The Scoop | Alumni Newsletter

Spring 2013

Note From the Editor

Dear alumni,

Even though the weather outside is snowy and cold, we have our minds on the summer. This summer, The Local, our current neighborhood blog (in collaboration with the New York Times) will evolve into an online media platform with a larger geographic scope. With our new partner, New York Magazine, students will now be covering all of downtown Manhattan and the ever-increasingly cool Brooklyn neighborhoods.


With professors teaching classes such as FoodNY and StyleNY it will be an exciting place to be for any budding high school or college-aged journalist.  Please spread the word if you know any teen or twenty-somethings that might like to participate.


Additionally, we will be running the 35th year of our Urban Journalism Workshop, a ten-day program that we offer, free of charge to high school students to encourage diversity in the journalistic realm. Students learn the elements of reporting and crafting a story and are exposed, through field trips and class visits, to life as a journalist. You can see some of their stories from last year at the online newspaper The Spectrum. Every year we fundraise to pay for dorms, food, and teaching salaries for this program and we could use your help. Consider making a tax-deductible donation of $100, $50, or $25 to help us reach our goal of $30,000.


This year we are hoping to identify co-sponsors to underwrite a named scholarship for one student, at a cost of $1,500, to enable a talented young person to experience this enriching program. We would be honored if you would consider sponsoring a scholarship in your name or of someone you wish to honor. If you can make a donation of any amount, please send a check, payable to the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, to the address below:

c/o Kate Panuska

20 Cooper Square, 6th floor

New York, NY 10003

Just a couple of quick points — make sure you check out our upcoming events! This spring promises to offer some exciting speakers as well as a spring alumni mentor dinner. Alumni are always welcome to attend events at 20 Cooper.

Let me know what you’re up to these days and, for the recent December grads, keep up to date with us on our Facebook page.

All the best,



Top Stories

This past fall’s Media Mingle event had a record number of professionals attend to meet current students and pass along words of wisdom. Several of our alumni were there to lend a hand: Patrick Doyle (B.A. ‘11), Assistant Editor at Rolling Stone; Greg Howard (M.A. Magazine ‘12), staff writer at The Village Voice; Sarah Springer (M.A. NewsDoc ‘12), Production Associate at Good Morning America; and Taj Tsonga (M.A. ‘11), Producer at The Wall Street Journal. If you’d like to participate in next year’s Media Mingle, contact our Director of Career Services Sylvan Solloway (B.A. ’96),, she would be happy to get you involved.

VOXXII, a digital media outlet promoting the role of Hispanics in the nation, profiles alumna Maria Burns Ortiz (B.A. ’03) as one of the few Latinas covering sports at such outlets as and Fox News Latino.


Career moves

Congratulations to Nina Ibarra (M.A. NewsDoc ’09) who recently moved from CNN to an Associate Producer at Bloomberg TV.

Joining the Capitol File Magazine’s Washington office as Associate Publisher is Heather Zahn (M.A. Magazine ’94),  also a graduate of the University of Maryland, who most recently worked as the Director of Membership & Marketing at the private City Club of Washington.


Alumni bylines


Roland Li (B.A. ’10) had his first byline in The New York Times this past fall writing about the uptick in hotel room construction in New York City. Here’s to many more to come.


Kwanwoo Jun (M.A. RTN ’11) has been prolific for the Dow Jones Newswires. He recently wrote his 401st piece for the Dow Jones Newswires and 30th published by The Wall Street Journal. (You’ll need a subscription to access the article.)


Sabine Heinlein (M.A. Magazine ’07) spent two and a half years at a West Harlem halfway house to chronicle the lives of three men who were released from prison after serving several decades for murder. She chronicles her experience in Among Murderers: Life After Prison coming out this March. Sabine will also be speaking about the reporting and writing of her book on April 22 at 20 Cooper Square. Mark your calendars!


Lindsay Krasnoff (M.A. GloJo ’02) recently released her book, The Making of Les Bleus: Sport in France, 1958-2010. A detailed look at France’s quest to create world-class football and basketball teams to exert soft power during the Cold War period.


Upcoming Events


Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

A Screening of “Red Hook Summer”
A screening of “Red Hook Summer,” a film by James McBride, Distinguished Writer in Residence. The movie will be followed by a discussion. Food and drink will be available throughout.


Monday, March 04, 2013, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Focus on Ireland and the Women Calling the Shots
Great films, dramas and documentaries continue to be made in Ireland year after year, and the world is watching. Titles like VikingsThe TudorsAlbert Nobbs and The Summit are just a handful of examples. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we shine a spotlight on women who produce and direct in Ireland and the US and tell stories connected to Ireland. Find out what the producers have to say about Ireland as a location destination and review the wide range of incentives and tax credits available to co-productions.


Thursday, March 07, 2013, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

A Conversation with Dan Baum
A conversation with Dan Baum about his new book, Gun Guys, a road trip through armed America. To see more of his work, take a look at his website or article in Harper’s Magazine, “Happiness is a Worn Gun,” August, 2010.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

A Conversation with Peter Canby

Peter Canby is a senior editor and the head of the fact-checking department at The New Yorker. He is the author of The Heart of the Sky: Travels Among the Maya and numerous magazine stories.




GSAS Master’s Alumni Association

The Graduate School is happy to announce the creation of the GSAS Master’s Alumni Association in response to the increase desire from students to remain connected after graduation. Created by the Master’s College and the alumni Program Board leaders, the Master’s Alumni Association mission is dedicated to establishing connections between master’s students throughout the NYU global community beyond graduation. Alumni members can stay connected by activating a free ten-year membership to the GSAS Master’s College Alumni Association by visiting and completing the form. Membership offers invitations to alumni events and all social events hosted by the Master’s College throughout the year.

2013–2014 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship

Application Deadline: March 1, 2013


One resident fellowship is awarded each year to a distinguished foreign correspondent or editor. The Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow spends nine months full time in residence at CFR’s headquarters in New York. The program enables the fellow to engage in sustained analysis and writing, expand his or her intellectual and professional horizons, and extensively participate in CFR’s active program of meetings and events.


The program is only open to applicants who have distinguished credentials in the field of journalism and who have covered international news as a working journalist for print, broadcast, or online media widely available in the United States. Applicants are limited to those individuals who are authorized to work in the United States and who will continue to be authorized for the duration of the fellowship. CFR does not sponsor for visas.


Fellowship Award: The program awards a stipend of $65,000 as well as a modest travel grant. The fellow is considered an independent contractor rather than an employee of CFR, and is not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.


Application Deadline: Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can Apply Online between January 1 and March 1, 2013.


For More Information: Contact or 212.434.9740.