2003

War Stories: Journalism, Media and Covering the Big City

Friday, March 7, 2003
The Graduate Center




Introduction

“The word ‘security’ is a broad, vague generality whose contours should not be invoked to abrogate the fundamental law embodied in the First Amendment.”

Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black wrote those words more than three decades ago as he stopped the federal government’s attempt to bar The New York Times and The Washington Post from publishing secret documents about the Vietnam war.

While the concept of “security” may no longer seem so vague in terrorist-battered New York and Washington, D.C., the Pentagon Papers case remains a landmark where the tradition of a free press intersects with the burden of fighting a war. For Black, the answer was clear: “The guarding of military and diplomatic secrets at the expense of informed representative government provides no real security for our Republic.”

Today, in the era of “reality” TV and talking heads, that stands as a challenge to the media to be informed and informative.

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 to prepare students for this media mission.

To help students pursue a career in the news media, the Office of University Relations has organized a 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.

War Stories: Journalism, Media and Covering the Big City will draw on the expertise of New York City broadcast, print and web professionals who have generously offered their time for this gathering at the Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan. CUNY faculty and prominent journalists throughout the city will lead the discussions.

As chancellor of this great University, I welcome you to this important conference. We’ve planned an exciting and informative day.

You will hear our speakers offer their vision of the news media’s role in the post-9/11 era and practical advice on how to find work in a constricting job market. And you will meet recruiters at our Job Fair and find out about internship and career opportunities. Even as we face daunting challenges, we look with hope to a future of great promise in a society that, as Justice Black wrote, finds “strength and security” through its First Amendment freedoms.


Matthew Goldstein
Chancellor
The City University of New York


 


Schedule

War Stories: Journalism, Media and Covering the Big City


Friday, March 7, 2003
CUNY Graduate Center

8:15 -- 8:45 AM:
Registration and Breakfast Buffet
Concourse

8:45 -- 9:00 AM:
Proshansky Auditorium
Welcome:
Jay Hershenson, Vice Chancellor for University Relations
Remarks:
Otis O. Hill, Vice Chancellor for Student Development and Enrollment Management

9:00 -- 10:00 AM
First Panel Series
Get the Picture -- Proshansky Auditorium
Designs for Living -- C198
From the Classroom to the Newsroom -- C204--C205
Money, Power, Glory Via Alternative Media -- C203
Covering Immigration After 9/11 -- C201--C202

10:00 -- 11:00 AM
Second Panel Series
It’s A Wrap! -- Proshansky Auditorium
Who Does Write Those Headlines? -- C198
Getting a Job, Planning a Career -- C201--C202
Campus Radio and the Web They Weave -- C204--C205
Crime in the Suites: Covering the Wall Street Scandals -- C203

11:00 AM -- 12:30 PM
Proshansky Auditorium
Remarks:
Benno C. Schmidt, Jr., Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York
Keynote Event: A Conversation With Clyde Haberman, Columnist, The New York Times
Moderator: Anthony Mancini, Director, Journalism, Brooklyn College

12:30 -- 2:30 PM
Career and Internship Fair
Box Lunch Buffet Served -- Concourse

1:00 -- 2:00 PM
Special Panel
Radio Roundtable -- C204--C205


 


Speakers

Plenary Session

Remarks: Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.

 

Benno C. Schmidt, Jr. was appointed by Governor George Pataki in August 1999 as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York. Since 1992, Schmidt has been the chairman of Edison Schools, Inc., a private company that enters into partnerships with public education authorities to create innovative and world-class public schools. Before joining Edison Schools, Inc., he served as Yale University's 20th president, where he was best known nationally for his defense of freedom of expression and the academic values of liberal education. Before joining Yale, Schmidt was the Dean of Columbia University Law School, where he joined the faculty in 1969 and became, four years later, one of the youngest tenured professors in Columbia's history. He was named Harlan Fiske Stone Professor of Constitutional Law in 1982. He is one of the country's leading scholars of the Constitution, the history of the U.S. Supreme Court, the law of freedom of expression, and the history of race relations in America. Schmidt served as law clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren.

Keynote Event

A Conversation with Clyde Haberman

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, 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.

Panelists & Speakers

Lisa Amowitz graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, 1980 with a BFA in Illustration. With the original intent of pursuing an illustration career, she found herself propelled by the advancing digital revolution into a career as a freelance graphic designer. This ultimately led to a position teaching computer graphics. Currently, Amowitz is an assistant professor in the department of art and music at Bronx Community College and the recent winner of the CUNY 9/11 memorial web site design competition. While heavily involved in graphic arts and digital design, Amowitz continued to pursue studies in traditional Fine Arts. In 1998 she received a Master's Degree in Painting from Lehman College and was awarded a BRIO Award for Painting from the Bronx Council on the Arts. This exhibition marks her first solo showing of works featuring both traditional and digital media.

Michael S. Arena was appointed University Director for Media Relations at the City University of New York in May 2000. Prior to joining the University, he was an award-winning special writer and investigative reporter in a career that spanned more than twenty years at Newsday and New York Newsday. Arena reported on government and politics on the national, state and local levels. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1987 for exposing a police cover-up of an unsolved racially-motivated murder. In 1997, he shared the Pulitzer Prize for spot reporting on the downing of TWA Flight 800. He was thrice awarded the New York State Publishers Award for Excellence in the breaking news and local reporting categories. Arena received The Society of Silurians Excellence in Journalism Award in 1997 for breaking news reporting and again in 2000 for investigative reporting. He is a graduate of the City College/CUNY with a major in political science.

 

Roslyn Bernstein is the founder of the Baruch College journalism and business journalism programs, which she directed from 1982 to 1996. She is the publisher and founder of Dollars and $ense, the Baruch College business review, and is the director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program at the College. During her career as a journalist, Bernstein has written about education, media and the arts, including features on funding for the arts and corporate art collections, stories on non-profits and start-ups, and profiles of individual artists, educators and business leaders. She has reported from the United States, Eastern Europe, Israel, and China, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, The Village Voice, New York, Parents, Artnews and the Columbia Journalism Review.

Valerie Block joined Crain's New York Business in 1997 as a senior reporter where she is resposible for covering magazines, newspapers, television, radio, book publishing and big media companies. Block is a graduate of the CUNY Baccalaureate program at Baruch College.

 

Wil Cruz is a 2002 graduate of City College and a frequent contributor to Newsday's New York City edition.

Jane E. Davis, Esq. has been assistant general counsel and related entities counsel in the Office of General Counsel of The City University of New York since November 1998. She received her B.A., cum laude, from Knox College, an M.A. in Arts Administration from New York University, and her J.D. from New York University Law School. Prior to attending law school, Davis worked for a number of arts organizations, including the New York State Council on the Arts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the National Gallery of Art. Before joining CUNY, she advised commercial clients at Gilbert, Segall and Young LLP for six years, specializing in sales and acquisitions, and counseling clients regarding intellectual property and other regulatory matters.

 

Brian Donohue covers immigration issues for The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.

Marie Fowler, manager, Educational Services & Intern Programs, of American Business Media, the industry association for business-to-business information providers, including producers of magazines, CD-ROMS, web sites, trade shows and other ancillary products that build upon the printed product.

 

Charles Gasparino is senior special writer and Wall Street reporter for the Wall Street Journal. A graduate of Pace University and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Gasparino interned at the Dallas Morning News and Newsday and worked at the Tampa Tribune, Bond World, the Bond Buyer and New York Newsday before joining the Journal in 1995. He is currently writing a book to be published by Simon and Schuster based on his coverage for the Journal of the Wall Street scandals.

Wilbert Gutiérrez is associate art director at Teen People magazine. He has also worked at Entertainment Weekly, George Magazine and Men's Health Magazine. He has won the Award in Design Excellence from American Graphic Design, Merit Awards and a Silver Award from the Society of Publication Designers (SPD). Gutiérrez is a 1996 graduate of New York City College of Technology.

Jay Hershenson is Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Chief External Affairs Officer of The City University of New York (CUNY). He coordinates the University's governmental, media, and community relations programs as well as development and CUNY-TV. He has held senior level administrative positions at CUNY since 1978. He previously served as Executive Director of the Committee for Public Higher Education, Regional Director for New York City of the New York Public Interest Research Group, Inc., and as a Unit Director for the United Fund of New York. Hershenson's prior state-wide and national public service includes chairing the New York State Standardized Testing Advisory Board; membership on presidential and gubernatorial Task Forces on Education; and appointment by the Governor as one of five Commissioners on the Temporary Commission on the Future of Postsecondary Education. He serves on numerous committees and boards of civic, community, and educational organizations. Hershenson received an M.A. in Urban Studies and a B.A. in Communication, Arts and Science and University Administration at Queens College, CUNY.

Don R. Hecker is a training editor at The New York Times. In his ten years at The Times, he has also been a recruiting editor and the chief of the paper's Metropolitan Copy Desk. Before that he was a copy editor at The Daily News, where he was one of the deputy "slots," or supervisors, on the paper's news copy desk. Hecker has also worked as a copy editor at The Record, of Hackensack, NJ, and as a reporter and night editor at The Times Record of Troy, NY.

Rob Herklotz is general manager and faculty advisor for WKRB-FM at Kingsborough Community College.

Otis Hill assumed the position of Vice Chancellor for Student Development and Enrollment Services on August 14, 2000. He serves as the advocate for student concerns to the University and shapes various aspects of student recruitment, retention and enrollment. Hill has served in a variety of teaching and managerial positions for the last 30 years at Kingsborough Community College. For the last six years he served as Vice President for Student Development and Chairperson of the Department of Student Development. He previously held the positions of Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of an off-campus facility. Hill received his Ed.D from Rutgers University, his M.S. Degree from City College and his B.S. Degree from Knoxville College. He has done additional graduate work at Teachers College, Columbia University and at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 

Hal Himmelstein is professor of television and radio at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and director of research of The Center for the Study of World Television. Himmelstein was recently awarded a two-year PSC-CUNY research grant to work on a new book, provisionally entitled Dealing With Death: Television and the Public Discourse on Grief and Mortality. The book will explore attitudes toward death and bereavement as expressed in both fictional and nonfictional television forms. He has previously taught at Fordham University, Ohio University, and the University of Kansas. Himmelstein holds the B.A. and M.A. from the University of Kansas, and the Ph.D. from Ohio University.

Cynthia Karasek graduated from Cornell University in 1972 and moved to New York City to participate in the Whitney Independent Study Program. She has exhibited her art throughout the United States and in Canada and Europe. In 1983 she began to design on an Apple IIe computer and quickly moved into the new technology of computer graphics. She designed graphics for multimedia and video for two decades and was an early practitioner of digital video technology. Along the way, Karasek earned a Masters Degree in Painting from Hunter College, and was the co-founder of PS122, an alternative arts program in the East Village. Currently, Karasek is an assistant professor of Multimedia/Video at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

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. Kaufman lives 150 yards from Ground Zero.

John Ladley is chief engineer for WSIA-FM at the College of Staten Island.

 

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 media. 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.

Warren Lustig is an award-winning senior editor of CBS News "60 Minutes II", the highly rated weekly television news magazine, a post he has held since 1998. His career with CBS News stretches back to 1982 when he started with WCBS-TV in New York. It includes seven years as editor of "The CBS Evening News With Dan Rather," which took him around the world covering historic news events such as Operation Desert Storm, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the student uprising in Tiananmen Square. Several years at CBS Sports, he edited and produced segments, many with Charles Kuralt, at the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France; Lillehammer, Norway and Nagano, Japan. He has won eleven Emmy Awards for his work. He has created and conducted "The Cutting Edge," a popular editing seminar presented at more than 100 CBS stations around the country. Last year he brought an intensive two-week TV Boot Camp to CUNY in which CUNY students wrote, filmed, edited and produced high quality "60 Minutes II"-like segments. Lustig attended Brooklyn College and has a 1979 CUNY B.A. degree.

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. Mancini 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.

Tony Marcano is an assistant Metro editor at The New York Times. He came to The Times in 1995 as a copy editor after having worked at The Los Angeles Times as a reporter, section editor and assistant city editor. Marcano is a native New Yorker who got his start at The Daily News, where he was a reporter.

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.

Gregg Morris, assistant professor of journalism at Hunter College, is editor of the student-written, online Hunter publication, the WORD, which received a $10,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and has received several grants from Hunter. He wrote "Unspeakable Acts: The Ordeal of Thomas Waters-Rimmer," published by William Morrow & Co., and selected for the New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and "The Kids Next Door: Sons and Daughters Who Kill Their Parents," also published by William Morrow & Co., and selected as an alternate selection by the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club and recommended as a resource book by the Alliance for the Mentally Ill. He is currently working on several projects which he describes as a combination of investigative journalism and ethnography. He has produced and co-produced several CUNY-TV programs about community and student journalism.

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.

Linda Prout is associate professor of media and communications arts at City College. She is an award-winning journalist who has been a foreign correspondent for Newsweek and Newsday, specializing in coverage of the Caribbean and Latin America. Her coverage for Newsweek of the invasion of Grenada won a New York Press Club Page One Award. Prout holds an M.S. degree from Columbia University, and a B.F.A. from New York University.

Dania Rajendra of the Independent Press Association is editor of its Voices That Must Be Heard Project, which is a weekly roundup of the immigrant and ethnic press. Voices has over 1,000 subscribers, including major media outlets such as CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Daily News and Newsday.

Irasema Rivera is design director for Haymarket Media Inc., US, a British-based company that is expanding into the publishing market in the United States. She is responsible for developing acquired brands and bringing the design strategy of the mother company to those brands. She has also served as the creative director for Latina Media Ventures and as the design director at Disney/ABC's trade-publishing division. Rivera has won awards for a variety of projects including media kits, posters, brochures and magazine redesigns. These honors include Folio's Ozzie Award (5 for magazine redesigns), the Society of Publication Designers' Award, Society of Illustrators' Award, the International Printers' Award and the American Graphic Designers' Award. and was named one of "50 US Designers to Watch in 2002."

 

Rafael Rivera has been Manager of New Jersey Affairs and Station Services for WCBS-TV since 1990. As part of CBS's on-going outreach commitment in the Garden State, he serves as the liaison between New Jersey government officials, community leaders and grass-root organizations. Rivera also organizes and conducts "The New Jersey Briefings," a regularly scheduled issue-oriented meeting between government officials, community leaders, and senior management at WCBS-TV. In addition, he heads the station's internship program, recruiting and placing college student throughout the various departments, and oversees the administration of CBS 2's New Jersey News Bureau. Born and raised in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, Rivera holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Sacred Heart University, Santurce, Puerto Rico and concluded post-graduate studies in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the Caribbean Center for Advanced Studies in 1982.

Will Robedee is the general manager of KTRU at Rice University in Houston and the staff advisor for RBT, the Rice student cable television channel. He is also the vice chair of Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) and the broadcast chair of College Media Advisors (CMA). Robedee has worked to develop submissions to the Copyright Office and Congress concerning webcasting rates, recordkeeping and other relevant issues. He is a graduate of SUNY at New Paltz.

Susan Sachs joined The Times in May 1998. She covers immigration issues and immigrants for the Metro desk and has also reported frequently for the foreign desk from the Middle East. Her coverage of immigration has included in-depth reports on the Fujianese Chinese community, generational conflicts in the Russian immigrant community and the marketing of sex-selection services to the Indian community. She served as acting Chief of the Cairo Bureau of The New York Times from January through December 2000, with responsibility for all Arab countries and Iran, and returned to the region in 2001 to cover a variety of issues related to Arab politics, Islam and terrorism. She also covered events in Belgrade during the Kosovo bombing campaign. Sachs previously covered the Middle East for Newsday and was based in Cairo, Egypt from August 1990 through August 1995. She covered the Gulf war and early stages of the Arab-Israeli peace process, as well as political, social, religious, business and cultural topics in the Arab world and in Israel. Following her assignment as Cairo bureau chief, Sachs became the Moscow bureau chief for Newsday. She traveled frequently in the Baltic states, Central Asia and the Caucasus, and covered Boris Yeltsin's reelection campaign and Russia's war in Chechnya. She reported from the former Soviet Union for Newsday from 1995 until joining The Times.

 

Amina Sanikangiwa, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, is a 2002 graduate of Brooklyn College, CUNY. She is the 2002 recipient of the Sam Castan Award in Journalism and of the Tow Award in academic excellence. Sanikangiwa is currently the news bureau coordinator at People magazine, where she began working as an intern in 2002.

 

David Sexter, director of recruiting services at mediabistro.com, oversees mediabistro.com's retinue of media recruiting services, including contigency and retained executive searches, candidate pre-screening and qualifying, and interim staffing needs. He has been working in the media industry since 1992, including at Times Mirror and Rodale.

 

Ingrid Tineo is assistant director/career program coordinator at the Baruch College Career Development Center. The Career Development Center provides comprehensive career services to a culturally diverse student population of 12,000. Tineo conducts weekly career preparation workshops on topics such as resume writing, interviewing and job search techniques. She coordinates special programs designed to facilitate the school-to-work transition. Prior to joining CUNY, she held the position of territory sales representative at PageAmerica, a telecommunications company, now defunct. Before that, she worked in the Human Resources Department at Young & Rubicam, the advertising agency in New York. Tineo is a graduate of Fordham University with a B.S. in Psychology and holds an M.A. in Counseling from 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.

 

Susan Watts has been a staff photographer at the New York Daily News since May 1995. As a general news photographer, she covers local, national and international spot news, features, politics and sports assignments. Watts has won numerous photojournalism awards. In 1998, she received two World Press Photo awards: First Prize honors in the Daily Life Stories category and the World Press Photo Children's Award, both for her series on Gloria Colon, a prostitute and drug addict living on the streets in the Bronx, New York. In 1997, Watts was named "Photographer of the Year" by the New York Press Photographers Association. Watts has also been honored by the National Press Photographers Association, the Pictures of the Year International, the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Associated Press, the Newswomen's Club of New York, the Deadline Club and the New York Press Club, receiving multiple First Prize and Best in Show honors. In March 1998, her photographs hung in the Women in Photojournalism exhibition sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association in Baltimore, Maryland. In September 1998, she had her own show at Visa pour l'Image, the international photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France. In addition to the Daily News, Watts' work has appeared in magazines including LIFE, Newsweek, US News & World Report, GQ, The Sunday Times Magazine, People, L'Express, Marie Claire and PHOTO. From June 1997 until June 1999, Watts served as the first woman president in the 87-year history of the New York Press Photographers Association. Watts, a native New Yorker, attended New York University and graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film.



Panels

Panels Series at 9:00 AM

  • Get the Picture - Proshansky Auditorium
    Award-winning Daily News photographer Susan Watts' success at New York's "Picture Newspaper" has been built on hard work, mental toughness, sharp instincts and a knack for "getting the picture" when the pressure is on. Spend an hour with Watts, view some of her images and listen as she shares a few secrets of the craft.
    Moderator: Fred Kaufman, Assistant Professor, English and Journalism, College of Staten Island
    Speaker: Susan Watts, Photographer, New York Daily News

  • Designs for Living - C198
    What elements make for great design in print? What are the building blocks of good web design? Two print design professionals and the winning designer of the CUNY 9/11 Memorial competition tackle the topic with special attention to the concerns of student newspaper editors and student content editors. Topics include: understanding the client's objectives; working within budgets and deadlines; working in teams and communicating clearly.
    Moderator: Joel Mason, Chairman, Advertising Design & Graphic Arts, New York City Technical College
    Speakers: Lisa Amowitz, Assistant Professor, Art and Music, Bronx Community College
    Wilbert Gutierrez, Associate Art Director, Teen People Magazine
    Irasema Rivera, Design Director, Haymarket Media Inc.

  • From the Classroom to the Newsroom - C204-C205
    Recent CUNY graduates share their experiences on breaking into the profession. Panelists discuss making the transition from student to professional journalist, segueing an internship into a job and making it as a freelancer.
    Moderator: Linda Prout, Director, Journalism Program, City College
    Speakers: Valerie Block, Senior Reporter, Crain's New York Business
    Wil Cruz, Contributor, Newsday
    Amina Sanikangiwa, News Bureau Coordinator, People Magazine

  • Money, Power, Glory Via Alternative Media - C203
    Mainstream news publications aren't the only ones offering good jobs and internships. This panel explores opportunities in trade publications and alternative media.
    Moderator: Gregg Morris, Assistant Professor, Film & Media Studies, Hunter College
    Speakers: Marie Fowler, Manager, Educational Services & Intern Programs, American Business Media
    Dania Rajendra, Editor, Voices That Must Be Heard Project


  • Covering Immigration After 9/11 - C201-C202
    The aftermath of the World Trade Center attack has brought far stricter scrutiny of immigrants and of immigration laws, which are now enforced by the Department of Homeland Security. Reporters who cover immigration will talk about how they've tracked the story.
    Moderator: Paul Moses, Associate Professor, Journalism, Brooklyn College
    Speakers: Susan Sachs, Metro Reporter, The New York Times
    Brian Donohue, Reporter, The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.

Panels Series at 10:00 AM

  • It's A Wrap! - Proshansky Auditorium
    CBS 60 Minutes II senior editor Warren Lustig loves to tell a story, and therein lies a tale of how the editor extraordinaire rose to the top of the news profession at the "Tiffany Network." Editing the fast-paced "60II" each week means masterful storytelling, with words and images. See it now, alla Lustig.
    Moderator: Hal Himmelstein, Professor, Television and Radio, Brooklyn College
    Speaker: Warren Lustig, Senior Editor, CBS 60 Minutes II

  • Who Does Write Those Headlines? - C198
    A look at what copy editors do at The New York Times and other major newspapers. It's a lot more than grammar and syntax, and the job can be a good place to start on the path to newsroom management. Students will also have a chance to try out the skills of headline writing and judging a story's content. Presented by The New York Times.
    Moderator: Glenn Lewis, Associate Professor, English, York College
    Speakers:: Don R. Hecker, Training Director, The New York Times
    Tony Marcano, Assistant Metro Editor, The New York Times

  • Getting a Job, Planning a Career - C201-C202
    The panel will address the challenges of getting a job in media and developing the confidence to market your strengths in today's tight job market. Beginning with the basic skills of writing a resume, preparing for an interview, and developing a salary request, experts from the industry will share their tips for a successful job search. We will also look beyond the entry-level job and discuss the best strategies for moving up your personal career ladder and creating a rewarding lifetime of work in journalism and the media.
    Moderator: Cynthia Karasek, Assistant Professor, Multimedia/Video, Borough of Manhattan Community College
    Speakers: Rafael Rivera, Manager of New Jersey Affairs and Station Services, WCBS-TV
    David Sexter, Director, Recruiting Services, mediabistro.com
    Ingrid Tineo, Assistant Director/Career Program Coordinator, Baruch College Career Development Center

  • Campus Radio and the Web They Weave - C204-C205
    Sum up the future of campus web radio in one word: confusing. The exciting and relatively inexpensive technology of web radio holds the promise of taking your college radio station global. But copyright infringement fights and an uncertain future over fees have forced many stations to halt webcasting as Congress ponders possible legislation. This panel will try to clear up the confusion and offer prospects for the future.
    Moderator: Judith Watson, Special Assistant to CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein
    Speakers: Jane Davis, Assistant General Counsel and Related Entities Counsel, Office of General Counsel of The City University of New York
    Will Robedee, General Manager, KTRU, Rice University and Broadcast Chair, College Media Advisors (CMA)

  • Crime in the Suites: Covering the Wall Street Scandals - C203
    No single reporter has dominated the Wall Street beat in recent years as Wall Street Journal reporter Charles Gasparino. He has broken exclusive stories on the Martha Stewart trading scandal, the stock analyst trading controversy that ended with Merrill Lynch paying a $100 million settlement and irregularities at Citigroup. Among the disclosures: e-mail suggesting that one analyst made stock recommendations after his kids were admitted into a prestigious preschool with help from Citigroup Chief Executive Sandy Weill. State and federal government investigations and reforms followed. This week, Gasparino has been reporting on Credit Suisse Group's Frank Quattrone and e-mails that show Quattrone urged bankers to discard documents related to a state Attorney General criminal investigation.
    Moderator: Roslyn Bernstein, Professor, English, Baruch College
    Speakers: Charlie Gasparino, Senior Special Writer, Wall Street Journal

Special Panel at 1:00 PM

  • Radio Roundtable - C204-C205
    We share our pain. CUNY radio stations are well acquainted with operations-on-a-shoestring. But there is hope. This open discussion will cover many nuts and bolts topics such as how to recruit and keep staff, how to build college support and more. Participation is encouraged for all those active or interested in campus radio.
    Moderators: Rob Herklotz, General Manager, WKRB-FM, Kingsborough Community College
    John Ladley, Chief Engineer, WSIA-FM, College of Staten Island


 

Job Fair

Participating Recruiters

The New York Times

NY 1 News

Associated Press

Daily News

Newsday

WCBS-TV

The Village Voice

Fox 5 WNYW-TV

Thirteen WNET/New York

WINS-AM

Time Out New York

Z100

Crain's New York

New York Post

WB-11

Crosswalks

City Limits

Viacom Outdoor

Metropolitan Labor Communications Council

New York New Media Association

GothamGazette.com

The Legislative Gazette

New York Beacon

Bronx Times Reporter

Queens Tribune

Queens Gazette Publishing

Queens Times

The Forward

Queens Times Ledger

Manhattan Newspaper Group

Bronxnet

New York Press

Queens Courier

Courier Life/Caribbean Life

El Diario/La Prensa


 


Jay Hershenson
Vice Chancellor for University Relations

STEERING COMMITTEE
Chairman
Michael Arena University Director of Media Relations

FACULTY MEMBERS
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
Cynthia Karasek Borough of Manhattan Community College Paul Moses Brooklyn College
Joel Mason New York City College of Technology
Bob Isaacson CUNY-TV