases New Advice Book “A Belle In Brooklyn”

As a popular, award-winning blogger, life coach and editor for Essence magazine, Demetria L. Lucas (M.A. Magazine ’01) has seen it all regarding dating and love—as both a relationship chronicler and as a professional woman navigating the waters of singlehood in New York City.

Riddhi Shah (M.A. CRC ’10) has won the South Asian Journalists Association award for Best Student Writing for her story for The Boston Globe on karaoke and literacy.

Patrick Range McDonald (M.A. Magazine ’94) Named Best Print Journalist of the Year by L.A. Press Club; LA Weekly Takes Home 6 More Awards (L.A.

This was the third consecutive year Patrick has been a finalist for Journalist of the Year, and the first year that he won.

2011 NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Awards
Kudos to Reporting the Nation’s Meredith Bennett Smith (M.A. RTN ’11) for winning second place in NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Award for her compelling piece on transgender rights in the aftermath of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

Obituary: Reba Yurman Roberts, 77  (

Twice named Rohnert Park Woman of the Year and honored as Grand Marshal of the Founder’s Day Parade, Reba Roberts (B.A.’56) was known to nearly everyone in town.

Alumni Bylines

Remembering to Remember: Three Photojournalism Icons of the Bosnian War (

Joscelyn Jurich (M.A. CRC 04) spent much time in Bosnia Herzogovenia before and after the war. Here she offers her critique on three of the war’s powerful photojournalists.

Secret Desert Force Set Up by Blackwater’s Founder (The New York Times)

Emily Hager (M.A. SHERP ’04) normally does videography for the Times but has been writing lately, too. She recently co-wrote a story that led to a Page One on Blackwater.


The Genius of Buster (The New York Review of Books)

Jana Prikryl (M.A. CRC ’04) writes a critical essay on Buster Keaton in the New York Review of Books.

Only In The Hamptons: A Garage Sale For The Wealthy (Forbes)

Elizabeth Fasolino (M.A. ’95) writes about this not-to-miss garage sale. Be sure to put it on your calendar for next year!

In Panama, a Respite for People and Pelicans (The New York Times)

Freda Moon (M.A. Magazine ’06) continues her travel reporting from Central and South America, this time in Toboga, Panama.

Searching for Dad in the Fun House of Memory (More)

Claudia Valentino (B.A. ’81) searches from Brooklyn to Vietnam for some truth about her father, and herself.

Theo Thimou (M.A. ’99), who has been working in Atlanta for Cox Radio since graduation,  recently had the opportunity to co-write a book with the nationally syndicated consumer advocate Clark Howard. The book is titled Clark Howard’s Living Large in Lean Times was released this August and grabbed the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List this past weekend.

Career Moves

After working as a beat reporter at the Merced Sun-Star, a McClatchy daily in California’s San Joaquin Valley, Jonah Owen Lamb (B.A. ‘2006) has moved to an assistant city editor position at The San Luis Obispo Tribune.

John Paul McDonnall (B.A. ’04) recently joined the metro copy desk at the Chicago Tribune, where he frequently edits stories for Page 1 and the cover of Chicagoland.

McCann Erickson hired Eleftheria Parpis  (B.A. ’90) in the newly created post of chief brand editor, responsible for both the New York and London offices of the Interpublic Group agency. In her new role, she will be responsible for “journalism-based” content to showcase the agency’s work.

Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews (M.A. ’84) was named Vice President, CBS News, in this past spring. In her role, she coordinates all day-to-day news coverage, foreign and domestic. Previously, Ciprian-Matthews served as CBS News’ Foreign Editor.

With a Journalism minor, French major, Alexandra Vallis (B.A. ’05)  is senior digital editor at Food and Wine.

Ad Age Promotes Ann-Christine Diaz to Creativity Editor (Advertising Age)

Ad Age is pleased to announce Ann-Christine Diaz (M.A. Magazine ’99) has been promoted to Creativity Editor, where she will lead all coverage of the advertising creative and production industries, design and digital creativity.

Upcoming Events

Friday, September 9th, 2011: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor

The Journalism of 9/11 – A Decade Later

A day-long discussion of the September 11, 2011 attacks and it’s aftermath. The event, which will feature some of America’s top broadcast, print, and photojournalist reporters and editors who covered the attacks of that day.

10 to 11:30 a.m.
Editing 9/11, moderated by Pete Hamill
Ed Kosner, Paul Steiger, Caroline Miller, and Michael Oneskes

12 to 1:15 p.m.
CNN Coverage of 9/11, “Beyond Bravery, The Women of 9/11”
Produced by CNN for Soledad O’Brien’s “In America” series. Introduction by Professor Jason Samuels.

2  to 3:30 p.m.
Reporting 9/11, moderated by Meryl Gordon
Geraldine Baum, Chris Smith, Melinda Murphy, and Christian Martin

4  to 4:45 p.m.
The Photography of 9/11
David Handschuh
4:45 to 5:30 p.m.

NYU student footage taken on 9/11/01, edited by Professor Marcia Rock.

5:30 to 7 p.m.
Aftermath of 9/11, moderated by William Serrin
Jim Dwyer, Michael Daly, Rosemary McManus, and Juan Gonzalez

Presented by the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information on upcoming NYU Journalism events.

Job Openings

Editorial Writer – Woodland Park, NJ

The Record’s Opinion Department has an opening for a full-time editorial writer. The candidate should have an ability to write clear, tight editorials with a definite point of view. Our editorial focus is North Jersey, and we comment most frequently about regional issues. Ideally, we are looking to add a moderate/conservative voice to our page. The candidate must be able to work in a collegial atmosphere, write quickly and pitch in where needed in the department. An editorial writer occasionally is asked to edit and proofread columns, letters to the editor and Sunday Opinion pieces. He or she also will participate in editorial boards with a variety of newsmakers, including candidates for public office.  Candidates should have at least three to five years newspaper experience, or equivalent. If interested, send a cover letter, resume and your five best writing samples to Alfred Doblin, Assistant Managing Editor/editorial page. 8/26/11

Days/Hours: Varied work schedule

Contact:  Alfred Doblin,

Reporter – Woodland Park, NJ

The Features Department, serving The Record and the Herald News, has an opening for a full-time, entry-level reporter. This reporter will produce engaging stories that explore a variety of topics, but generally concentrate on how North Jersey residents live, shop and entertain themselves. In general, the reporters must initiate, research, report, interview and write news features on their beat and generate trend stories. The skills and experience required for this position include: Ability to write stories, especially feature stories where tone and language are key components. The ability to write critically and in an engaging manner is essential.  Ability to identify stories that have the greatest potential to engage readers in North Jersey.  Ability to work with the Features’ department senior management in formulating strategies to capture readers and the ability to carry that strategy out.  The successful candidate must have at least two years of daily newspaper reporting experience, or equivalent. Hours may vary and may include working occasional weekends as part of a schedule rotation.

Days/Hours: Varied work schedule

Contact:   Send a cover letter, resume, and your five best clips to Douglas Clancy,

Co-Editor, NACLA – North American Congress on Latin America – New York, NY

NACLA is a progressive independent organization, founded in 1966, dedicated to increasing understanding of social conditions and social movements in Latin America and the Caribbean and of U.S. involvement in the region. We do this primarily through NACLA Report on the Americas and our website, NACLA Report on the Americas is the most widely read English language publication on Latin America and is a two-time winner of the Utne Independent Press Award for Best International Coverage.! NACLA is committed to a diverse workplace and welcomes applications from women, LGBTQ candidates, people of color, and people of various physical abilities.

The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) seeks a full-time
co-editor to produce our bimonthly magazine on Latin American politics and U.S.
relations with the region, NACLA Report on the Americas ( The
ideal candidate will have a strong background in magazine
journalism as well as Latin American studies. Working together with a
co-editor in our New York office, the candidate will perform the following

* Planning, in consultation with an Editorial Committee, a year¹s worth of
thematically focused issues

* Assigning and editing all sections of the magazine

* Collaborating with the other co-editor on copyediting, fact-checking, and
proofreading all sections of the magazine

* Photo and illustration editing, caption writing

* Maintaining an editorial internship program (at least one intern per

* Collecting author contracts and performing post-publication duties,
including uploading each issue to our website, handling contributor payments
and thank-you letters, and maintaining general author communications

* Planning events in the New York area to promote the magazine, such as
author lectures or media appearances

Salary: $35,000. Full health and dental coverage. Start date: September 2011
(if not sooner). Minimum one-year commitment.

Required qualifications:

* Copyediting experience, preferably with The Chicago Manual of Style

* Solid research skills and familiarity with fact-checking

* Excellent written English

* Knowledge of Latin American politics and history, as well as U.S. policy
toward the region

* Familiarity with Macintosh computers and the editing tools in Microsoft

* Compatibility with the goals and perspective of NACLA

Preferred qualifications:

* Fluency in Spanish

* Academic training in Latin American studies

* Familiarity with Adobe InDesign

* Knowledge of HTML and online content-management systems

How to Apply
Send resume, cover letter, and two writing samples (published or otherwise)
to No phone calls, please. Deadline: Friday, September
16, 2011.

Women, people of color, LGBTQI, and people of various physical abilities are
strongly encouraged to apply.


Web site:

Copy Editor, Dow Jones – Singapore

Dow Jones Newswires ( is a leading supplier of real-time global economic, corporate and resources news to financial professionals across five asset classes: equities, fixed income, foreign exchange, commodities and energy. It has a network of 21 news bureaus in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dow Jones Newswires is looking for a copy editor to join the Money Pod of the Singapore Global Desk. The successful candidate will edit breaking news headlines and stories from around the Asia-Pacific on macroeconomics, policy news, currency and fixed income for Newswires and The Wall Street Journal.

How to Apply
To apply, please visit and search for job number 100001494. Please attach a resume and some examples of your work.
(Only short-listed candidates will be notified)

Staff Reporter, Dow Jones – Singapore

Dow Jones Newswires ( is a leading supplier of real-time global economic, corporate and resources news to financial professionals across five assets classes: equities, fixed income, foreign exchange, commodities and energy. It has a network of 20 news bureaus in the Asia-Pacific region.

We are looking for an ambitious reporter to cover happenings in one of Southeast Asia’s most dynamic economies. The job involves reporting on the country’s conglomerates, which are among the most aggressive in the region, and related economic issues. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated ability to cultivate and work sources to break news and package stories that are suited for multiple platforms, including print.
The applicant must have the ability to work in a fast-moving environment with tight deadlines. Strong communication and interpersonal skills and an excellent command of written and spoken English are a must. Candidates should have previous reporting experience at a news wire, newspaper or magazine. Exposure to financial news will be a definite advantage.

How to Apply
To apply, please visit and search for Job Number 100001311. Please attach a resume, cover letter and any relevant clips to your online application.
(Only short-listed candidates will be notified)

Reporter, Law360 – New York, NY

Law360, published by Portfolio Media, Inc., is an online daily newswire that covers breaking legal news for a sophisticated audience of lawyers at firms, corporations and government agencies. We have quickly become a dependable resource for legal practitioners. Law360 credits this success to its employees; dedicated to providing trusted and concise around-the-clock news coverage.

To thank our team, we strive to offer a fun and casual work environment, providing flexible work schedules, opportunities for professional growth, and free lunch on Fridays! These efforts have been highlighted in NY Enterprise Report’s “Ten Great Entrepreneurial Places to Work” (

To learn more about our company and current vacancies, please visit our website (

Law360, published by Portfolio Media, Inc. is an online daily newswire that covers breaking legal news for a sophisticated audience of lawyers at firms, corporations and government agencies.

We are currently looking for talented Reporters to join our NYC editorial team!

On a typical day reporters at Law360 will file four stories. These stories will cover an array of practice areas, including mergers & acquisitions, private equity, real estate, project finance and capital markets.

Required experience includes;
•    BA/BS in Journalism;
•    Two years of paid, full-time reporting experience or relevant graduate degree;
•    Demonstrated reporting, writing and organizational skills;
•    And an interest in business and legal issues.

Preferred experience includes;
•    Graduate degree;
•    Experience in news reporting (AP Style), covering legal, regulatory affairs, or business news;
•    Or working with daily deadlines.

Law360 offers extensive training on legal topics. A legal degree or legal reporting experience is not required. However, professional reporting experience and strong writing and analytical skills are required to succeed in this job.

Law360 provides a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, paid time off, 401(k), and tuition remission; a casual and flexible work environment; and opportunity for growth.

Please note; qualified candidates will be asked to complete writing and reporting tests electronically. No special scheduling or relocation considerations will be given to candidates outside the metropolitan area.

Portfolio Media, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply
To apply for this job:


Freelance Researcher, Budget Travel magazine – New York, NY

Budget Travel magazine is hiring a part-time freelance researcher to work in our New York office. Responsibilities include fact-checking columns and features, and working closely alongside the research chief during closes.
Requirements: At least two years of fact-checking experience, preferably at a consumer travel publication. Must have great attention to detail, be well-organized and an expert at juggling several assignments at once. Foreign language skills (Spanish or French) a plus. Competitive rate offered, long-term opportunity.
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and a resume to


Full-time writer/editor, Blood Sweat and Cheers – New York , NY

Blood, Sweat & Cheers is bringing recess back by finding crazy competitions, awesome events and fun workouts. Our two editions (National and New York) deliver witty, 150-word articles to subscribers’ inboxes. Articles are carefully researched, reported and written as front-of-book magazine pieces. We are the ultimate authority on “play lifestyle culture,” and we live what we cover.
Do you like playing beer-league softball as much as watching the big game with friends? Do you spend weekends hiking, competing in obstacle course races and updating your fantasy sports team? Blood, Sweat & Cheers is looking for you to be our writer/editor.
Role and Responsibilities:
•    Write well-reported, properly copyedited and hilarious copy on deadline
•    Manage two editorial calendars, keep your ear to the ground and generate two unique, under-the-radar story ideas daily
•    Efficiently brainstorm click-worthy email subjects, witty magazine-style headlines and SEO-friendly headlines
•    Integrate SEO best practices into editorial copy
•    Live and breathe “play lifestyle culture,” have an eye for style and trends in sports gear and fashion
•    Have a stable of freelance writers that you can occasionally turn to for assignments
•    Have working knowledge of HTML and Photoshop
•    Have experience coordinating public relations initiatives
•    Have a basic knowledge of advertorial best-practices
•    Be a highly-organized, self-motivated worker who thrives in a fast-paced environment, stays cool under pressure and enjoys problem solving
•    Take pride and ownership in everything you do and be a team player who helps out coworkers in a jam

Culture and Compensation:
BSC Media, LLC offers a creative, fun, fast-paced and intellectually stimulating work environment at our office in Tribeca. Compensation is competitive and includes company equity.
How to Apply
To Apply:
Send a cover letter, resume and four published clips to Subject must be: “BSC Writer/Editor Job Application.”

For more job listings, visit the Career Services section of the Journalism website.