Attack Mentality: A Student Conference & Survival Guide
on Journalism, Media Internships & Jobs in the Age of 9.11.

Friday, March 1, 2002
The Graduate Center


"That the men of this land
may know the heritage
that is come down to them."

Upton Sinclair—Pulitzer-Prize winner, muckraker and City College class of 1897—penned these words nearly a century ago in an epigraph to his Civil War novel, Manassas.

Much has changed since Sinclair's day, but he remains a signpost for writers seeking to uphold the tradition of a free press in a new century burdened with a new kind of war. The horrific events of September 11 have highlighted the need for a vibrant, searching news media rooted in Sinclair's vigorous sense of the American heritage of freedom. With its distinguished faculty, diverse student population and tradition of service in the media capital of the world, the City University of New York is uniquely equipped for this mission.

In response to these troubled times, the Office of University Relations has prepared a unique conference for student newspaper editors, radio station managers, web publishers, video producers and students enrolled in journalism and media courses at the six community and eleven senior colleges.

"Attack Mentality: A Student Conference and Survival Guide to Journalism, Media, Internships and Jobs in the Age of 9/11" is an opportunity to learn from broadcast, print and web professionals who have generously offered their time for this gathering at the Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan. CUNY faculty from campuses throughout the city will lead the discussions.

You will hear our distinguished speakers describe how the attack on the World Trade Center has changed the media industry. You will get valuable practical advice on web design, libel law, interview techniques and more. And you will meet recruiters at our Job Fair and find out where the job, internship and career opportunities lie.

Listen as our speakers describe an exciting future when technology revolutionizes the delivery of news and information in the media capital of the world. Amid the tragedy we have endured, this is a future of great promise and opportunity. After all, we are New Yorkers, and if anything, we are survivors.


Introductory Remarks by
Chancellor Matthew Goldstein

Shortly after his election as President of the United States, Bill Clinton had lunch with Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the publisher of the New York Times. Sulzberger told the new President, “You’re probably wondering what to expect from the news media, especially the Times, so let me tell you. I’d say the best way to describe our relationship with you is to call it ‘tough love.’” Clinton laughed and said, “O.K., that’s fine. Just don’t forget the ‘love’ part.”

“Toughness” and “love” are probably the two most common traits of people in journalism and the media. The toughness to be fair, honest, and unbiased. Love for the job, and for the sacred trust it represents. With all due respect to the Peace Corps, this may be “the toughest job you’ll ever love.”

The closest I ever came to journalism was serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Mathematics and Statistics Journal at CCNY.

Of course, things have changed dramatically since those days, most particularly in the last six months. The events of September 11 and the troubled times that have followed have brought home the fact that now more than ever, we need a healthy, vital news media.

Good investigative reporting and writing are critically important in the creation of an informed citizenry. We live in a complex world filled with complicated and confusing issues. People all over the world turn to reporters and the news media on a daily basis for help in understanding the events that determine our lives. [Will Rogers used to say, “All I know is what I see in the papers.”]

While pragmatic, technological, and logistical concerns abound in media professions, we can never forget that there is a deep ethical fabric woven in all that you do. You are the people who convey information and shape ideas. Confusion and bias can inadvertently be created through inaccurate or irresponsible reporting. We rely on the media for knowledge– for clarity– for objectivity– for truth.

The City University of New York is uniquely equipped to provide the media professionals that will keep the people informed. CUNY has distinguished faculty members who are prominent leaders in the field– strong media and journalism programs– and a longstanding tradition of service in New York City, the media capital of the world.

As today’s event has also forcefully demonstrated, we also have a diverse student body with some of the brightest future professionals you will find anywhere: hundreds of student newspaper editors, radio station managers, web publishers, video producers and students enrolled in journalism and media courses across CUNY’s 6 community and 11 senior colleges.

As members of the student media, you are experiencing an exciting prelude to careers in this pivotal field. There are new technologies available now, and new ways to communicate that did not exist when I was a student. That means new challenges and new opportunities. You are gaining invaluable experience and making important contributions that will pave the way for your own future, and the future of the profession.

At this conference, you’ve had opportunities to learn and to get invaluable hands-on information from distinguished professionals in the field. You’ve also had a chance to meet with and get advice from recruiters at prominent media outlets, during the job, internship and career fair.

Adlai Stevenson once said, “The sources of information are the springs from which democracy drinks.” As members of the student media and future professionals, you represent the promise of democracy– and the free and informed exchange of information that will safeguard it in your generation, and generations to come.

This afternoon’s keynote speaker has stood in your shoes, and we are delighted that he is with us to share his perspective as one of the profession’s most accomplished individuals.

Michael Oreskes was a prodigy reporter at the CCNY campus (Class of 1975), where he was editor of the college paper (the Campus); he also received a scholarship from the Newspaper Fund, and did a summer internship at the Wall Street Journal.

After publishing a number of stories at the Daily News in the 1970s that clearly demonstrated his talents, he began his 20-year career at the New York Times, rising from metropolitan reporter to chief investigative reporter, to congressional and national political correspondent, to metropolitan editor, to Washington bureau chief, to the position he currently holds, assistant managing editor and director of electronic news.

Under his leadership, the metro desk and the Washington bureau won a total of five Pulitzer Prizes. He has directed the Times’s front-page coverage of political events such as China’s theft of U.S. nuclear secrets, the Lewinsky scandal and the impeachment of President Clinton.

Throughout his distinguished career, he has always remembered his humble origins, and made himself available for the City University and for students like you.

And now– as a special surprise– I would like to formally recognize his outstanding accomplishments by presenting him with the Chancellor’s Alumni Achievement Award in Journalism. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Michael Oreskes.

Greetings by
Executive Vice Chancellor Louise Mirrer

Good afternoon. I'm delighted to be here to welcome you to the afternoon session of this much anticipated event. The program's success, both in terms of the number of participants and the excellence of the workshops, is a tribute to Jay Hershenson and Mike Arena and to the steering committee they worked with, mainly faculty from our CUNY campuses. This kind of event is a model of what can be accomplished through the collaboration of committed people pooling their resources and talents in service of a common goal. It also illustrates the advantage of being part of a multilevel university with programs throughout the five boroughs and a perspective that considers the widest possible range of options.

This is a student conference and, as the publicity states, a survival guide on journalism, media, internships and jobs in the age of 9/11. No one could have foreseen, when that title was chosen, the kidnaping and murder of Daniel Pearl, the Southeast Asia Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal. But that tragic event must be on the minds of students considering careers in journalism and the media. Last Saturday Clyde Haberman, whom you are most fortunate to have had with you today, wrote that Daniel Pearl was doing his job, and it got him killed in Pakistan, senselessly and cruelly. He was, Mr. Haberman wrote, a man at work.

What kind of work is this that can be so dangerous? That same day, in an Op Ed article in the Times, Ann Cooper, Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, wrote that Daniel Pearl was the 10th journalist to die covering Sept. 11th and its aftermath. In fact she noted, last year 37 journalists died in the line of duty and another 118 were imprisoned. Survival guide indeed - journalism and the media professions are apparently not all about writing or broadcasting, or designing web pages.

I imagine though you've spent the better part of the morning discussing what these professions are in fact about. You've had the opportunity to attend and participate in panel discussions or workshops that provided practical advice on how to get a job, how to do the job, how not to embarrass yourself or your organization on the job and how to be the best at the job. But what is the job? Whether it's with a newspaper, a magazine, radio, television or the Internet, the job is, it seems, to ensure, that the common events of our time and the particular events of the day are remembered. The job is to use these words and pictures to shape the way people think about the world - people like you and your family, and your friends, and also people like your legislators, and Hollywood stars and starlets, and guys who play pro football, and all those people who were in your class in third grade whom you never see anymore. That's quite a large responsibility. No matter what your medium, you provide information to all these people and you are asked to do so in a way that not only helps them understand that information but gives it some meaning. If you're talented you'll tell a kind of story - a story that will make the event memorable and add to the common knowledge that people share. But your responsibility will go beyond entertaining, for even though more people will undoubtedly read or listen to or watch you if you are entertaining, you won't be all that useful, or respected, if you are not also fair and accurate. Samuel Clemens, whom we know better as Mark Twain, once said AGet your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. That may be enticing but if it becomes your byword, then you're likely to lose your byline. If you take nothing else away from your classes at CUNY I hope you'll at least take that.

I'm delighted, I must say, to see so many faculty from so many CUNY colleges participating in today's event. I know many of you are directly involved with journalism, and with the various media and communications programs at your colleges. Many of you have been, as well, working journalists, broadcasters, film makers and so on. You have, by virtue of your experience and knowledge tremendous gifts to offer your students, as well as each other. Having you here in one room reinforces Chancellor Goldstein's ideal of a truly integrated City University, a force that combines strengths to make a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. CUNY, as you know is the largest urban university in the United States. It's a great place to become involved in the media, perhaps even to focus on a kind of urban journalism. New York has wealth and poverty. It has immigration, race, politics, labor, crime, clean air and dirty air, and now, 9/11. New Yorkers have a gritty sophistication and a special way of seeing the world. And we have that New York edge. These are our strengths, and they carry over to our student body, which reflects the city's ethnic diversity, many of them minority, many foreign born, many women. Our doors are open to all who aspire to higher learning and we turn out, as you know, some wonderful graduates. That some portion of these go on to illustrious careers in the media is a tribute to our faculty and to the ideals you inspire. I hope you can use today's event as a launching pad for further collaborative activities. I am pleased to be with you today and I'd like to offer the full support of the Office of Academic Affairs for future endeavors. Thank you and enjoy the remainder of the program.









































Keynote Speaker

Michael Oreskes, assistant managing editor and director of electronic news at The New York Times since December 2000, was previously Washington bureau chief for The New York Times since May 1997. In the next two years members of the Bureau won three Pulitzer Prizes, including one in 1999 to a team of Washington reporters for stories on the theft of U.S. nuclear secrets by China. Mr. Oreskes also directed the newspaper’s coverage of the Lewinsky scandal and the impeachment trial of President Clinton and has written and spoken widely on the implications and ethical issues raised by those stories.

Before becoming Washington Bureau Chief, he served as metropolitan editor since July 1993 and as city editor since 1991. During his years as metropolitan editor, the metro desk won two Pulitzer Prizes and a Polk Award for local reporting. From 1987 to 1991, he served as congressional correspondent and national political correspondent in The Times’s Washington bureau. Complete Bio






Panel Speakers

Gregory Adamo, an adjunct assistant professor at the College of Staten Island/CUNY, is general manager of WSIA-FM, coordinator of student media and coordinator of the CUNYCAP graduate assistant program at the college. Prior to that he worked in advertising and commercial radio. He has a BA in Speech Communication from SUNY Geneseo, a Masters in Cinema Studies from the College of Staten Island/CUNY, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. His dissertation was on race and the production of culture. He is former Chair of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Board of Directors and a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University. His research interests include minorities and the media, media history and FCC broadcast regulation. Adamo has presented research papers at the AEJMC National Convention, the New York State Speech Communication Convention and the New Jersey Communication Conference. He is married and has two teenage children.

Mohamad Bazzi is a Newsday staff writer currently on special assignment covering the war on terrorism and militant Islam. Normally, he covers New York City transportation. He has reported for Newsday from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, England, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Israel and the Palestinian territories. Among the stories he has covered are: the death of Syrian President Hafez Assad, the latest Palestinian intifada and the war in Afghanistan. A graduate of the CUNY BA program, Bazzi did his undergraduate work at CUNY's Hunter College. In 1997, he graduated magna cum laude in urban studies with a minor in media studies.

Eve Burton, who teaches in the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, is a former general counsel at CNN and vice president and deputy general counsel for the New York Daily News, overseeing all First Amendment and related news and publishing matters, including libel actions, subpoena litigation, daily vetting of news and entertainment articles, copyright, trademark and licensing issues. She also led the newspaper's litigation to gain access to courts, documents and government agencies. As a senior litigation associate, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, she represented clients including Reuters, Time-Warner, national cable companies, The Daily News, Con Edison and Xerox.

Joe Calderone is the Daily News’ iInvestigations editor, helping to lead the paper’s five-person Investigations Team. He joined the News in 1995 and assumed his current post in 2000. With more than 20 years of reporting experience, he has written about a wide range of issues including health care, labor and city government. He covered the Koch, Dinkins and Giuliani administrations. Calderone helped spearhead a groundbreaking Daily News series on the city’s asthma epidemic. The five-part series in 1998 detailed the city’s failure to address the spread of the lung disease, which is the No. 1 reason children are hospitalized in New York City. The asthma series won the Deadline Club’s highest honor, the Public Service award and the Associated Press’ First Place award for Depth Reporting in New York State. The city health department made fighting asthma a top priority after the series ran. More recently, Calderone has co-authored pieces exposing understaffing in city nursing homes and abuses among lawyers appointed to protect the assets of incapacitated elderly clients. Before joining the Daily News, Calderone worked for a dozen years at Newsday and New York Newsday, where he also served on the Investigations Team. While at Newsday, Calderone was part of a group of reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for coverage of Baby Jane Doe. Calderone also teaches journalism at New York University.


Dominic Carter has been a NY1 fixture since the the newschannel launched in 1992. As co-host of NY1's nightly political show, The Road to City Hall, Dominic has interviewed every major player on the New York political scene, with numerous exclusives including former President Bill Clinton, John Cardinal O'Connor, the parents of Amadou Diallo. He took on the controversial Million Youth March organizer Khallid Muhammad, and in 2001 scooped national media outlets when he landed the very first jail-house interview with Rev. Al Sharpton. In 2000, Dominic traveled the country covering the Presidential race and the Senate election of Hillary Clinton. Dominic has been rated by the Associated Press as one of the best interviewers on television. A graduate of the New York City public school system, Dominic started his career in radio. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Cortland, and obtained his Master's degree from Syracuse University.

Alfonso A. Castillo, recipient of Newsday’s first Joseph Queen Memorial Internship for journalism students from Queens College, is the youngest writer on Newsday’s Long Island desk. He currently covers local government and previously worked out of Newsday’s Queens office, covering everything from presidential races to the death of JFK Jr. A 1999 graduate of Queens College, he is now studying in the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.


Ti-Hua Chang, an award-winning reporter with NewsChannel 4 since 1993, has reported on everything from breaking news, to in-depth investigative reports, to overseas assignments. In 1997, he was awarded the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for Passport to Kill, an eight-part series. In Passport to Kill, Chang uncovered that killers of more than 200 New Yorkers--including some children--fled to the Dominican Republic and were shielded by extradition laws and corruption. Chang also filed 24 follow-up reports that resulted in further investigation by the NYPD, the enforcement of extradition laws in the Dominican Republic and the arrest of two dozen alleged killers. He has also reported from Tel Aviv and Bosnia. Chang previously was host of his own talk show, New York Hotline on WNYC-TV 31. Winner of three Emmys, he has also received major awards from the Philadelphia, Denver and Detroit Press associations, Associated Press and United Press International.

Laura Fedele is the web site director at WFUV-FM.


Robert J. Freeman was appointed executive director of the Committee on Open Government—a New York State Agency—in 1976. He is responsible for providing advice under the Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Laws to members of the public, state and local governments and the media. He oversees the implementation of the Personal Privacy Protection Law. Mr. Freeman is a member of the New York Bar Association, the 1982 recipient of the Friend of the Free Press Award conferred by the New York State Society of Newspaper Editors, and was elected a fellow in the State Academy for Public Administration in 1995. Mr. Freeman has addressed numerous government related organizations, bar associations and media groups, has lectured at various colleges and universities, and has spoken on open government laws and concepts throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Hong Kong.

Clyde Haberman writes a New York Times column entitled “NYC.” He became a columnist on the metro news desk at The Times in August 1995 after having served as the Jerusalem bureau chief since August 1991, where he reported on Israel’s agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organization and the rise of militant Islamic terrorism. Previously, he served as bureau chief in Rome from July 1988 until August 1991, where he reported on the collapse of Communism, and as bureau chief in Tokyo from May 1983 to July 1988, where he covered a wide range of stories from the overthrow of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines to the pro-democracy uprisings in South Korea. Before joining The Times, Mr. Haberman was a reporter for The New York Post. He first joined The Times in 1964 as a copy boy while attending City College/CUNY, earning a B.A. degree in 1966. He also worked on campus as a stringer for The Times.

Rodrigo Honeywell is a designer in the Art Department of The New York Times.


Lonnie Isabel is an assistant managing editor at Newsday, responsible for foreign, national and state news. He joined Newsday in August of 1989, starting out as the paper's deputy national editor. Prior to Newsday, Isabel worked as the assistant city editor for the Oakland Tribune and was a political reporter for the Boston Globe. In 1974, Isabel received a Bachelors Degree in African history from Amherst College. In 1975, he completed his graduate studies in Journalism at Temple University and took part in their summer program for minority journalists in 1976. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Literacy Volunteers of America. He lives in Dix Hills, and has one son.

Zak Ivkovic, associate director of the CUNY Athletic Conference, is responsible for organizing CUNYAC's 22 championship events. Formerly the conference's Sports Information Director, he has written a weekly soccer column for New York Newsday and covered local soccer events. He worked for NBC Sports at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and at the 1996 Atlanta games (earning an Emmy Award). He has also worked for the last six McDonald's Championships and ESPN and ABC Sports at the 1994 World Cup. He took part in NBC's 1998 Women's World Basketball coverage, and served as assistant venue chief at the '98 Goodwill Games in New York. Ivkovic is a Mass Media graduate of Hunter College/CUNY, where he was an outstanding athlete, named All-Conference in soccer for four years. He still holds the school's single season (9) and career (20) shutout marks as a goalkeeper. Born in Yugoslavia, he resides in Ridgewood, NY.

Paul Jean is an art director at The New York Times.


Frederick Kaufman received his Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center. An assistant professor of English and Journalism at the College of Staten Island/CUNY, he has published a novel (42 Days and Nights on the Iberian Peninsula with Anis Ladron, Harcourt Brace), a book of nonfiction (Manual Alvarez Bravo: Photographs and Memories, Aperture) and articles in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, GQ, Interview, New York, Allure, Publisher’s Weekly, The Village Voice Literary Supplement, Aperture and Harper’s. Documentary filmwriting credits include Fastpitch, the grand prizewinner of the Nashville International Film Festival. He lives 150 yards from Ground Zero.


Peter Landis is news director at NY1 News, the 24-hour cable news channel serving 1.6 million homes in New York City. Landis was born in Manhattan and has lived in every borough except Staten Island. He attended grammar school, high school and graduate school (Columbia Journalism) in the city, leaving for a few short years to attend college out of state. He began his career in television news at WPIX-TV, where he worked for three years as a writer and news editor. He then spent 16 years at WCBS-TV (Channel 2) as a writer, editor, producer, executive producer and managing editor. Landis has received four Emmy Awards for coverage of local news, and was honored by the New York State Bar Association for his role in covering the Tawana Brawley case and its impact on New York City in the late 1980s. He sees his mission--and NY1's--as continually working to give New Yorkers the fairest, most balanced, in-depth coverage of the city to be found on television.


Joann Lee, director of journalism and associate professor at Queens College/CUNY, is author of Asian American Actors (McFarland, 2000), Virtual Escape, (www.onlineoriginals.com, 2000), and Asian Americans (New Press, 1992). She has written and lectured extensively on the Asian American experience and media. Her career in journalism spans over 25 years. As the first Asian American journalist hired by CNN, as well as its first New York Correspondent, she covered Wall Street, the United Nations and the courts. She was also the first Asian American television reporter to be hired for ABC and CBS local affiliate stations in Sacramento, Chicago and Philadelphia. In journalism education she was appointed as an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University. Her articles and commentaries about Asian Americans and the media have appeared in such major media as Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle, Asian Week and Editor and Publisher.

Glenn Lewis is coordinator of journalism and telecommunications, associate professor of English and faculty advisor to the award-winning student newspaper at York College, CUNY. He is also a veteran journalist and author who has written scores of articles on journalism, sports, business, education and societal trends for a variety of mediums. His work has appeared in publications like Publishers Weekly, Sport, Car & Driver, US, Seventeen, GEO, Sunday Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer among many others. He co-authored a popular health and advice book for Holt and Company, co-created The Southside Sluggers Baseball Mysteries series for Simon & Schuster, and served as founding president and creative director for Book Smart Inc. Lewis has recently written a series of Behind The Book interviews/profiles for Library Journal on legendary journalists like Walter Cronkite, Jim Lehrer, David Halberstam, Betty Friedan and Studs Terkel. His latest article was a February 15, 2002 cover story for Library Journal on author Jean Auel.

Joel Mason has been chairman of the Department of Advertising Design & Graphic Arts at New York City Technical College/CUNY since 1988, and a full-time faculty member there since 1979. He is also the designer and art director of its Journal of Urban Technology. He formerly served as design director of the New York City Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Administration and as the proprietor of his own design firm. Mason is on the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter of the American Printing History Association, and is a contributor to Color Education 2000, a project whose goal is the intergration of traditional and computer-based color technology in elementary and higher education.

Anthony Mancini is director of the journalism program at Brooklyn College where he has taught for 21 years following a twenty-year career as a newpaper reporter, primarily for the New York Post in the pre-Murdoch era. He has contributed free-lance articles to many national and local magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, New York magazine, Cosmopolitan and many others. He is also the author of seven novels, many of which have been reprinted in foreign editions throughout the world, from Japan to Finland. One of his books was a selection of the Reader's Digest Condensed Book Club and another was a Literary Guild selection.

Kathleen McElroy, deputy sports editor at the New York Times joined the Times's sports department as a copy editor in August 1991 after having served as a senior editor and national copy chief for The National since 1989. She joined the national desk at The Times early in 1998 but returned to sports in the fall of 1998. Before joining the Times, McElroy was a sports copy editor at Newsday from 1987 to 1989 and an assistant arts & entertainment editor and sports copy editor at The Austin American-Statesman from 1985 to 1987. Born in Houston, on December 23, 1958, Ms. McElroy graduated from Texas A&M in 1981 with a B.A. degree in journalism. She is married to Scot K. Meyer, a business writer. They live in Forest Hills, Queens.


John Montalvo, a resident of the Bronx, is a freelance photographer for the Queens Courier. He is studying photography and pursuing a degree in fine art at Queensborough Community College and the City College.


Paul Moses, an associate professor in the journalism program at Brooklyn College/CUNY, is a veteran New York City reporter and editor. He is a former City Hall bureau chief and city editor at Newsday and was the lead writer on a team that won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Reporting.

Aida Mysan, assistant professor in the Advertising Design and Graphic Arts Department at New York City Technical College, received her masters degree in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University . She also has taught at The New School, City College, and International Center of Photography. She is passionate about digital media, and believes preparing students for success in the 21st century is a matter of understanding digital culture.


Juliet Papa is an award-winning reporter for WINS Radio, New York City, the top-ranked all-news station in the country. She is also a regular weekly freelance reporter at WCBS-TV (Channel 2) in New York. Papa's general reporting has included assignments ranging from the Times Square Millennium celebration to special Cape Cod coverage of the death of JFK Jr. Papa's expertise involves the law enforcement community and the criminal justice system. Papa anchored team coverage of the trial and verdict in the Amadou Diallo case. Her extensive trial reporting includes the Abner Louima case, assignment to Poughkeepsie for the civil trial of the Rev. Al Sharpton, and special anchor duty for the O.J. Simpson proceedings. Papa has also covered the celebrity trials of Marv Albert, Woody Allen, and Leona Helmsley, along with the proceedings in the racially charged cases of Crown Heights, Bensonhurst and Howard Beach. She was honored by the New York Press Club for her exclusive reporting on John Gotti's murder and racketeering trial. Papa's expertise on organized crime led to the publication of The Mafia Handbook, Penguin, 1993. She has also served as a regular weekly reporter at WCBS-2.

Wayne Parchman is a student at Borough of Manhattan Community College and the editor of the Voice of the Voiceless, the student newspaper.


Clem Richardson writes the "City Beat" and "Great People" columns for the New York Daily News. In the course of his 22-year journalism career, he has worked for the Anderson Independent, the Atlanta Journal/Constitution, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Miami Herald, and New York Newsday newspapers before joining the Daily News. A native of Charleston, S.C., the Duke University graduate (Class of 1976) lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.


Geanne Rosenberg is assistant professor in the Master's Program in Business Journalism and in the Undergraduate Journalism Specialization at Baruch College/CUNY. She writes about business and law-related topics and has been published in the The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, The National Law Journal, The New York Law Journal and Editor & Publisher, among other major outlets, and has served as a contributing editor at the National Law Journal. Among her areas of specialization are media law and ethics, regulatory issues, business law, Wall Street, investment banking, corporate finance, employment law, white-collar criminal matters, intellectual property issues, cyberlaw, and the law and accounting industries. In addition, she has taught at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law. Rosenberg earned a master's at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a J.D. at Columbia University's School of Law.


Glenn Thrush is a general assignment, non-financial news reporter for Bloomberg News in New York City. After very nearly graduating Brooklyn College/CUNY, he served as an editor or reporter with the New York Observer, the New York Daily News,City Limits, Politics.com and the Birmingham (Ala.) Post-Herald. His feature articles have appeared in the New York Times magazine, Spin, New York, the Village Voice and Metropolis. He is a former adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and currently teaches investigative reporting at New York University.


Judith Watson, special assistant to CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, is the former New York bureau chief for United Press International. Prior to that, she was the New York State editor and Albany capitol bureau chief for UPI, the director of the Hoosier in Washington News Service, and a general assignment reporter for the Frankfort Times. She served as president of the New York State Society of Newspaper Editors and won the Albany Legislative Correspondents award for excellence in state government reporting.


Nelson Wong is senior director for Sony Music's New Media Lab, overseeing the development of rich media products ranging from enhanced CD's, online music applications, to new music services and future formats. He has developed projects for the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon soundtrack, Michael Jackson, Alice in Chains and other Sony Music releases. He has also collaborated with SS-Studio in building sites for Issey Miyake, Final Home, and Pleats Please. Prior to joining Sony Music he served as the Designer Manager for Citicorp/Citibank working in print media and environmental design. His work has appeared in Art Director's Club, AIGA and I.D. Magazine. Nelson graduated from the Art and Advertising program at New York City Technical College/CUNY in 1989.



Panel Series at 9:20 am

  • Television News: Life Behind the Mike
    What's it like to be a television news reporter in New York City? Find
    out, first hand.
    Moderator: Prof. Joann Lee, Director, Journalism, Queens College
    Speakers: Dominic Carter, Political Reporter and Co-Host, NY1
    Ti-Hua Chang, Reporter, NewsChannel 4
    Juliet Papa, Reporter, 1010 WINS

  • Web Radio: Getting On, Getting Listeners
    Broadcasting over the web can be a great way for CUNY students to create radio. It is relatively inexpensive and easy. A computer with built-in microphone (and selected software) can get you up and going. Yet technical considerations and the problem of getting access to your college’s network can be roadblocks. There are also major questions about music licensing and copyright fees. This panel will answer some of your questions and discuss the issues facing any college webcasting station.
    Moderator: Prof. Gregory Adamo, College of Staten Island
    Speakers: Laura Fedele, Web Site Director, WFUV
    John Ladley, Chief Engineer, WSIA-FM

  • Big Sports on Campus: How to Cover Your Team
    Moderator: Zak Ivkovic, Associate Director, CUNY Athletic Conference
    Speakers: Kathleen McElroy, Deputy Sports Editor, New York Times

  • Hard Knocks: Lessons from the Job World
    Recent CUNY journalism students holding jobs in news media will discuss
    their transitions into the workplace.
    Moderator: Prof. Paul Moses, Journalism Program, Brooklyn College
    Speakers: Alfonso A. Castillo, Reporter, Newsday
    Glenn Thrush, Reporter, Bloomberg News

  • War Stories: From CUNY to Covering the Middle East and Afghanistan
    As the recent assassination of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl chillingly illustrates, reporting news from a war zone can be a perilous enterprise. Two CUNY graduates with wide experience covering stories in the shadow of Mars discuss the pitfalls--and pleasures--of war reporting, from dodging bullets to outsmarting government censors.
    Moderator: Prof. Anthony Mancini, Director, Journalism Program, Brooklyn College
    Speakers: Clyde Haberman, "NYC" Columnist, New York Times
    Mohamad Bazzi, Staff Writer, Newsday

Panels Series at 10:30 am

  • Crisis on Campus: How Two Student Journalists Responded to 9/11
    Eyewitnesses explore the relationship between personal reaction and editorial responsibility in the face of tragedy and devastation. What do we do when the news becomes us? Can a journalist ever stop being a journalist? In times of crisis, can we balance our moral obligation to tell the story with our social obligation for the privacy of our colleagues, classmates, friends and family?
    Moderator: Prof. Frederick Kaufman, English and Journalism, College of Staten Island
    Speakers: John Montalvo, Photographer, Queens Courier
    Wayne Parchman, Editor, Voice of the Voiceless, Borough of Manhattan Community College

  • Journalism and the Law: Let the Lawyers Explain
    How can you do hard-hitting stories without making legal mistakes? What is
    libel and how can you avoid it? What are your legal rights to documents and
    government meetings? Sometimes, journalists need lawyers to defend them and
    sometimes journalists need lawyers to help them get information. Two of the
    nation's best will tell you how they do it. Moderator: Prof. Geanne Rosenberg, Business Journalism, Baruch College
    Speakers: Prof. Eve Burton, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University
    Robert J. Freeman, Executive Director, Committee on Open Government

  • Art of Interview: Velvet Gloves, Rubber Mallets and Other Useful Techniques
    Does interviewing make you nervous or apprehensive? Do you wind up just hoping that everything goes well? Let three veteran journalists show you how to take the tension and guess work out of any interviewing situation. Learn the professional tricks and techniques for taking full control of newspaper, television or magazine interviews. Successful journalists comfortably set the tone, tempo and targets for each interview. Come to this incisive panel discussion and master the art of the interview.
    Moderator: Prof. Glenn Lewis, Coordinator, Journalism and Telecommunications,
    York College

    Speakers: Joe Calderone, Investigations Editor, Daily News
    Clem Richardson, "City Beat" and "Great People" Columnist, Daily News

  • Breaking into the Business: What Trends, What Opportunities
    Lie Ahead?
    Competition for news jobs in New York can be intense. What can you do to maximize your chances of landing a good first job? News managers from two major New York print and broadcast outlets offer practical advice about breaking into the news business, and discuss what they look for when they hire. Moderator: Judy Watson, Special Assistant to the Chancellor
    Speakers: Peter Landis, News Director, NY1 News
    Lonnie Isabel, Assistant Managing Editor, Foreign, National & State News, Newsday

  • Web Design/Newspaper Design: The Look, the Feel, the Message
    Learn what it takes to become a successful web or newspaper designer. This panel of working professionals will discuss how to create dynamic, attractive and effective communications for web sites and for newspapers.
    Moderator: Prof. Joel Mason, Chair, Advertising, Design and Graphic Arts, New York City Technical College
    Speakers: Paul Jean, Art Director, The New York Times
    Rodrigo Honeywell, Art Director, The New York Times
    Prof. Aida Mysan, New Media, New York City Technical College
    Nelson Wong, Senior Director, Sony Music's New Media Lab

Special Afternoon Panel at 3 pm

  • The New New York? How Are We Doing?
    A panel of journalists discusses how New York is, or is not, coping after the events of September 11th. Topics are expected to include the clean-up, rebuilding plans in the age of Bloomberg, the quality of the air downtown and whether a palpable sense of pride and patriotism is masking problems that journalists should be exposing. A freewheeling 30-minute discussion among the panelists will be followed by a 30-minute Q & A with audience members.
    Moderator: Bob Liff, Host, CUNY Forum
    Speakers: Gerson Borrero, Editor, El Diario/La Prensa
    Wayne Barrett, Reporter, Village Voice
    Michael Powell, Reporter, The Washington Post
    Space in the CUNY-TV Studios is limited. Students must reserve a seat for this panel at the conference registration desk.

Jay Hershenson
Vice Chancellor for University Relations

Michael Arena University Director of Media Relations

Gregg Morris Hunter College
Linda Prout City College
Glenn Lewis York College
Anthony Mancini Brooklyn College
Frederick Kaufman College of Staten Island
Jim Carney Lehman College
  Paul Moses Brooklyn College  
Bob Isaacson CUNY-TV
Greg Sutton Kingsborough Community College
Geanne Rosenberg Baruch College
Joanne Lee Queens College
Greg Adamo College of Staten Island