2009

Journalism, Broadcast & New Media
Conference & Career Fair

October 9, 2009
The Graduate Center

ABC, BET, CNN, BET. Don’t like letters? How about The Economist, The New York Times and Thomson Reuters?

Stodgy old media companies? Get with it: There isn’t a single major media company out there that hasn’t plunged into the New Media world. That’s where consumers, especially young consumers, are. That’s where the changing economy and lifestyles dictate these companies have to be if they’re going to survive.

 And that’s where the jobs will be, not just in reporting, blogging and editing, but also in highly skilled tech jobs that make the digital world spin. Podcasting, videocasting and jazzy Web design—those are the skills that today’s media companies want.

The tenth CUNY Journalism, Broadcast and New Media Conference ties all of those strands together on Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at the University Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave., at 34th Street in Manhattan.


Schedule


MORNING ROUNDTABLE: “Reinventing the College Newspaper”
Time
: 10:00 AM
Room: 201
In a freewheeling discussion initiated by the editors of four CUNY student-run campus newspapers and open to all CUNY Media Workshop participants, Daily News Senior Executive Editor Robert Sapio offers feedback on their publications. Examining content, style, layout and headlines, he critiques The Excelsior (Brooklyn College), The Kingsman (Brooklyn College), The Paper (The City College of New York) and The Ticker (Baruch College). He also discusses how to increase readership and adapt to a fast-changing media landscape. The workshop provides valuable insight to campus newspaper editorial staff, faculty and students who are interested in learning more about journalism and the newspaper industry.

SUMMER 2010 EDITORIAL INTERNSHIPS AT THE ECONOMIST
Time
: 11:30 AM
Room: 202-203
Speak with a representative of The Economist Group (North America) about a stunning opportunity – the chance for a six- to eight-week paid internship at one of the world’s leading news magazines. These internships stem from a partnership between The Economist Group and The City University of New York. The editorial internships are open to highly qualified CUNY students, who will have an in-depth opportunity to learn about journalism and the business of magazine publishing while receiving academic credit. Internships require a commitment of 25 to 35 hours a week.

GET READY FOR THE REAL WORLD OF TV BROADCASTING
Time
: 1:00 PM
Room: 202-203
Want to crack the highly competitive broadcasting business? Long-time broadcast professional Winston Mitchell of the PBS-TV and syndicated cable TV show Transit Transit News covers what to do now to land a job after graduation. Special attention will be given to crafting résumés and prepping audio and video projects. Learn how to leverage your skills to find the right internships. Transit Transit, itself, offers internships where students can shoot, edit, write scripts and go on-air as reporters.

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX: PREPARING FOR TODAY’S WORKPLACE
Time
: 2:00 PM
Room: 202-203
The workplace isn’t college, and your courses won’t give you everything you need to succeed in media work. Saundra Thomas, vice president for community relations at WABC-Channel 7, the American Broadcasting Co.’s New York City affiliate, talks about the importance of on-the-job experience through internships, fellowships and plain old work that can make the difference between getting a real first job in media. She touches upon professional attire at interviews, the significance of networking and the importance of doing real research into possible employers before you walk into the door for a first meeting.

EXPLORE A DIGITAL FORCE IN RADIO
Time
: 3:00 PM
Room: 202-203
SIRIUS XM Radio is America's satellite radio company delivering to subscribers commercial-free music channels, premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, and traffic and weather. Recruiter John Chou will discuss the satellite radio medium, as well as delve into various career and internship opportunities available. John will also be available to answer general career questions from a recruiter’s perspective.

AFTERNOON ROUNDTABLE: “The Nuts and Bolts of the College Newspaper”
Time
: 4:00 PM
Room: 201
Student editors discuss the challenges of maintaining independent, high-quality campus newspapers. Panelists explain the do’s and don’ts of their publications regarding reporting, editing and newsroom management. Besides describing how they have honed their journalistic skills at their newspapers, the editors discuss how campus journalism has helped them succeed in both the classroom and in competitive internships. Speakers have interned at The Economist, AM New York and the New York Daily News. The discussion is open to students and faculty members.



Recruiters

  • The Economist is one of the world's most influential international news and business publications, offering reporting, commentary and analysis on current affairs, business, finance, science and technology, culture, society, media and the arts. The weekly's long-held goal is to "take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress." With a circulation of more than 1 million and a large readership in North America, The Economist is the flagship of The Economist Group, which also comprises Economist.com; Roll Call, which reports on Capitol Hill while Congress is in session, and other publications and information services. North American editorial and business operations are headquartered in New York City.

  • 1010 WINS - This popular, award-winning radio station traces its roots to the Hearst newspaper chain, which in 1931 bought WGBS, a station owned by Gimbel’s Department Store. With new call letters – standing for Hearst’s International News Service – WINS went on the air and moved to its present place on the dial in 1943. After having been through a series of owners and formats – including as a major force in rock and roll – then-corporate parent Westinghouse switched it to “all news, all the time” on April 19, 1965. It became the third all-news station in the nation. It is now owned by CBS Radio Stations, Inc., which traces its own storied history to 1928.

  • ABC Television - The ABC Television Network includes ABC Daytime, ABC Entertainment and ABC News divisions. The company says that more people get their news from ABC News than from any other source. Signature ABC News programs such as “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight” and “Nightline” are telecast daily by 225 affiliate television stations nationwide. Others like “20/20,” “Primetime,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” air weekly. The Entertainment division develops and produces compelling programming for broadcast on ABC, as well as across television and digital platforms. The network is part of the Disney-ABC Television Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company.

  • Black Entertainment Television (BET) - BET, a division of Viacom Inc., is the leading provider of media and entertainment for African-Americans and consumers of black culture globally. The primary BET cable network reaches more than 87 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. The BET Digital Networks – BET J, BET Gospel, and BET Hip-Hop – serve a more diverse audience. BET.com is the #1 Internet destination for the target audiences. BET Mobile delivers music, gaming, and video content to the target audiences on wireless devices across virtually all service providers. BET Event Productions is a full-scale event-management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe. BET International delivers BET content to the consumers of black culture around the world.

  • Brooklyn Community Access Television (BCAT) - BCAT operates three cable television channels for community use (Center for Media Education, The BCAT Media Center and Brooklyn Independent TV). It also produces programs of interest to Brooklyn residents and operates a 24-hour bulletin board promoting services and events offered by more than 1,000 Brooklyn-based organizations. BCAT is strongly seeking interns and apprentices interested in all aspects of television production. These are unpaid positions, but some interns have moved into the organization as paid freelance staff and/or have found work at other media businesses, where they have built on the hands-on production training and experiences they received at BCAT’s production studios.

  • BRONXNET - A private, not-for-profit community television station serving the borough of the Bronx.

  • CNN - Cable News Network, a Time Warner company, is one of the world's most respected and trusted sources for news and information. It was the first 24-hour all-news network and forever changed the way the world saw breaking news. Today, as a staple of basic cable TV, CNN also has outlets including CNN International, CNN en Español and CNN.com. CNN services reach nearly 1 billion people around the globe.

  • CUNY Graduate School of Journalism - The school opened its doors in August 2006. The rigorous three-semester Master of Arts program equips students to work in multi-media newsrooms and to report in specialty areas. Students learn by working in the media capital of the world, taught by veteran reporters and editors. At its new campus in midtown Manhattan, students have access to the latest computer technology, a wireless newsroom, and a digital television and radio broadcast center.

  • DTM - Formerly Dominican Times Magazine, this bilingual magazine focuses on urban trends and Latino culture.

  • Education Update - Founded in 1995 by Dr. Pola Rosen, Education Update is an award-winning, monthly free newspaper reporting on issues, people and events in education from pre-school to graduate school. It has about 200,000 readers.

  • Emmis Communications - Emmis Communications owns and operates radio, television and magazine entities in large and medium sized markets throughout the U.S., where it is the ninth-largest radio group in the U.S. based on listeners. New York City radio stations owned and operated by Emmis include WRKS-FM (98.7 KISS FM), WQHT-FM (HOT 97) and WQCD-FM (CD 101.9).

  • Fox 5/MY 9 - These two outlets of Fox Television Stations Inc., a subsidiary of News Corp., one of the world’s largest media companies, have a good deal of local news programming and tap into Fox’s national and international reach. New York’s Channel 5, founded in 1939, was one of the nation’s first television stations.

  • Hachette Book Group - Hachette Book Group is a leading U.S. trade publisher headquartered in New York City and owned by Hachette Livre, the world’s second largest publisher. Each year HBG publishes approximately 450 adult books, 150 young adult and children’s books, and 60 audio book titles. In 2008, the company had a record 107 books on the New York Times bestseller list, with 35 of them ranked #1. In addition to selling and distributing its own imprints, HBG distributes publishing lines for Chronicle Books, Microsoft Learning, Arcade, Time Inc. Home Entertainment, Harry N. Abrams, InnovativeKids, Phaidon Press, Filipacchi Publishing, Kensington, MQ Publications, Strictly By The Book, Weinstein Books and Gildan Media.

  • HBO - Home Box Office, a Time Warner company, is America’s most successful premium television company, with offices in New York, Los Angeles and internationally. Its two 24-hour pay TV services, HBO and Cinemax, have 40 million U.S. subscribers and, through branded outlets, are available in 150 countries and on the Web via iTunes. Its award-winning shows have ranged from “The Sopranos” to a vampire drama, “True Blood.” HBO Films produced the multiple Emmy-winning “John Adams.” HBO/Cinemax documentary films include the Oscar-winning “Taxi on the Dark Side,” an investigation in the death of an innocent man at the Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, and “Nanking,” a 2007 Sundance Film Festival winner about the Japanese invasion of a Chinese city during World War II.

  • Manhattan Media Group - Manhattan Media is dedicated to New York’s neighborhoods. Its focused publications provide information about matters that are of immediate concern and interest to people who live blocks, not worlds, apart. It provides businesses and institutions direct access to the individuals whom they serve, real customers and clients within arm's reach, in the neighborhood. News weeklies include Our Town, New York Press, City Hall, The Capitol, The West Side Spirit, Chelsea Clinton News and The Westsider. Through Avenue magazine, it reaches Manhattan's most affluent society. Through New York Family and New York Family Brooklyn, it reaches parents throughout the city. The Manhattan Media Group pays tribute to people who contribute to the quality of their community through its Blackboard Awards, OTTY Awards and WESTY Awards.

  • Manhattan Neighborhood Network Youth Channel - Established in 2000, MNN Youth Channel aims to give people under age 25 training and experience in television production through free workshops, internships, in-house productions and studio tours. Currently, YC programs 17 hours of youth-produced content per week, broadcast on MNN's Channel 34, and invites applications for Youth Media Impacting Community, a quarterly internship program offering media training and community service experience through partnerships with local grassroots organizations.

  • Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia - Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (MSLO) is a leading provider of original "how-to" information, inspiring and engaging consumers with unique lifestyle content and beautifully designed, high-quality products. MSLO is comprised of four businesses: publishing, internet, broadcasting and merchandising, the combination of which enables the company to cross-promote content and products. Magazines include Martha Stewart Living, Everyday Food, Martha Stewart Weddings and Body + Soul. A vast amount of information is available on its websites including marthastewart.com, wholeliving.com and marthastewartweddings.com. The company also broadcasts the Emmy-winning “The Martha Stewart Show,” shot live in front of a studio audience and distributed by NBC Universal to 95% of the country, as well as having a show on Sirius XM Radio.

  • NBC Universal - NBC Universal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. It includes the NBC Television Network, which broadcasts about 5,000 hours of TV programming per year via more than 200 affiliates across the country; 10 NBC owned-and-operated local stations which reach 27% of U.S. households; and Telemundo, a U.S. Spanish-language TV network that reaches 93% of U.S. Hispanic viewers through 16 owned-and-operated stations, 45 broadcast affiliates and distribution to nearly 800 cable systems.

  • New York Amsterdam News - For nearly a century, this weekly newspaper has reported on controversial local issues with a distinct African American voice. Some of the best and brightest figures in African American history have written for the Amsterdam News, including: T. Thomas Fortune, W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Roy Wilkins, and Malcolm X.

  • NEWS 12 Networks - Cablevision's News 12 Networks delivers local news 24 hours a day to approximately 3.7 million cable homes in the New York tri-state area. Rainbow Media pioneered the concept of regional news with the launch of the first 24-hour local news network, News 12 Long Island, in 1986. Today, News 12 continues to break ground with six additional 24-hour operations serving Connecticut, New Jersey, Westchester, Hudson Valley, Brooklyn and the Bronx as well as News 12 Traffic and Weather.

  • NV Magazine - NV is a national, bi-monthly, business magazine for urban professionals, entrepreneurs and forward thinkers. It was created as more than a business magazine for urban professionals. It is an entity unto itself, a business/lifestyle magazine targeted to the business professional, entrepreneur and forward-thinker. It's an innovative resource for financial knowledge and power with a glimpse at the individuals putting that power and knowledge to work. NV is designed to embody the thoughts, vision and intellect of today's urban professional and create pathways of success for the people who strive to be like them.

  • NYC TV - The flagship channel of the newly formed NYC media group, NYC TV 25 features content highlighting New York City lifestyles, culture and history. Airing on Channel 25, NYC TV reaches approximately 9 million households in the tri-state area.

  • Scripps Networks - Scripps Networks is home to some of the most popular and influential brands affecting people's lives today. They are the driving force behind HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living Network (FLN) and Great American Country (GAC). Its top-rated Web-only properties include Recipezaar.com, FrontDoor.com, Food2.com and HGTVPro.com. It helped define the home, food and lifestyle categories with unique programming and useful websites. It averages 120-125 new positions each year, added to the 1,400-plus employees working in its Knoxville, Tenn., headquarters and in offices in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas and San Francisco.

  • Simon & Schuster - Simon & Schuster, Inc. is a global leader in general interest publishing, providing consumers worldwide with a diverse range of quality books and multimedia products across a wide variety of genres and formats. It is the publishing operation of CBS Corp., one of the world's premier media companies.

  • Sirius XM Satellite Radio - SIRIUS XM Radio is America's satellite radio company delivering to subscribers commercial-free music channels, premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, and traffic and weather. SIRIUS XM Radio has content relationships with an array of personalities and artists, including Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Jimmy Buffett, Jamie Foxx, Barbara Walters, Opie & Anthony, Bubba the Love Sponge®, The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Bob Edwards. SIRIUS XM Radio is the leader in sports programming as the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, Major League Baseball®, NASCAR®, NBA, NHL®, and PGA TOUR®, and broadcasts major college sports.

  • The Associated Press - AP supplies a steady stream of news around the clock to its domestic members, international subscribers and commercial customers. It has the industry's most sophisticated digital photo network, a 24-hour continuously updated online news service, a state-of-the-art television news service and one of the largest radio networks in the United States. It also has a commercial digital photo archive, a photo library housing more than 10 million images and provides advertising management services. The AP has won 49 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other news organization, in the categories for which it can compete. It has 30 photo Pulitzers, the most of any news organization.

  • The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN) - HITN was established in 1983 as a non-profit organization with a mission to advance the educational, cultural, and socio-economic aspirations of Hispanics in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Seeking to both education and entertain – for it is the nation’s largest holder of the educational broadband service spectrum – it offers television programs, genres, and topics that enrich U.S. Latino families with knowledge, culture, information and enjoyment. HITN reaches over 30 million households in key Hispanic markets across the country.

  • The Indypendent - The Indypendent calls itself "the only truly progressive and anti-war free newspaper in New York City," providing original reporting on local, national and international news, and commentary to about 50,000 print and online readers. Predominantly volunteer-run and funded by individual supporters, ad sales to progressive local enterprises and sales of posters and books, The Indypendent prides itself on providing a forum for social justice groups and "a true alternative to corporate press."

  • The New York Daily News - The Daily News is the fifth most-widely circulated daily newspaper in the United States with a daily circulation of 632,595, as of June 13, 2009. The first U.S. daily printed in tabloid form, it was founded in 1919 by the Chicago Tribune company, and since 1993 has been owned and run by real estate developer Mortimer Zuckerman, who also is editor in chief of U.S. News & World Report. The Daily News has won 10 Pulitzer Prizes.

  • The New York Times - The New York Times Company, a leading media company with 2006 revenues of $3.3 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 15 other daily newspapers, WQXR-FM and more than 30 Web sites, including NYTimes.com, Boston.com and About.com. The company's core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment. The New York Times Co. has won 117 Pulitzer Prizes and citations.

  • Thomson Reuters - Powered by Reuters Media, the global news organization, Thomson Reuters provides information to decision-makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare and media markets.

  • Transit Transit News - Transit Transit News Magazine is a half-hour PBS TV and syndicated cable television show that reaches 22 million homes in the New York tri-state area. It’s an internship program where students can shoot, edit, write scripts and go on-air as reporters, covering “interesting places, things to do, science, history, neighborhood profiles, mass transit issues and MTA employees.”

  • WABC-7 - The American Broadcasting Co.'s New York affiliate, known as ABC 7, began operating on Aug. 10, 1948 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1998. Its programs include live local and national news, talk/variety and game shows, soap operas, entertainment, sports, movies, children's and public affairs.

  • WCBS-2 - WCBS-TV is part of CBS Television Stations, one of the largest network-owned station groups in the country.

  • WNET/Thirteen - Thirteen, a member of the WNET.ORG family of companies, harnesses the power of television and electronic media to inform, enlighten, entertain and inspire. It is the nation’s most-watched public television channel. Its broadcast schedule features a dynamic mix of programming, much of it created in its own studios, including: “Reel 13,” an on-air, online cinema series, and “SundayArts,” a weekly showcase for the city’s cultural offerings. Many of the series and specials that comprise the PBS national schedule are created by THIRTEEN’s production arm, including “Nature,” “American Masters,” “Great Performances,” “Cyberchase,” “Wide Angle,” “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly,” “NOW on PBS” and “Bill Moyers Journal.” THIRTEEN and sister station WLIW-21 launched additional channels – ThirteenHD. Thirteen Kids, WLIW Create, WLIW World, Thirteen On Demand and Thirteen Kids On Demand, and V-me, the first public television network in Spanish. There’s also Thirteen.org, which offers public television content in new ways, viewing streaming video and exclusive online series, lectures and other features.

  • WNYC Radio - WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820 are New York's premier public radio stations, broadcasting the finest programs from National Public Radio and Public Radio International, as well as award-winning signature local programming. Together reaching more than 1 million listeners weekly, WNYC FM offers a broad range of daily news, talk, cultural and classical music programming, while WNYC AM 820 maintains a stronger focus on breaking news and international/ global news reporting.

  • WPIX Channel 11 - New York's WPIX-TV (Channel 11), is the flagship station of The CW Television Network, and is seen in over 10 million homes through over-the-air and satellite distribution. Founded in 1948 and owned by Tribune Broadcasting, a division of the Tribune Company, WPIX has long been regarded as a groundbreaking station in New York. Besides its successful CW Network programming (which includes “Gossip Girl,” “America's Next Top Model” and “Smallville”) PIX currently produces 30 hours of local news each week including “PIX Morning News,” “PIX News at Ten” and “11 News Close-Up.” The station has earned over 180 Emmy Awards and numerous Edward R. Murrow Awards, New York State Broadcasters Awards, New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Awards, New York Press Club Awards, and Deadline Club Awards for excellence in reporting, news coverage, public affairs, news specials and features.



Sponsors

The Economist Group - The Economist Group is one of the world's most influential international news and business publications, offering reporting, commentary and analysis on current affairs, business, finance, science and technology, culture, society, media and the arts. The Economist Group reserves paid internships exclusively for CUNY students in marketing and editorial; apply now open for summer 2010 (see Joblog).

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism - The school opened its doors in August 2006. The rigorous three-semester Master of Arts program equips students to work in multi-media newsrooms and to report in specialty areas. Students learn by working in the media capital of the world, taught by veteran reporters and editors. At its new campus in midtown Manhattan, students have access to the latest computer technology, a wireless newsroom, and a digital television and radio broadcast center.

 


SPECIAL THANKS

CUNY Graduate Center

President William Kelly
Vice President Raymond Soldavin
John Chianese
Cecelia Denniston
John Flaherty
Kamela Finkley-Smith
Joan P. Harden
Foster Henry
Kate Osborn
Steve Thomas

The Economist Group

Fritz V. Maier
Vice President of Human Resources, North America

Roshelle Lowe
Human Resources Administrator

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Lonnie Isabel

Brooklyn College

Frederic V. Balsam

Queens College

Sheryl McCarthy

The City University of New York

Millard Barret
Dehlia Bauer
André N. Beckles
Joanna Bednarz
Mark Boutros
Annette Calderon
Luis Garcia
Douglas Hurbon
Rudy Hurdle Sr.
Tomiko Karino
Kristen Kelch
Paul Koenigsberg
Ruth Landa
Rina Ortiz
Rita Rodin
Pedro Rodriguez
Neill Rosenfeld
Sheila Mckenna
Jose Pagan
Eri Sahagun
Barbara Shea
Richard Sheinaus
Daniel Shure
Michael Tashji
Twaina Waiters
Franklyn Williams
Stan Wolfson

2009 Journalism, Broadcast and New Media Conference and Career Fair

Michael S. Arena
Conference Chair

Michael S. Arena, University Director of Communications and Marketing for The City University of New York, is an associate professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Rene G. Ontal
Deputy Chair

Sherley Jean-Pierre
Career Fair Chair

The City University of New York
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