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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY S.I. NEWHOUSE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS SPRING 2009 VOL. 21 NO. 2
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY S.I. NEWHOUSE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS SPRING 2009 VOL. 21 NO. 2    Dean                       ...
When the Pew Research Center’s 2009 State of                   Vin: “I tell [my students], ‘You’re in an         the News ...
THE FUTURE OF JOURNALISM:    STARTING A CONVERSATION                                                                      ...
So what does all this upheaval mean? Are these changes a threat to serious      “I do think things will shake out, because...
“What I tell my students is that people are hungrier for                             but I think in five years, networks wo...
there.” I think that’s what we need to be doing—hanging in there, and trying       people. And we just assume everybody el...
attention. Sometimes that’s all we can hope for—the possibility that there’s          ON WHAT HASN’T CHANGED:       somebo...
Silverman Symposium                                                                                                  The N...
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ON THE GROUND AT NEWHOUSE 3:COLLABORATIVE MEDIA ROOMBY KATHLEEN HALEY ’92Midnight approaches as a group of journalists    ...
A dynamic, barrier-breaking commander in chief, global economic upheaval, and a badly                                     ...
BENCHMARK TRIPS OFFERA GLIMPSE OF THE FUTUREBY AMY SPEACHEach year, top students from across the               Graduate In...
JAILED FOR JOURNALISM     BY WENDY S. LOUGHLIN     Two journalists who have at times risked their lives for their professi...
FACULTY BOOKSHELF                                                       BY UYEN NGUYEN ’10Four Newhouse faculty members pu...
Pooling Talents for Piano Instruction     From left, Richard Breyer, Greg Hedges, Fred Karpoff                            ...
HAPPENING AT NEWHOUSEA sampling of some of the speakers and other          Steven Greenhouse, labor and workplace reporter...
Shannon Bowen authored the book chapters             Larry Elin served as a judge for the Rammy          Patricia Longstaf...
CRISIS CONTROL: JAMES OLSON ’91                                                     BY COLLEEN KEILTY ’09                 ...
A group of students from The NewHouse,           Andrew Johnstone, a senior majoring in         “Academic science engageme...
RUNNING HER OWN CAMPAIGN:LAURA GILLIES HOLLIS ’98BY SHEILA LANE ’86In 1997, Laura Gillies Hollis and a group of her fellow...
Newhouse Network magazine, spring 2009
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  1. 1. SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY S.I. NEWHOUSE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS SPRING 2009 VOL. 21 NO. 2
  2. 2. SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY S.I. NEWHOUSE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS SPRING 2009 VOL. 21 NO. 2 Dean IN THIS ISSUE: Lorraine E. Branham Executive Editor Dean’s Column 1 Wendy S. Loughlin G’95 Future of Journalism 2 News21 7 Editor Carol L. Boll On the Ground in Newhouse 3 8 The Art of Persuasion 10 Graphic Design Taryn Chapola Contributors 2 Benchmark Trips Tully Awards Faculty Bookshelf 11 12 13 Kathleen Haley ’92 Colleen Keilty ’09 3-D Piano 14 David Marc Happening at Newhouse 15 Uyen Nguyen ’10 Amy Speach Faculty Briefs 16 James Olson ’91 17 Photography Student News 18 Steve Sartori Laura Gillies Hollis ’98 19 Assistant Dean of External Relations Lynn A. Vanderhoek ’89 9 WJPZ Reunion Class Notes 20 21 Giving 24 Office of External Relations 315-443-5711 Web Site newhouse.syr.edu On the cover: Newhouse 3 132 19
  3. 3. When the Pew Research Center’s 2009 State of Vin: “I tell [my students], ‘You’re in an the News Media report was released in March, it interesting time right now. You’re a special painted a bleak picture: ad revenues down, job generation because you’re going into a worldCOLUMN cuts up, faster-than-expected audience migration to the Internet, a recession. That same month, [with] unprecedented opportunities for doing journalism, for bringing information to people, about 40 people were laid off from Syracuse’s local for helping people live their lives and trying to CBS affiliate, WTVH-TV (Channel 5), and its news improve democracy.’ ” operation was outsourced to WSTM-TV (Channel 3), So we have challenges and we have opportunities— the NBC affiliate. A few weeks later, the Syracuse and we have an obligation. Journalism has changed, Post-Standard announced a 10-day, unpaid furlough and it continues to change. Journalism education for all employees and froze its defined-benefit pensions at current levels. The crisis had hit home. must change as well. Exactly how that happens is Yet it’s not all doom and gloom. This is an not always clear. unprecedented moment in the history of American A first step is to ensure that our students journalism, a transformative moment. Those of have the digital skills they need to be successful us who are part of the profession, and who care in the changing marketplace. We are revising our about it—from the reporters in the trenches to the curriculum to provide students with expertise in professors teaching tomorrow’s communications multimedia storytelling. We are providing ongoing leaders—are grappling with the issues raised by technology training that keeps faculty up-to-date this “brave new world.” We know it poses many on integrating new media into traditional courses. challenges. But we also realize that this may be a We are looking at courses in social media, content time of never-before-seen opportunities to shape our management systems, and interactive media. Most of all, we are allowing our students the spaceDEAN’S profession in amazing ways. to create and innovate, to experiment and think Recently, I served on a local Syracuse panel entrepreneurially. discussing the future of journalism. My co-panelists As we continue to move forward, we in the were Stan Linhorst, senior managing editor of academy may look to the industry for leadership, The Post-Standard, and Vin Crosbie, a Newhouse just as the industry may look to us. But I believe School faculty member in visual and interactive that what is truly needed is a partnership. All hands communications. Yes, we talked about the rapid, on deck, as it were, as we navigate these uncertain often unnerving, changes in our industry, and we waters. talked about the uncertainty we all feel. But both Stan and Vin were able to strike a positive, hopeful So let’s start a conversation. Recently, at the chord. I’d like to share a little of that with you here. Newhouse School, we convened a roundtable of Stan: “We’re in the early stages of a faculty members from newspaper, broadcast, and communication revolution just as remarkable magazine journalism, inviting them to share their as the invention of written language or of thoughts on the state of the industry and what it movable type… We now have a chance to tell means for the profession. See what they had to say on the following pages… and then let us know what stories in so many ways… Who knows what will you have to say. Let’s keep the conversation going. be invented next?” 1
  4. 4. THE FUTURE OF JOURNALISM: STARTING A CONVERSATION By Carol Boll As anybody who works or teaches in the field of journalism knows, the news industry is facing serious challenges in the way it produces, packages, and delivers news. Formerly competing news companies are consolidating or forging partnerships; online news sites flourish as traditional platforms like newspapers struggle to survive; and—as the Project for Excellence in Journalism notes in its 2009 State of the News Media report—the line between “unfiltered personal thought and public discourse” continues to blur.2
  5. 5. So what does all this upheaval mean? Are these changes a threat to serious “I do think things will shake out, becausejournalism, or do they simply represent an evolution in form? And what kindof opportunities might such an evolution create for aspiring journalists? We information content is such a valuable commodity.decided to start a conversation on the subject by convening a roundtable of People still thrive on it; they need it.” —Joel Kaplannewspaper, broadcast, and magazine journalism faculty and inviting them toshare their thoughts on the state of the industry and what it means for theprofession. Now you have an economic downturn—every industry is in trouble. But IThe discussion couldn’t have been timelier: Moments before we convened think the media industry’s trouble has been compounded because of that.the roundtable, two Syracuse TV stations announced their decision to merge That’s a threat to the industry. But out of threats come opportunities. I donews operations. That news set the tone for much of the discussion that think things will shake out, because information content is such a valuablewould follow. Participants in the roundtable were Steve Davis, Charlotte commodity. People still thrive on it; they need it.Grimes, and Joel Kaplan (newspaper); Dona Hayes (broadcast); and HarrietBrown (magazine). Magazine professor Mark Obbie contributed via e-mail. I think online is a challenge. People say the enemy is the Internet. ButFollowing are excerpts from that conversation. the newspaper is part of the Internet. If you look at great content on the Internet, it comes from journalists.ON FORCES/CHALLENGES FACING THE INDUSTRY TODAY: Brown: I think magazines struggle with some different things. They also are Hayes: I have to come at it from the profitable, but just not as profitable as perspective of what’s happening locally their corporate owners would like. I at Channel 3 and Channel 5 [which think we’re in a period of correction. announced today the merger of We’ve got too many magazines, too their news operations]. It’s two many children. We can only feed half companies that both have had of what we’ve got. troubled business pictures, and that’s happening in all of Obbie: Besides the obvious economic journalism. Broadcast stations challenges of trying to sustain a have been used to making very business on an Internet advertising base healthy profits, and that profit that hasn’t matured, the biggest worry I has been eaten away at. When have is that the public doesn’t realize the value that’s eaten away at, and you of original reporting—or at least isn’t visibly shaken by seeing BROWN get questions from shareholders … journalism businesses shrink so quickly. Democracy depends on some of the journalism gets lost in that public affairs journalism, and if we lose it, we have much bigger problems HAYES process. That’s one factor. than simply a loss of jobs, which is a huge problem in itself. In magazine journalism, the pressures and changes so far have been less dramatic thanKaplan: All of our industries involving journalism are suffering right now. in newspapers. But all journalists depend on newspapers for the mostBut let’s take the long view. Newspapers have evolved. You could make comprehensive, immediate news of what’s going on in the world. Seriousan OK living, but no one got rich off newspapers until the 1960s and magazines will be hurt by the loss of original reporting, too.1970s, when newspapers realized they had a monopoly on certain things,like classified advertising. …Then Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist,decided—“You know what? You don’t have to spend a lot of money on ON WHAT JOURNALISM WILL LOOK LIKE IN THEclassified. I’ll do it for free.” And all of a sudden, the newspaper business YEARS AHEAD:model started deteriorating. It wasn’t so much that newspapers weren’tprofitable organizations. Just like TV stations, they continue to be profitable Obbie: I can tell you what I’m afraid it will look like: a depressingto this day. It’s just all the debt they’ve taken on. combination of shrieking partisans on cable TV and dumbed-down 3
  6. 6. “What I tell my students is that people are hungrier for but I think in five years, networks won’t have news. They will just have their own cable news station. Think how many people watched TV during the storytelling now than they’ve ever been.” —Harriet Brown election—we had numbers that had never been heard of before. I think the delivery systems will change, but the news will be there. infotainment produced by amateurs with neither the skills nor the incentives Magazines are different. I think what you’ll have is consolidation. So instead to do in-depth accountability journalism. of four money magazines, you’ll have one. It’ll be survival of the fittest. Then those brands will end up being stronger. We’ll see more web-only magazines and new ways of delivering the long- form, glossy experience—or new ways of imagining what a magazine is. New media enable magazines to do what they do best—serve niche ON WHAT THE CHANGES MEAN FOR STUDENTS: audiences and form communities of readers. So I’m not just Mr. Doom and Gloom about the revolution going on in our business. I wish I were starting Kaplan: What I tell my students is that my career as a magazine writer or editor now, so that I would be able to they no longer have to go to work experience the changes over a longer period of time. for Granite (Broadcasting) or the Tribune Co. or whatever. They can Brown: Here’s a big opportunity for magazines to do the kind of get rid of the middle man. If they investigative journalism that used to be done in newspapers. That model have a good product, if they’re may be more sustainable in our current economic and cultural situation, and good reporters, and they can I think there’s an opportunity for magazines to take on bigger, better stories. create a good web site that’s well designed, then they can become What I tell my students is that people are hungrier for storytelling now than their own publisher or producer. they’ve ever been. I don’t know what form it’s going to take five years from We teach people good writing, now, but I absolutely believe there will be magazines. The line between print critical thinking, asking the right and online in magazines, as in other media, is fluid at the moment. I think questions, compelling story telling. magazines are one step behind newspapers right now with that relationship. But the delivery systems are going to change. We’re all struggling with that. But KAPLAN Davis: The industry will endure in some way, and it will be really different ultimately, this challenge will become an opportunity for from the way we know it. That’s what makes it so hard for me to look at the next generation. this realistically. We look at the auto industry, and probably our economic analysts would say, “There’s going to be one auto company in three years.” I Grimes: This is a shake-out, an evolution. I think the main thing is to realize just can’t bring myself to look at the newspaper industry and say, “It’s going that what we’re all about is our purpose as journalists and not any platform to be a one-newspaper and one-TV town.” You can see it coming to Syracuse that we’re on—because that platform is going to change. I don’t care if though. …When we see what happened here today [with the Channel people get their news from cellphones or carrier pigeons. What I want is 3-Channel 5 newsroom merger], that really worries me as somebody who somebody who is well-educated, with strong values and ethics, and with loves journalism. It’s not going to be very long before three becomes two the deep skills that the Newhouse School has always offered its students so becomes one in TV. Then will the one become none, and will they be a that its graduates are able to get those stories and tell those stories. partnership with The Post-Standard? And if there’s only one journalism entity in town, isn’t that going to be a bad thing? Yeah, it’s going to be a I had an e-mail message about two weeks ago from one of our students who bad thing. It’s a bad thing for democracy. It’s a bad thing for people. I don’t graduated last May. He got a job down in D.C. for a newsletter organization; want to see that happen. What I really want to know is, what can I do? What he was already covering Congress, and his P.S. was, “Oh—I just heard pretty can we do to prevent that? And it’s not because I want to save newspapers, soon I may be covering the White House beat.” This is less than a year out although I do, but because I want to keep realizing the role we all got in of the Newhouse School. Here is his last paragraph: “And one more thing. it for, and it’s the most necessary role: watching out. Keeping an eye on Quite a few really good reporters I graduated with have decided to give up things. on journalism. For some people that might be the best decision. But I can’t help wondering if some people gave up because they were afraid they won’t Kaplan: In five years, I don’t think there will be home delivery of any be able to get a job. So if you get a chance, tell the students that it’s a tough newspaper. You’ll be able to get a newspaper if you want, but you’ll have industry right now, but there’s no reason to give up on journalism. There are to go get it. People will be getting all their news online. It’ll be a close call, jobs out there, and we need good reporters to get them. Tell them to hang in4
  7. 7. there.” I think that’s what we need to be doing—hanging in there, and trying people. And we just assume everybody else does—and they don’t. Part ofto [inspire in them] the same courage and the passion that that young man news literacy—and I think part of doing every single story—is putting thatleft with. little paragraph in there—“This affects you by…” so that people actually relate to it.Kaplan: I have a senior in high school. Even though she wants to go into thesciences, I say, “You know, you should go to the Newhouse School, because Hayes: I agree with you. But when we were growing up, we didn’t have allyou need to be able to document what you find.” The ability to tell stories, the competition for attention that exists today. With that competition forto document, to report, to ask questions—no matter what field you go into, attention, I think we’re in another place. This is another ballgame. That’sthe skills you get as a journalist translate to anything else you do in society. why I say we really need to do a better job than we are currently doing to reach out to young people, middle-aged people—all of our audience—toGrimes: I can keep turning out lots of very good, strong journalists, but it demonstrate relevance. Because if we don’t, there are a thousand otherdoesn’t matter if the public doesn’t appreciate and value the product that things they could do today with their limited amount of time that we couldwe give them—that very important thing called journalism that’s essential not do in a previous time. … Maybe we need to understand how to betterto democracy. So I think we need to teach something now called news use gaming technology. Can news be part of that? That’s a delivery systemliteracy. I’m really pleased that Dean Branham and I are going to launch an too. We have to pay attention to delivery systems and how to reach them.experimental course in that in spring 2010. I think that’s another way we We have to be more open to ways of telling stories that we may not havehave to go. We have to teach our own business. They teach art appreciation, been open to previously. That doesn’t negate the goodness of the basicmusic appreciation; we need to teach journalism appreciation. story itself or the research that goes into the story. People just absorb information in different ways now.Brown: I think the idea of teaching news literacy is an excellent one. I thinkthere’s a bit of a pendulum thing. We are so much a youth culture right now. Grimes: If we do go into—and it shows some signs of this right now—aI like to think that as this generation gets older, the pendulum will swing metaphorical dark ages in terms of news and journalism and theirback. They’ll realize it’s about more than clicking on an interactive thing or relationship to democracy, I think journalism schools need to servehaving fun with YouTube. I think there is an evolution there. something of the role that the monasteries served in the real dark ages. We’re the place where the knowledge stays. We’re the place that stillHayes: I agree that teaching news literacy is a piece. But it speaks to a holds that candle up there. The purpose of journalism is to give people theproblem—are younger people today and younger people in future, with all information they need to remain free and self-governing. If we go into thatthe options they have, going to go to news? In this sense, I think delivery “dark ages,” we might have to be the place to keep the flame burning forsystems are more important than we like to say. I think we have to do more when it is time for a rebirth.to bring the news to them and to bring it to places where they will see it andnot assume they will seek it out. Brown: One of the things I find when I teach magazine editing classes— most of my students’ classes have been newspaper classes up until then,This will sound somewhat old-fashioned, but we have to do a better job and it’s very hard for them to go from a newspaper model to a magazinetelling stories, telling good stories, and telling stories that the folks who model—from who-what-when-where-why to analysis. I think that’s one ofare going to be our consumers see relevance in. And we’re going to have the strengths of magazines, and an opportunity forto try harder and work more with our respective students to sharpen their other forms of journalism. We need more ofresearch skills, reporting skills, and storytelling skills if we’re going to get that. I think it’s a time when perspectivethe audience we want. that’s clear and not hidden can actually serve our readers and help make storiesGrimes: When something affects you, you pay attention to it. I think one of more relevant.our problems in journalism has been that as we do stories, we’ve knownwhy it’s news, we know why we’re trying to tell it, we know how it affects Grimes: Michael Schudson is a wonderful scholar of journalism and the press, and one of the things he“We need to teach something now called news literacy. says is that journalism creates what’s called “public knowledge”—that at leastThey teach art appreciation, music appreciation; we as long as the information is out there,need to teach journalism appreciation.” —Charlotte Grimes there’s the possibility that someone’s paying GRIMES 5
  8. 8. attention. Sometimes that’s all we can hope for—the possibility that there’s ON WHAT HASN’T CHANGED: somebody paying attention, and that it’s going to mean something to them. Because sometimes you just don’t know. But does that mean you don’t Grimes: First, it’s knowing what is a good story and making it relevant, and do that story that put the governor in jail? Does it mean that you don’t do then telling it well. We like to say everybody’s got a story, but not every that story at Walter Reed? Does it mean that you don’t do that story on the story’s equal. We still need to exercise some good judgment about what Empire Zone? I don’t think so. I think if anything it means you’ve got to do has the greatest effect on the greatest number of people and try to make that much more of it, to make it matter. clear how that affects them. …I think the basic decision you make is how good is the story, and then you find the best way to tell it. And sometimes Davis: In a way, I think the easiest way to you’re going to tell that same story in lots of different ways. My favorite preserve what we all love is to change, newspaper in the world is The Washington Post. And one of the things I love so I’m constantly trying to figure about it now is that as the cursor goes over a politician’s name, for instance, out in my small mind what’s the up pops a little baseball card that tells you the basics of this person, which right way to do that. How do you is fabulous. We all assume everybody knows that [information], but not preserve something by changing? everybody does. And that’s a wonderful way that you can bring new tools to It’s pretty tricky. I’ve found myself telling and enriching a story. being more willing to try things— even things that kind of make me Obbie: We all have to be passionate blanch at times—because I think about saving quality journalism, that’s the right thing to do. I’ve tried no matter how it’s delivered to to be more open to different ways of the public. If we continue to telling a story than the way I know how teach Newhouse students the DAVIS to and that I think I’m pretty good at. So basics of newsgathering and if a student wants to tell a story in a different storytelling, and help them way—if they want to try it as a piece of video, or if they want to adapt those skills to the new tell it just as a graphic—I’m going to let them do it. delivery platforms, then our graduates will continue to The top editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution called me and said, “Do earn the public’s respect. you know anybody with journalism sensibilities who really knows gaming?” They were thinking about playing around with that as a way to tell stories at their newspaper. She would never have called me and said, “Do you know OBBIE any good young reporters who are just graduating?”—because normally it would take 12 to 15 years to get hired by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which is a super paper. They wouldn’t be just hiring people right out of school. But they were looking for a person who, as she said, had “journalism sensibilities and knew games.” WHAT DO YOU THINK? What do you think about the changes in the news industry today—and the challenges and opportunities they pose for aspiring journalists? Please join the conversation by going to newhousenetwork.syr.edu and sharing your thoughts with us and with other Network readers. Responses will be featured in the next issue of the magazine—which will be online and interactive.6
  9. 9. Silverman Symposium The Newhouse School hosted a day-long symposium examining the work and influence of legendary television executive Fred Silverman ’58 on April 8. Silverman is renowned as the executive producer of such popular network television series as Diagnosis Murder, In the Heat of the Night, Father Dowling Mysteries, Matlock, Jake and the Fat Man, and The Perry Mason Mystery Movies. He is now president of The Fred Silverman Company, a multifaceted production and program consulting firm. Participants in the event included 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft ’67; network executive and executive producer Marcy Carsey; executive producer Steven Bochco; and television news executive Bill Small, among others. Robert Thompson, professor of television-radio-film and founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at the Newhouse School, hosted the event. More information about the event is available at silverman.syr.edu.NEWS21: A Different Approach to Storytelling By Uyen Nguyen ’10Jennifer Ward never expected to spend her upcoming summer in Syracuse. selected. “It was so hard to whittle them down,” says Amy Falkner, associateMost students would rather spend summer vacation as far away from dean and News21 project coordinator. “All of them were so talented.” Ofschool as possible. But the graduate student, who is part of the magazine, those selected, five were undergraduates of various majors and six werenewspaper, and online journalism program, is thrilled about staying. She, graduate students. Their research topic is “Teenagers and Technology.”along with 10 other students, is participating in News21, a new 10-week Ward says she decided to apply to the program because “it soundedsummer journalism program at the Newhouse School. like a really amazing opportunity. Curiosity was the thing that drew me Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and in most.” Acceptance into the program, she says, was a high point inJames L. Knight Foundation, the initiative was launched in 2005 as part of her semester. “I have the opportunity to put everything I’ve learned atthe Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism. News21, which Newhouse into a whole new context that’s exciting and fresh,” she says.stands for News for the 21st Century: Incubators of New Ideas, seeks to Students in the program took a course during the spring semesterimprove journalism education by emphasizing innovative, hands-on study to prepare for the 10-week summer internship. “The class was almost allmethods and reporting in ways—and on subjects—that attract new and research and brainstorming,” says Ken Harper, one of three professors whoyounger audiences. The initiative originally included four journalism schools taught the course. “We were trying to wrap our hands around approachingand expanded to 12 in 2008—eight incubator schools and four schools the topic of teens and technology.” The next stage begins in late May,that contribute fellows. Each incubator school picks a specific topic to as students spread out across the country—into 11 communities ininvestigate, report on, and present through a multimedia production on the all—to conduct research and reporting. At the conclusion of the program,News21 web site (newsinitiative.org). In May 2008, Newhouse joined as an the students will design a web site incorporating all of their findings.incubator school. The ultimate aim is to be innovative. “Our mandate is to do something The search for News21 fellows commenced in October, and students different,” Harper says. “We’re trying to document stories in a way that isn’twho were chosen to continue past the first round of applications had to traditional.”interview and present portfolios. Nearly 40 students applied; 11 were 7
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  11. 11. ON THE GROUND AT NEWHOUSE 3:COLLABORATIVE MEDIA ROOMBY KATHLEEN HALEY ’92Midnight approaches as a group of journalists Mac computer stations, equipped with web cams classes allows them to learn from one anotherscramble to meet deadline. They have spent the and software for design, video editing, and audio and explore storytelling in different formats.day feeding Twitter reports and shooting video editing, fill the space along with an interview “It’s one thing to go to a workshop and learnon the fans and excitement leading up to and desk with a remote control video camera. The the software; it’s another thing to use it,” saysthroughout the SU-Rutgers basketball game. room, which is adjacent to the Larry Kramer War Lauren Bertolini ’09, a newspaper journalism andBack in the newsroom, the reporters upload their Room for strategy sessions and discussions, anthropology major, who took the web journalismvideos and make final tweaks. The editor awaits. is wired to tap into the broadcast studios in course. She and her class partner also worked Typical of the rigors of a modern newsroom, Newhouse 2 for live feed. “The CMR is intended on a photography slideshow project with Vuvox,this experience unfolded not at a local media to be a hub from which different experimental an online software program that lets users createoperation but during the Web Journalism and projects will emerge,” says Glass, who has interactive, multimedia slideshows. “We bothInnovation course taught in the sleek confines worked in newsrooms and online departments. primarily have a print focus,” she says. “So it’sof Newhouse 3’s centerpiece: the Collaborative Several classes and projects meet in the really exciting for us to learn more things. I’veMedia Room (CMR). The room allows for CMR, including Web Design and Interactivity, always loved photography but never really hadcollaboration among student journalists who Magazine Management, and the News21 project, the opportunity to use it in a practical way.”learn the techniques and technology of online a national university initiative to better prepare With his office inside the CMR, Glass fostersreporting, a crucial component in the shifting journalists through innovative reporting (see a spirit of collaboration and is working towardfocus of newsrooms. story, p. 7). “My class and these other classes achieving a newsroom environment, offering “As far as the journalism experience, there is provide the opportunity for students to learn technical guidance to the students who fill thecertainly an emphasis on diversifying skills,” says these skills and develop how they think and room during open hours. “What has impressedCMR general manager Jon Glass, who co-teaches approach media so that they might be better me the most is the willingness of students to takethe course with Steve Carlic, web team leader prepared and more adaptable to the changing new software and run with it,” Glass says. “Theyfor The Post-Standard newsroom. “You may not media environment,” Glass says. are teaching themselves, or they are working inbe an expert, but you need to have exposure to The students’ work for the deadline project groups to develop something. The success is thathow an online story comes together. We want ended up on the class blog, but eventually they are learning a new approach to doing theirNewhouse students to gain this experience, this type of work will feed the newly launched reporting or storytelling. The more ways we canbolster their thinking skills, and have an Newshouse online newszine, developed by get them to grasp that idea, the better off theyunderstanding of the tools that are available to Newhouse students in all the disciplines. The will be when it comes to being hired.”them when reporting a story.” mix of students—such as newspaper, broadcast, The media room provides all the latest tools advertising, and magazine majors—collaboratingand software available to tell a news story. Thirty on projects in the CMR and in the CMR-based 9
  12. 12. A dynamic, barrier-breaking commander in chief, global economic upheaval, and a badly tarnished worldview of the United States all make rich scholarly fodder for Professor THE ART OF Nancy Snow. An expert in public diplomacy, American propaganda, and presidential image, Snow seized on this transformative time to reflect in her teaching and writing. PERSUASION Looking at politics with Nancy Snow She pitched the idea of a course, The President, Public Opinion, and Diplomacy, to Dean Lorraine Branham before the November election, betting on the favorable outlook for Obama and the metamorphosis to follow. “We have so many different media sources doing the first 100 days,” says Snow, who teaches in the public diplomacy program sponsored by the Newhouse School and the Maxwell School. “I really wanted students to experience this from an academic perspective, examine this in the context of the literature and what they’re learning in their respective disciplines.” BY KATHLEEN HALEY ’92 The 12 students in the master’s level international relations course debated such topics as the president’s multilateral approach to foreign policy and the language of the new administration. Reading assignments included Snow’s latest book, Persuader-In- Chief: Global Opinion and Public Diplomacy in the Age of Obama. Persuader-in-Chief, part of Nimble Books’ The Age of Obama series, reflects on Obama’s image and the challenges he faces. Snow sees Obama’s rise in terms of how he crafted himself as a credible figure. “I do see him as a propaganda figure, not in an insidious sense, but rather in terms of his being a major marketing symbol,” she says. In literature describing successful communicators, Snow says, credibility relies on three tenets: goodwill, trust, and expertise, with composure being a secondary tenet. “He’s very favorable in all those areas. But composure is where he is particularly strong,” she says. “That’s why I called the book ‘Persuader-in-Chief’—because I wanted to examine persuasion in the context of the presidency and look at it in terms of goodwill, trust, and expertise.” Snow, who earned a B.A. degree in political science from Clemson University in South Carolina and a Ph.D. in international relations from American University in Washington, D.C., has explored U.S. foreign policy, public diplomacy, and persuasion in several books, including Propaganda, Inc.; Information War: American Propaganda, Free Speech and Opinion Control Since 9/11; and The Arrogance of American Power: What U.S. Leaders Are Doing Wrong and Why It’s Our Duty to Dissent, in which she discusses her time as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany and its impact on her professional life. She is lead editor with Philip Taylor of the Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy. Her career also includes positions with the U.S. Information Agency; University of Southern California, Annenberg; University of California, Los Angeles; and Tsinghua University’s School of Journalism and Communication in Beijing, where she was a visiting professor. Her breadth of experience in the fields of American diplomacy and propaganda, which has become even more sought after since 9/11, has led to numerous appearances as a media source for television, as a guest lecturer, and as a column writer, which includes blogging for HuffingtonPost.com. A Cornell University Press editor recently wrote that “Snow’s work in the field of public diplomacy has no equal.” “This is coursing through my blood all the time,” Snow says. “I can’t take anything at face value. Propaganda study forces you to look at the landscape as opposed to the street level.” Snow wants her students to develop the same discriminating outlook. “It’s a job skill in terms of interpretation and critical examination,” she says. She also encourages students to figure out their passion in life by considering what they can’t live without. For Snow, it’s having a voice and writing. “I cannot not write,” she says. “And my teaching is an extension of that. It helps me become a better writer, and I help students with their writing and education.”10
  13. 13. BENCHMARK TRIPS OFFERA GLIMPSE OF THE FUTUREBY AMY SPEACHEach year, top students from across the Graduate Industry Seminar. From sunup to well successful by giving generously of their timeNewhouse School are offered an insider’s view past sundown, their schedule was packed tight and talents. “Alumni tell me they love helping,of their chosen field through participation in the with speakers and panels of industry leaders, because they remember how difficult it is startingschool’s benchmark trips to the nation’s media tours, and opportunities to view tapings of out,” Chessher says. “Once you have beencapitals. Whether they are magazine majors who television shows, including The Young and the working for three or four years, it is easy to forgetmeet in New York City with editors of the world’s Restless and Two and a Half Men. “To be honest, how starry-eyed you were. Meeting with thesemost celebrated publications, television-radio- there’s not even a lot of time to eat,” says Shelly students, who are so enthusiastic, reminds youfilm (TRF) graduate students who sit in on Los Griffin, program coordinator for magazine, how lucky you are to be doing what you studied.Angeles tapings of popular TV shows, or those TRF, and the magazine, newspaper, and online And I think it reconnects people to a place thatstudying documentary film history, newspaper graduate program. “We do that deliberately had a big part in their lives.”and online journalism, public relations, or visual to give students the best possible overview Alumni also offer financial support for theand interactive communications, students reap of the field, and so they can meet as many trips. Stacey Okun Mindich ’86 and her husband,the benefits of personal encounters with industry professionals as possible. We really try to make Eric, provide funding each year for the magazineleaders—many of whom are SU alumni. their heads spin from the range of opportunities, department’s New York trip. Gary Lico ’76 According to Professor Melissa Chessher, so that when they come back they go, ‘Wow! I supports the TRF industry seminar for graduatechair of the magazine department and director didn’t realize I could do that,’ and ‘Oh, I really students held in New York City in December. Theof the magazine, newspaper, and online want to do this.’ ” public relations department trips to New Yorkjournalism graduate program, benchmark trips Sixteen magazine journalism students City are sponsored by Shelly Lotman Fisher ’80.benefit students in many ways and help enliven spent an equally vigorous three days in New York “SU has such loyal, devoted alumni,” Griffinstudents’ optimism as they prepare to move from in January, meeting with Newhouse alumni in says. “There just aren’t enough hours in thethe University to the workplace. “It is exciting to positions at GQ, Self, Teen Vogue, Esquire.com, day or dollars in the budget to bring to campusmeet people who were once like you and who Cosmopolitan.com, the New York Post, and other everyone who wants to share their time andnow have these great jobs,” she says. “Seeing highly regarded media. They were treated to two experience with students. So the benchmarktheir career in action intensifies their passion panel discussions—one with recent graduates trips enable us to go to them, and to meet withfor what they’ve been studying and gives them and another with more experienced alumni. “It’s many people across many platforms. We couldn’thope that they’ll be working in the field after amazing how, from one year to the next, students do it without the amazing help and support wethey graduate. And it is hard to overestimate the basically switch sides of the table,” Chessher receive from alumni. They are just awesome.”networking opportunity it offers students.” says. “Those who are looking for a job now will The trips take different forms to meet the be talking to next year’s seniors about their For more information about the Newhouseneeds of individual departments. For example, positions next time we come.” benchmark trips or to get involved, contact Shelly18 TRF graduate students traveled to Los Angeles Both Chessher and Griffin credit the school’s Griffin at 315-443-4004 or migriffi@syr.edu.for five days in January as part of a three-credit alumni with making the benchmark trips so 11
  14. 14. JAILED FOR JOURNALISM BY WENDY S. LOUGHLIN Two journalists who have at times risked their lives for their profession were honored this year by the Newhouse School’s Tully Center for Free Speech. Barry Bearak, co-Southern Africa bureau chief with The New York Times, and Frank Chikowore, a freelance journalist in Zimbabwe, were the recipients of the 2009 Tully Center Free Speech Award, which is given annually to a journalist or journalists who have faced obstacles to free speech. Barry Bearak Frank Chikowore A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Bearak was jailed in Zimbabwe last Chikowore was also arrested in events surrounding the Zimbabwe elections spring for covering the elections without government permission. He was last spring. He was taken into custody while covering a strike organized taken into custody during a raid on a small hotel frequented by foreign by the opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change, which was journalists in Harare and held in prison for five days before being released demanding the release of the election results. Initially held incommunicado, on bail. The raid was believed to have been part of a crackdown by the he remained in detention for 17 days while police tried, and failed, to accuse government of long-time President Robert Mugabe, who was doing poorly in him of various crimes. He was finally charged with public violence connected the elections. with a bus burning at the site of the strike and released on bail. He was “I was being charged with the crime of ‘committing journalism,’” eventually removed from remand after the state failed to prosecute him. Bearak later wrote in his Times account of the ordeal. “One of my captors, Chikowore was a reporter for the Weekly Times before government Detective Inspector Dani Rangwani, described the offense to me as authorities closed the paper in 2005. He has since been working as a something despicable, almost hissing the words: ‘You’ve been gathering, freelance reporter. He also runs a popular blog that provided critical processing, and disseminating the news.’” coverage of the presidential election and its aftermath, but the government The charges against Bearak were dismissed after about two weeks, and has placed tight restrictions on it. he returned home to Johannesburg before authorities could re-arrest him. “At the end of the day, I feel I have an obligation to inform Zimbabweans of what’s going on in the world around them,” says Chikowore. He says all journalists in Zimbabwe face a constant battle in the quest for free speech. “We’ve been threatened, yes. But we will not succumb to the pressure.” An awards ceremony was held at the school in January. Chikowore attended and told the story of his jailing in Zimbabwe and why he believes in free speech and a free press. He also met with Newhouse classes. Bearak was on assignment in Africa and unable to attend, but his story was told in a student-produced multimedia presentation during the ceremony. The original slate of nominees for the award was put forth by a panel of professionals. Finalists were chosen by a committee of SU students and faculty. Endowed by the late Joan Tully ’69, the Newhouse School’s Tully Center educates students and the public about the value of free speech through education, resources, and research. For more information, go to tully.syr.edu. Frank Chikowore and Dean Branham12
  15. 15. FACULTY BOOKSHELF BY UYEN NGUYEN ’10Four Newhouse faculty members published books years and 12 visits, he compiled about 40,000earlier this year. They each used life experiences, as photos. More than 250 of those photos, most ofwell as years of research, to address issues near and which were taken by students, are included in thedear to their hearts. book. Ultimately, the book aims to capture the Magazine journalism professor Harriet Brown essence of Lockerbie. “For people to appreciate andpublished Feed Me: Writers Dish About Food, Eating, understand how much more this place is than justWeight and Body Image, a compilation of essays where Pan Am 103 went down is the most importantfrom various female writers, including herself, on the objective of this book,” says co-author Chessher.subject of eating and body image. Brown says she “And I hope it does that well.”grew up in a household where weight was equated Religion and media professor and formerwith self-worth; at an early age, she struggled with reporter Gustav Niebuhr explores interreligiousdieting. “Like many girls, I measured my worth and cooperation in Beyond Tolerance: Searching forsense of self by how thin I was,” she says. Brown’s Interfaith Understanding in America. The bookown experiences growing up and her daughter’s explores the cooperation between religious groupsexperience with anorexia inspired her to compile in various communities across the country, fromthe book. “I wanted to put together an anthology Hindus and Quakers in Queens to Catholics and Jewsthat spoke to women across the spectrum—thin, fat, in Baltimore. Named one of the best books of 2008dieting or not, happy with themselves or miserable,” by Publishers Weekly and recipient of the Frederic G.she says. “I wanted to create a book that would Melcher Book Award from the Unitarian Universalistinspire girls and women to make peace with their Society, Niebuhr’s book also has won praisebodies and their essential selves.” from scholars and critics. “Niebuhr has made an Looking for Lockerbie is a collaboration important contribution by observing that America,between Larry Mason, professor of visual and through good-faith exchange between liberty-lovinginteractive communications, and Melissa Chessher, believers, has come a long way indeed,” says Theprofessor of magazine journalism, and includes Washington Post.contributions from about 30 Newhouse students. Beyond Tolerance shows that incidents ofThe book compiles photographs and stories about religious fanaticism and bigotry seen in the newsLockerbie, Scotland, the site of the Pan Am Flight are not representative of the country as a whole,103 crash that claimed the lives of 35 Syracuse and that many people are working together towardUniversity students in December 1988. For Mason, better understanding and accepting differencesthe book touched upon a personal area. “It was rather than merely tolerating them. “I felt inspired tobound to be emotional right from the start because write the book because, as a journalist working forof my involvement with eight of the Pan Am victims,” The New York Times, I became aware of a great dealhe says. of interfaith conversation and collaboration going Mason started collecting photos of the on at the grassroots level in local communities,” hesmall town and its 4,000 inhabitants when he says. “It seldom made news, but it struck me as anfirst visited Lockerbie in 1996 with a group of 15 important trend.”photojournalism students; over the course of 12 13
  16. 16. Pooling Talents for Piano Instruction From left, Richard Breyer, Greg Hedges, Fred Karpoff A woman watches and listens to part of the 3-D Piano series at the debut event last February. BY COLLEEN KEILTY ’09 A two-year project featuring the differing talents of three Syracuse Instruction is two-part, allowing viewers to both observe Karpoff teaching University professors culminated in February with the completion of 3-D a student and learn how to perform what they just observed. The series Piano, a six-DVD series that provides pianists and instructors with a unique includes nine units: The first three focus on the basics, such as hand approach to learning and teaching the instrument. position, proper posture, and chord assembly. These lay the groundwork for 3-D Piano features SU music professor Fred Karpoff, who originated the later units, which address more advanced concepts, such as trills, scales, idea for the series, on the piano and Richard Breyer, Newhouse professor octaves, and arpeggios. of television-radio-film, as cinematographer. The series, which uses the Breyer says 3-D Piano is more than an instructional series. “At its core, camera to teach specific techniques, is the first of its kind to be filmed in it’s a series of stories about a master teacher helping his students find their high definition. It includes 280 minutes of video and an accompanying 84- voices,” he says. “I believe we captured Fred’s personality, pedagogical page workbook designed by Greg Hedges, Newhouse professor of visual style, and approach.” and interactive communications, who also designed the 3-D Piano logo and Hedges says he feels fortunate to have been a part of the project. “It web site (3-dpiano.com). The instruction replaces traditional techniques of was such a great experience for me both creatively and professionally,” he piano, such as curled fingers of the same length and thumb-under scales, says. “Fred Karpoff, Richard Breyer, and I brought to the table such different with concepts that include the “quiet hand” and “released fingers.” areas of expertise, and I think that the final product reflects that diversity Karpoff developed the technique as part of his healing process after and those various avenues of creativity that we’re all involved with in our suffering a vocational injury about 20 years ago. “The concept of the idea lives.” is that in music, circular, fluid gestures produce more continuous, beautiful Karpoff credits the University for the creation of 3-D Piano. “Musicians sound, and jagged or stopped gestures produce a more angular sound,” don’t tend to have the kind of resources to mount an enterprise like this,” he says Karpoff. “So the concept of three-dimensional movement developed in says. “We were very fortunate to pool our creative talents and to have the the work that I did not only in my own recovery, but particularly in the work I resources of the University to support us.” did with students.” For information on purchasing a copy of 3-D Piano or to watch a short The series targets music teachers as well as those with an intermediate clip from the series, go to 3-dpiano.com. knowledge of piano who are curious about instructional methods.14
  17. 17. HAPPENING AT NEWHOUSEA sampling of some of the speakers and other Steven Greenhouse, labor and workplace reporter Magazine writer Jeannie Ralston discussed herguests who visited the Newhouse School during for The New York Times, discussed his book book The Unlikely Lavender Queen.the past academic year: The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker. David Remnick, editor-Actor Alan Alda and writer/director Ron Lurie in-chief of The Newcame to campus for an exclusive advance Bruce Himelstein, senior vice president of sales Yorker and Pulitzerscreening of the film Nothing But the Truth. and marketing for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., Prize-winning author, spoke on “Who’s the Customer?” gave a public addressNeill Borowski, managing editor of the Rochester and dedicated theDemocrat and Chronicle, Pulitzer Prize finalist and C-Span founder Brian Lamb took part in an open Glavin Magazine Lab inwinner of the Goldsmith Award for investigative conversation with Newhouse Dean Lorraine Newhouse 1.reporting; Bill Carey, senior reporter and veteran Branham.Central New York political reporter for News10 Kevin Roberts, top executive at preeminentNow; and Aileen Gallagher ’99, associate Charles Lustig, director of foreign news for ABC international advertising agency Saatchi &editor/online for New York magazine joined News, conducted a post-election discussion on Saatchi, spoke on: “Walk through the Fire: FromCharlotte Grimes, Newhouse’s Knight Chair in such topics as the fallout abroad from the U.S. transactions toPolitical Reporting, for the National Press Club election, the role of international reporting in relationships, frompanel “What Good Is the Press?” The panel was network news, and the impact of the Internet on communicationsmoderated by Gil Klein, former president of the reporting from all over the world. to connections,National Press Club and national correspondent from advertising tofor the Media General News Service. Tim McNeal, vice president of talent development ideas, from brands and diversity for the Disney-ABC Television Group, to Lovemarks, fromAdvertising photographer Clint Clemens ’71 took part in the ninth annual “Conversation on green to blue.”discussed the expanding role of technology in Race and Television” with Newhouse professor-of-photography, especially computer-generated practice Richard Dubin. Author and journalistimaging and 3-D imaging for the web. Larry Tye spoke on Edward Bernays, the “father of Ron Meyer, president and chief operating officer public relations.” Sportscaster Bob of NBC Universal, held a question-and-answer Costas ’74 discussed session with students. Photographer Stephen Wilkes ’80 gave a public his work at the Beijing talk. Olympics and other Kim Osorio, former editor-in-chief of The Source topics in an open magazine and editor-at-large for BET.com, David Wolfe, creative director of The Doneger question-and-answer discussed her experience as the first female Group, discussed the status of fashion during session for students. editor-in-chief of The Source. challenging economic times. Drew Esocoff, sports Deborah Potter, executive director of NewsLab Advertising executivedirector with NBC Sports and director of Super and former reporter with CBS and CNN, and Antony Young,Bowl XLIII, led a weeklong workshop on sports award-winning journalists Boyd Huppert and president of the mediadirecting for students in Newhouse’s Sports Jonathan Malat of KARE-TV came to campus for agency OptimediaProduction course. the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters US, spoke on Association workshop. “Profitable MarketingSteven Grasse ’87, CEO of Gyro Worldwide Communication:Advertising, gave a talk on guerrilla and viral Candy Pratts Price, executive fashion director of Strategies for Deliveringmarketing. STYLE.COM, discussed the fashion media. Marketing Return on Investment.” 15
  18. 18. Shannon Bowen authored the book chapters Larry Elin served as a judge for the Rammy Patricia Longstaff presented “Managing and “Foundations in moral philosophy for public Awards, a student media festival at Suffolk Regulating Network Industries for Sustainability relations ethics” (in Public Relations: From University in Boston; the Broadcast Education and Resilience” and served as a member of the Theory to Practice); “Frames of terrorism provided Association (BEA)’s research paper competition; scientific program committee at the Building by the news media and potential communications and the Festival of Media Arts’ “solo” web Networks for a Brighter Future conference, responses” (in Terrorism: Communications site competition. He served on the panel “The sponsored by the Next Generation Infrastructures and Rhetorical Perspective); and “Ethical Teaching Swap Shop” at the BEA conference, Foundation and the IEEE Systems, Man, and responsibility and guidelines for managing where he spoke about a PSA project he and Cybernetics Society. Her op-ed, “There are no issues of risk and risk communications” (in others worked on for Syracuse’s AIDS Community perfect answers,” was published in Newsday. Handbook of Risk and Crisis Communications). Resources. She also authored the article “A state of neglect: Mark Obbie was a featured speaker at the New Public relations as corporate conscience or Tula Goenka produced and edited the 22-minute Hampshire Supreme Court’s “law school for ethics counsel” (in Journal of Public Relations Spanish language documentary El Charango with journalists,” an annual daylong training session Research). Newhouse alumnus Jim Virga, who directed. It for reporters who cover the courts. His LawBeat was screened at the Miami Short Film Festival. blog was named to the American Bar Association Harriet Brown wrote the article “The Story of My Journal’s list of best law blogs, the “Blawg 100,” Dream House,” which was published in Health Roy Gutterman wrote an article on the U.S. for the second year in a row. magazine. The article discusses her move from Supreme Court case FCC v. Fox, based on his Madison, Wis., to Syracuse, and the houses she attendance at the oral arguments, which was Kevin O’Neill wrote the op-ed “Recovery: Hard has known and loved. published in The National Law Journal. Work, Hard Truth,” which was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Fiona Chew is the founding editor of a new, Ken Harper developed and designed a web site online open-access journal, Journal of Health and for the Teacher Support Network, a national Douglas Quin was mixer and principal sound Mass Communication, published by Marquette nonprofit organization. designer for the Werner Herzog film Encounters Journals (www.marquettejournals.org). at the End of the World, nominated for best Johanna Keller hosted a panel discussion on the documentary feature at the 81st Academy Vin Crosbie spent five days in the Republic of arts featuring culture writers from The New York Awards. Filmed in Antarctica, Encounters uses Montenegro teaching investigative journalists Times and Newsweek magazine at SU’s Lubin natural soundscapes previously collected by Quin from there, Kosovo, Bosnia, Russia, Ukraine, and House in New York City. She also served as a on that southern continent. South Africa how to broadcast online as a way panelist at CUNY Graduate Center’s symposium to circumvent censorship of traditional news on theater criticism hosted by American Theater Maria Russell spoke on “International Trends and broadcasting. Magazine. She delivered the keynote address at Issues in Public Relations and Communications a “writing about the arts” symposium at Penn Management” to the students and faculty of State University. She writes a regular local arts Chongqing University’s College of Literature and column and reviews restaurants for Central New Journalism in Chongqing, China. York—The Good Life magazine. Brian Sheehan wrote the article “Could Google Get MySpaced Like Friendster?” which was published in Advertising Age.16
  19. 19. CRISIS CONTROL: JAMES OLSON ’91 BY COLLEEN KEILTY ’09 James Olson ’91 was conducting a meeting Olson recognizes about crisis planning when a team member that there will burst into his office and interrupted. He told always be “armchairNancy Snow authored the book chapter “US Olson he had a phone call from Reuters and quarterbacks”Propaganda” in American Culture and Thought in they wanted a comment about US Airways second-guessingthe 21st Century. She is a regular blogger for the Flight 1549, which had just made an emergency the response, butHuffington Post. landing in the Hudson River. Olson, vice he is pleased that president of corporate communications for the overwhelmingBruce Strong accompanied a group of Central US Airways, flipped on CNN and quickly saw majority of feedbackNew York doctors and medical students to the tragedy that the rest of the world was from the media andsouthern Sudan, where he photographed their witnessing. He sprang into action. public has beenwork at the Duk Lost Boys clinic. He also served “I will never forget the pit I felt in my positive.as multimedia producer at the Eddie Adams stomach at that moment and the fear I felt for The quick andWorkshop. He led Newhouse’s four-day Fall what at the time I thought could have been dedicated responseWorkshop, which hosted 20 professionals and major tragedy unfolding before my eyes,” from Olson and other employees of US Airwaysmore than 65 Newhouse students. He served as Olson says of the January 15 incident. “I am proved favorable. Many of the passengersa team coach and Final Cut Pro instructor at the very, very grateful things turned out the way from Flight 1549 have already flown with US2009 National Press Photographers Association’s that they did.” Airways since the accident and some moreMultimedia Immersion Seminar. The communications response to the than once. It took just 40 minutes after the accident was a phenomenal team effort both accident occurred for the first press releaseRobert Thompson has been named to the within US Airways and among more than two to be issued, which, under the circumstances,board of directors of the Museum of Broadcast dozen agencies and organizations from New pleased Olson.Communications in Chicago. He will serve as York, New Jersey, and beyond, says Olson. Olson moved to Arizona from Seattle tocoordinator of a massive project to make the The main concern and focus was on the crew join US Airways in April of 2008. He held amuseum’s 85,000 hours of historical television and passengers of the flight, all of whom variety of public relations jobs before this one,programming available free online. As the survived. This compassion “was a cornerstone including two other vice president positions,museum’s chief scholar, Thompson will provide of the success of the airline’s response to this and he co-founded a public relations agency.historical essays to accompany the online accident,” Olson says. At each and every job, he says, he gives 100offerings. The US Airways corporate communications percent. “I’ve always believed that if you are team faced a number of tasks in response to going to do something, you should give itFrancis Ward presented “Media Bias” at the the accident. Among them: enhancing their everything you have, and I have done just thatAssociation for Education in Journalism and Mass “crisis war room” with extra phone lines with every job I’ve had,” says Olson, who alsoCommunication conference. and computers to respond more efficiently stresses the importance of taking risks and to the hundreds of media calls; deploying being innovative.Roosevelt “Rick” Wright received the 2009 communications team members to both Olson says his education at the NewhouseCommunity of Color Award of Social Conscience the accident site and to Charlotte, North School has been the bedrock of his career.from the New York Institute of Dance & Education, Carolina, the plane’s intended destination; “More important than anything, Newhouseand the Annual Founder’s Day Award from and maintaining a steady flow of employee taught me to be innovative and to push theElizabeth State University. communications to keep everyone updated. boundaries of the public relations profession,” “I am extremely proud of the he says. “Newhouse was a pioneer in public professionalism, dedication, and focus every relations education, and I’ve made every effort one of our teams demonstrated,” Olson says. to keep this trailblazing spirit alive in my own “We learned a lot from this experience and will career.” put the many lessons we learned to use in any possible future incidents.” 17
  20. 20. A group of students from The NewHouse, Andrew Johnstone, a senior majoring in “Academic science engagement with the a student-run advertising firm in the magazine journalism, received a 2009 DPRK” (co-authored with Stuart Thorson) in Newhouse School, placed first in the 2008 Chauncy Holmes Award recognizing KEI Academic Paper Series on Korea. Campaigns Competition, sponsored by excellence in introductory earth science. Café Abroad. Students on the winning team Amanda St. Hilaire and Danielle Waugh, included Catherine Borod, project director; Lucien Jung, Anne Koester, Jason both sophomore broadcast journalism Dan Hubsher, Katelin DeStefano, and Eric Kohlbrenner, and Kathleen Miller, graduate majors, were honored at the Finger Lakes Cleckner, graphic designers; Greg Rozmus, students in television-radio-film, won Regional American Mock Trial Association Dan Kelly, Pete Ceran, Maria Sinopoli, first place in the Broadcast Education tournament. St. Hilaire received the and Paul Savaiano, from The NewHouse Association’s paper competition for their All-Regional Witness Award, and Waugh management team; and additional students paper “Toward a New Interactive Online received the All-Regional Attorney Award. Katie Stirn, Elyssa Byck, Joanna Rozansky, TV Paradigm: Reappropriating television Leslie Fines, Lauren Hansen, Adam Rubin, content to induce greater program Students in the Goldring Arts Journalism and Alyssa Hennessey. Ed Russell, assistant engagement,” which they presented at the Program received a 2009 Chancellor’s professor of advertising, is faculty advisor association’s 2009 convention. Award for Public Engagement and to The NewHouse. Scholarship from SU. They were honored for Allie MacPherson, Kory Mello and Amber their community work, including publication Four Newhouse students were among a Rinehard, all master’s students in public of The Mix, the program’s annual arts diverse group of SU students who spent relations, won the 2009 Arthur W. Page supplement to the Syracuse Post-Standard. their spring break in Jerusalem studying Society case study competition. The trio, how Christian, Jewish, and Muslim people who won first place for their case study On Election Day 2008, more than 25 have lived together in that part of the world on Whole Foods, split a $2,500 prize. students in Newhouse’s Web Journalism and for centuries. The students were Racquel Their faculty advisor was Maria Russell, Innovation class produced video and Twitter Clarke, a junior newspaper journalism professor of public relations and director reports for the Syracuse Post-Standard major; Elizabeth Ferree, a senior public of Newhouse’s independent study degree from the new Collaborative Media Room in relations major; Anna Koulouris, a junior program in communications management. Newhouse 3. The students canvassed local newspaper journalism major; Garret Pustay, polling stations, barbershops, churches, a senior broadcast journalism major; Carissa Matthews and Marguerite Moore and community centers to report on the and Jennifer Ward, a master’s student are among six SU seniors remaining in minority community’s reaction to and in magazine, newspaper, and online Syracuse after graduation to work on thoughts about the historic presidential journalism. Hendricks Chapel sponsored the community sustainable development election. While reporting in the community, interfaith trip. More information is available projects as part of the SU Engagement students filed more than 50 quick updates online at hendricks.syr.edu/jerusalem/ Fellowships. The yearlong fellowship from cell phones and laptops using Twitter, index.html. program, supported by the Kauffman a real-time short messaging service. From Foundation, provides a year of paid the Collaborative Media room, they also SU recently placed first in the Hearst employment at a local company or nonprofit produced 15 videos, which were posted on Journalism Awards Program Intercollegiate organization, or as an entrepreneur in Syracuse.com. Broadcast News Competition. Finalists and Central New York, as well as remitted winners from Newhouse included Ryan tuition for a year of graduate study at SU. Two teams of students from Newhouse Jay Fishman (fourth place, radio news); Matthews is a public relations major, and advertising courses are developing a Alex Silverman (eighth place, radio news); Moore is a television-radio-film major. marketing and advertising plan for urFooz, Landon Sears (fourth place, television a social networking product developed by news); and Victoria Wells (eighth place, Doctoral student Hyunjin Seo published the web development company Fuhu Inc. It television news). SU had the highest two papers: “International media coverage allows users to create a personalized avatar accumulated student points from the two of North Korea: A study of journalists and embedded in a baseball-type card that can broadcast competitions. news reports on the six-party nuclear talks” be used on social networking sites. in the Asian Journal of Communication and18
  21. 21. RUNNING HER OWN CAMPAIGN:LAURA GILLIES HOLLIS ’98BY SHEILA LANE ’86In 1997, Laura Gillies Hollis and a group of her fellow television-radio-film With credentials and tickets in hand, Hollis left behind her husband,majors descended upon Washington, D.C., to cover President Clinton’s Jason Hollis ’99, and their toddler and hopped on a plane with twosecond inauguration. If someone had told Hollis back then that in 12 years colleagues and her excited, young news crew. Once they arrived inshe would return to that same spot with nine sixth-graders in tow, she Washington, the activity was nonstop. The group visited the Newseum andprobably wouldn’t have believed it. Yet that’s exactly what she did. The Washington Post, interviewed anchors at National Public Radio and Currently a technology teacher at St. James’ Episcopal School in Los Voice of America, danced at the HOPE Youth Ball, and attended the secretaryAngeles, Hollis envisioned an adventure that would intertwine her students’ of state brunch.study of U.S. government with technology. She proposed to the school On Inauguration Day, Hollis’s team woke up at 3 a.m., donned theiradministration that she take a group of sixth-graders to the presidential matching blue hats, and headed out to Capitol Hill. Passing military tanks,inauguration—not as tourists, but as journalists. The students would be they took their place in line with thousands of others. Hours of fruitlessrequired to do research, conduct interviews, and report back to the student waiting passed. Undaunted, Hollis texted Newman for help, and hebody with podcasts and blogs. Hollis was clear on her mission: “I wanted instructed her to come another way. Hollis linked arms with the studentsthe students to have a voice in this historic moment,” she says. “They are next to her and told her two fellow chaperones to do the same. “There wasall very savvy. They are daily consumers of technology, but I wanted them to a point when I couldn’t see who I was linked with,” Hollis recalls. Weavingsee that they could be producers as well.” her way through the crowds, she reached an entry gate with just moments With two months to go before the inauguration, Hollis received the to spare. Shouting, “Let the kids in the blue hats through!” she led heradministration’s blessing and announced an essay contest to find her students to their front-row seats to history.journalists. Once she selected her nine winners, a flurry of activity began. Later that day, Hollis arranged a live video chat with the assembledFundraising, press releases, training sessions, and the creation of a web student body back in Los Angeles. The entire experience, Hollis says, leftsite (www.sjsgoestoDC.org) were all put into gear. Hollis led the charge to her relieved, exhilarated, and immensely proud of her can-do journalists.contact members of Congress and anyone else who might secure media “It was the high point of my educational career,” she says. Would she do itcredentials and tickets for the group. The local CBS television affiliate again in four years? “Yes. No question.”picked up the story and sent a reporter, who not only interviewed the sixth-graders but also allowed them to interview her. However, it was an article in Sheila (Curran) Lane ’86 lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jeff Lanea neighborhood paper that gave Hollis the break she needed. A former St. ’84, and their three children. She currently works as a freelance writer.James student and current D.C. resident, Tom Newman, saw it and sent hertickets to the inauguration. 19

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