The Scoop | Alumni Newsletter

September 2013

Top Stories

Professor Jay Rosen’s essay “The ‘awayness’ problem” is the cover story for the Columbia Journalism Review this month. It is part of a package that asks the question: “what is journalism for?”. This is a direct (this is, acknowledged) reference to his 1999 book, which was called, What are Journalists For? You can find the editors introduction to the package here.

Professor James McBride’s new book The Good Lord Bird receives a glowing cover review in New York Times’ Book Review section. Check out his illuminating Q&A.

The Way of All Flesh (Harper’s Magazine)
Professor Ted Conover’s cover story about being a USDA meat inspector (originally only available in Harper’s magazine) can now be read at, a site that makes it easy to find great articles by many writers. Byliner costs $9.95 a month – but the first two weeks are free, and if you cancel before they’re over, you can read his meat article (and lots of his other work) without charge.

Arthur Carter, a former adjunct professor and current NYU trustee and chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Faculty of Arts and Science, has launched his new website, highlighting his artistic skills. You may recognize one of two of his works from our space at 20 Cooper Square.

Alumni Bylines

Shahan Mufti’s (M.A. GloJo ’08) new book The Faithful Scribe: A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family, and War is out September 24th, 2013. Mark your calendars! Shahan will be speaking at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute on Monday, November 4th.

Delivering – and Writing and Editing – News from the Homeland (The Wall Street Journal)
Louie Lazar’s (M.A. RNY ’12) article about Grigore Culian, the man who brings Romanian news to New York, is published in The Wall Street Journal.

W J O’Reilly (M.A. ’74) is hosting and co-producing “The K-12 Conversation” with PBS affiliate WVIA-TV. The pilot has been shot and is in development.

Career Moves

Nieves Zuberbuhler (M.A. GloJo ’13) began as News Associate at CBS News, and has recently moved to “60 Minutes” as Bill Owen’s Assistant.


October 26, 2013 – Journalism Conference

The AP in conjunction with Fordham University’s Department of Communication and Media Studies and WFUV-FM have put together a full-day conference (for student journalists and early-career journalists) featuring working journalists and leaders from The New York Times, AP, CBS-2, WNBC-TV, WNET, New York Public Radio, ProPublica, The Guardian, ESPN Radio Network and other media outlets. The keynote speaker is the president of NPR. This not-to-be-missed event also includes sessions on entrepreneurial journalism, ethics in the digital ago, sports reporting and more.

Register here by September 27th
Attendance is free, but space is limited so participants must register to guarantee admission. Those who want lunch must pay $7 in advance.


October 7, 2013
7:00 – 9:00 pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor

Screening of The Network

Filmbuff, The Huffington Post and NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute Present: A Special Screening of The Network
A Documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Eva Orner that looks inside Afghanistan’s first independent television network: TOLO TV.

October 10, 2013
7:00 – 9:00 pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
Live interview of Gay Talese
Max Linsky, co-founder of will engage in an hour-long exchange with author Gay Talese. Talese is one of the pioneeres of “New Journalism,” a form he helped make prominent as a writer for the New York Times and Esqure in the 1960s.

October 17, 2013
6:00 – 8:00 pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor

A Conversation with Mark Leibovich

Mark Leibovich, New York Times Magazine writer and author of the recent New York Times bestseller, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! – in America’s Guilded Capital will be speaking with us.

October 24, 2013

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

Join us for a conversation with David Sassoon, the founder and publisher of the pulitzer prize winning, non-profit Startup: InsideClimate News.

November 13, 2013
6:00  – 9:00 pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor

NewsDoc Alumni Reunion – Featuring 10 Emmy-nominated NewsDoc Alumni



Fellowship in International Human Rights, Human Rights Watch – NY, DC

Application Deadline: October 16, 2013

For recent graduates of law schools or graduate programs in journalism, international relations, area studies, or other relevant disciplines from universities worldwide.

Alan R. And Barbara D. Finberg fellowship – Established in memory of Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg, early supporters of Human Rights Watch (HRW), this fellowship is open to recent graduates (at the Master’s level) in the field of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies. Graduates with LL.B. degrees or advanced degrees in other relevant disciplines may also be considered.

Fellows typically work full-time in Human Rights Watch’s New York or Washington, D.C. office or in some instances another location. The Finberg Fellow works full-time for one year with Human Rights Watch.

Fellows monitor human rights developments in various countries, conduct on-site investigations, draft reports on human rights conditions, and engage in advocacy and media outreach aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations.

Past fellows have conducted research and advocacy on numerous different issues in countries all over the world. Recent examples include projects on: police corruption and access to justice in Liberia; accessibility for people with disabilities in Russia; youth in solitary confinement in US prisons; hazardous child labor in artisanal gold mining in Tanzania; police abuse of gay men in Kyrgyzstan.

Applicants must demonstrate a strong background in international human rights and be committed to building a career in human rights. Research experience, including experience conducting interviews, ideally in the context of human rights research, is required. Field experience in human rights work is strongly desirable. Applicants must have exceptional analytic skills and excellent oral and written communications skills in English. Proficiency in one language in addition to English is strongly desired as is familiarity with countries or regions where serious human rights violations occur.

Prospective fellows must be recent graduates of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies, or must provide evidence of significant, comparable, relevant work experience. (Please see our Frequently Asked Questions section for the specific requirements of the various fellowships.)

Fellowships begin in September 2014.

Salary and Benefits:
The salary for the 2013-2014 fellows in US $55,000, plus excellent employer-paid benefits. The salary for 2014-2015 is currently under review and may be increased.

How to Apply:

Please send resume, cover letter, two letters of recommendation, an unedited, unpublished writing sample (no legal briefs, please) and an official law or graduation school transcript (applicants in one-year graduation programs should supply an undergraduate transcript with a list of their graduate school courses) to by October 16, 2013. Applications should be sent by e-mail, under single cover (in one e-mail) and preferable as one PDF file (or, at a minimum, as separate PDF files) with the name of the fellowship in the subject line.

Business Reporter, Axial News – New York, NY

Axial operates the world’s most active online network for professionals who operate, advise, finance, and acquire private companies. Each week, more than 200 private companies confidentially connect with more than 13,000 different financial intermediaries, capital providers, and strategic acquirers. Professionals join Axial to expand their network, confidentially source and share opportunities, and gain access to capital, advice and relationships that help them and their organizations succeed. Current active opportunities on Axial represent more than $41 billion in revenue, with more than 75 transactions closing each month as a result of connections made on the network. Axial in headquartered in New York, NY, and is backed by Redpoint Ventures and First Round Capital.

Job Description:

Business Reporters at Axial focus on covering news of significance on the people, companies, and transactions that are occurring across every industry in the middle and lower middle market. These categories, which sit above main street but below the Fortune 500, are truly the beating heart of the American economy. You will be covering stories on unknown and under-covered entrepreneurs, the providers of capital who have financed their companies, and you’ll have an opportunity to report on and analyze closed transactions in these markets. Stories and content on related macro-economic trends or regulatory changes are also in play.

– Produce original news and content on the markets we cover and serve.
– Develop influential and credible sources for news across a wide range of subjects.
– Manage a pipeline of stories an content that combines both daily coverage and features.
– Ability to take news/interviews beyond simply reporting what happened, focusing on the narrative opportunity and the people behind the news.
– Develop and test strategies for how to continually improve the quality and reach of your content, as judged by readership growth, 3rd party references, and contributions to site traffic.

– BA degree, preferably in Journalism or English.
– 3+ years of reporting / journalism experience.
– You absolutely love to write and publish.
– A genuine interest in covering and serving the markets we cover.
– Ability to link all activities to key metrics and audience growth objectives.
– Motivates to reach individual and team goals; works extremely well in a team environment.

How to Apply:
Please apply via “Business Reporter” job link on our careers page:

Cook Editor, Spanfeller Media Group – New York, NY

Job Description:
The Cook editor is responsible for managing the Cook and Best Recipes pages and newsletters (twice-weekly for Cook, daily for Recipes), and overseeing and managing the section’s Recipe editor to achieve a minimum story count of 100 stories and recipes a week. The position’s core daily responsibilities include writing, building, and editing stories and recipes, and recruiting recipe contributors to build a comprehensive recipe database.


Other duties include managing the channel’s calendar a month out, recruiting a managing full-content RSS feeds, assigning articles to freelancers, coordinating with the dev team, and balancing workload to include daily articles, weekly portal-friendly content, and monthly tent-poles.

This is a fast-paced job for a self-starting quick writer/editor, preferably someone who knows other writers or knows how to recruit them to their efforts. The Cook editor is also responsible for recruiting, reviewing, and cataloguing new cookbooks, and coordinating with the Entertain editor to launch and manage recipe content around holidays and special events.

– Self-starting multi-tasker with a proven ability to reach that reader in creative and unique ways.
– Ability to work efficiently in a very fast-paced environment.
– Experience in an editorial environment, preferable a daily or online with daily deadlines.
– Background in reporting and fact-checking strong, compelling stories.
– Ability to write/edit interesting, pithy copy on a variety of culinary trends and topics.
– Excellent planning/time management, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
– Software knowledge: Proficiency in social media.
– Experience writing recipes, and for a diverse, mainstream audience.

How to Apply:
Email resume and cover letter to

Sharon Jautz
Vice President, Human Resources
Spanfeller Media Group, Inc.