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Newhouse Network magazine, spring 2008

  1. 1. Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications spring 2008 Vol. 20 No. 2
  2. 2. David Rubin in 1990, the year he became dean of the Newhouse School.
  3. 3. Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications spring 2008 Vol. 20 No. 2 Dean in this issue: David M. Rubin Dean’s Column 2 Executive Editor Wendy S. Loughlin G’95 New Dean Named 4 Editor Mirror Awards 5 Carol L. Boll 4 Newhouse at Beijing 6 Contributors Jaime Winne Alvarez ’02 Student Protesters Remembered 7 Jim Baxter G’07, G’08 Aleta Burchyski G’08 Primary Coverage 8 Kathleen Haley ’92 Ashley Hanry ’04 Tully Award for Free Speech 8 Larry Kramer ’72 David Marc Learning by Doing 9 Jac’leen Smith G’08 Amy Speach New/Retiring Faculty 10 5 Photography Student Ambassadors 11 Steve Sartori Wendy S. Loughlin G’95 I-3 Center 12 Tony Golden A Tribute to David Rubin 13 Graphic Design Elizabeth Percival Faculty Briefs 16 Assistant Dean of Student News 17 External Relations Lynn A. Vanderhoek ’89 Howard ’80 and Gail Campbell Woolley ’79 18 8 Office of External Eric Bress ’92 19 Relations 315-443-5711 Reflections from a Trailblazer 20 Web Site In Memoriam: Fred Dressler ’63 21 Newhouse Challenge 21 On the cover: Newspaper Design Awards 22 Dean David Rubin Class Notes 232 13
  4. 4. In the spring and summer of 1990, once I knew I was going to serve as the dean of the Newhouse School but before I arrived on campus, I tried to find something to read that would help me function as a dean. I had a feeling I was about to enter an unusual world, and I wanted to be ready. Unfortunately, nothing I read really prepared me for this job. There was no driver’s manual for being a dean, nor is there now. But Dean’s Column with 18 years of experience behind me, I have figured out a few things. So, with a bow to David Letterman, and in no particular order, here is a top 10 list of Rubin’s Rules of the Road for Surviving as a Dean: 1. Teach at least one course every semester. The 4. You can spend an infinite amount of money students are what this job is all about. Stay in touch on new communications technology, and the vendors with them. They are your best source of information are only too happy to oblige. You can also waste a lot about what’s really happening in the school. It’s also of money on technology. Before spending anything, a lot easier to lead a faculty if the faculty sees you ask yourself how the purchase of this hardware or in the classroom trenches with them. And saying, software, or this camera, is going to improve the “Sorry—I have a class to teach,” is the best excuse quality of instruction in the school. If there isn’t a for not going to yet another meeting. clear pedagogical imperative, resist the urge, and just say no. 2. The school is only as good as the quality of students it attracts. Make lots of time to talk to 5. In developing curriculum, keep a close eye parents, high school students, college counselors, on the media industry and the needs of employers, and potential graduate students. The best but don’t try to make wholesale changes to the salesperson for the school can be the dean if the curriculum until, and unless, you are absolutely dean shows a real appetite for it. certain where the industry is headed. Changing 3. curriculum from top to bottom is stressful on faculty and students alike. Too much change can signal Follow the money. A university is, in some indecision. But when you think you know the needs ways, like any other business. If you don’t know the of the industry, meet them. The worst sin is not workings of your own budget, someone else will, preparing our students for what they will face. and you won’t get your fair share of resources for the school. While a strong budget director is a must, make sure you understand how your own revenues are calculated and where opportunities lie.2
  5. 5. 6. 9. Here is an 11th rule, for good measure. Remember that the school is a brand andthat the dean is a brand manager. To be a playeron the national scene, the school must have a Fund raising can be fun if you approach it with the right attitude. Friends of the school want to give if you can find the right project for 11. Know when to get out, which for me is now. Don’t overstay your welcome. The schoolstrong presence in New York and Los Angeles, at them. Learn their interests. Determine what needs new ideas, a new public face, renewedleast. Don’t be afraid to spend money on brand would make them happy. Then find a good match energy. In Lorraine Branham, who is joining usmanagement, even if it is not immediately clear with one of the school’s needs. Successful fund July 1 from the Journalism School at Texas-Austin,how that will pay off. It will. raising is, and must be, win-win. we have that person.7. Your alumni are your ace in the hole. 10. Remember that while you report I will be spending the 2008-09 academic yearThey extend the brand every time they take a to the provost, you won’t survive five minutes on a sabbatical leave, the first of my 38-yearnew job and perform well. They are your best without the support of the faculty and the academic career. But I will return to the facultyspokespeople. They provide help to current students. They are your true constituency. Treat in 2009-2010 to teach more, to write, and tostudents and resources for the school as a whole. them fairly and with respect, and give them an keep in touch with all of you. Thanks for being soTreat them very well. honest day’s work. supportive over the past 18 years. The school’s8. success is a reflection of your success. We couldn’t have done it without you. If any student, parent, or alumnushas a problem, don’t let it fester, and try not todelegate it. Solve it. Make everyone know thatthe school cares, and that the dean cares, too.It is amazing what some personal attention canaccomplish. 3
  6. 6. Lorraine Branham named Newhouse dean By wendy S. Loughlin Lorraine Branham, director nominations and 60 Inquirer, including associate of the School of Journalism applicants following a seven- managing editor for features. and G.B. Dealey Regents month nationwide search. She also worked as a Professor at the University She will succeed David M. reporter at the Philadelphia of Texas at Austin, has Rubin, who steps down this Tribune; the Courier-Post been named dean of the spring after 18 years as dean. in Cherry Hill, N.J.; the Newhouse School, effective “We applaud the Philadelphia Bulletin; and Branham twice served Branham holds a July 1. The appointment was great progress under Dean the Baltimore Sun. as a juror for the Pulitzer bachelor’s degree in announced in March by SU David Rubin,” said Donald She has taught Prizes journalism awards television, radio, and film Vice Chancellor and Provost E. Newhouse, president reporting and writing at and served for three years from Temple University. She Eric F. Spina. of Advance Publications, Temple University and as a judge for the William also attended the Women “I am truly honored to “and we welcome Lorraine has taught in the summer Randolph Hearst Journalism in Management Program at have been selected as the Branham with high hopes program for minority Awards Program, the the University of Baltimore new dean of the Newhouse that she will provide the journalists at the University Pulitzer Prize of college and the Advanced Executive School, and I look forward same determined leadership of California, Berkeley. She journalism. She also has Program at Northwestern to working with its very to steer the school in new has been a Hearst Visiting sat on the board of visitors University. In addition, she talented faculty, staff, directions in a fast-changing Professional-in-Residence at of Florida A&M University’s received a nine-month John and alumni to continue media world.” the University of Missouri, School of Graphic Arts S. Knight Fellowship to its extraordinary record Branham joined the UT the University of Florida, and and Journalism. She is a Stanford University, where of achievement,” said faculty in 2002 after a 25- the California Polytechnic member of the Association she studied American Branham at the time of the year career as a newspaper Institute in San Luis Obispo. of Educators in Journalism foreign policy in third announcement. “This is editor, editorial writer, and In addition, she served as and Mass Communication, world countries and media a very exciting time to be reporter. She was previously assistant managing editor the American Society of management. joining Newhouse, and I the assistant to the publisher for the inaugural ASNE Newspaper Editors, the Her areas of interest welcome the challenge of of the Pittsburgh Post- Reporter Newspaper, the National Association of include women in leadership, leading one of the very best Gazette and senior vice convention newspaper Minority Media Executives, coverage of diverse communication schools in president and executive published by the American the National Association communities, journalism the nation.” editor of the Tallahassee Society of Newspaper Editors of Black Journalists, and ethics, and editorial writing. Branham was Democrat, and held several and staffed by college the Journalism and Women chosen from among 300 positions at the Philadelphia journalists. Symposium (JAWS).4
  7. 7. Mirror Awards To HonorNBC’s Tim Russert, CNN/YouTube June 23By Wendy S. LoughlinThe Newhouse School will once again honor the MSNBC; and serves as senior vice president and Newhouse School in 2006, honor the reporters,best in media industry reporting at the second Washington bureau chief for NBC News. He has editors, and teams of writers who hold a mirrorannual Mirror Awards luncheon June 23 at the interviewed virtually every major figure on the to their own industry for the public’s benefit.Rainbow Room, New York City. Five juried awards American political scene. Honorees are recognized for news judgmentwill be presented. The i-3 award is given to an individual, and command of craft in reporting, analysis, Acclaimed political journalist Tim Russert will group, corporation or innovation that has made and commentary on developments in the mediareceive the Fred Dressler Lifetime Achievement a profound impact on the media landscape or industry and its role in our economy, culture, andAward, and CNN/YouTube will receive the i-3 has captured the public’s imagination about democracy.award for impact, innovation, and influence. the potential or importance of the media in a Luncheon committee co-chairs for this Named for late cable programming executive unique way. CNN/YouTube are being honored year’s event include Peter Bart, editor-in-chiefand Newhouse School Advisory Board chair Fred for a partnership that led to last year’s CNN/ of Variety magazine; Rob Light, partner withDressler, the Fred Dressler Lifetime Achievement YouTube presidential Creative Artists Agency;Award is given to a reporter, editor, or publisher debates, which allowed Betsy Morgan, CEO ofwho has made distinct, consistent, long- Americans to submit The Huffington Post;term, and unique contributions to the public’s videotaped questions David Zaslav, presidentunderstanding of the media. to the candidates. Two and CEO of Discovery “Tim Russert was chosen to receive the debates—one for the Communications; and JeffLifetime Achievement Award because, especially Democrats and one for the Zucker, president and CEOin an election year, there are few more important Republicans—were held. of NBC Universal.roles for the media than its role in the political Professor Robert For more informationprocess,” says Newhouse Dean David M. Rubin. Thompson, director of the about the Mirror Awards,“Russert has questioned candidates—and even Newhouse School’s Bleier including a list of finalists,the practices of his own profession—for over Center for Television and see mirrorawards.syr.20 years.” Popular Culture, says the edu. To purchase a Since 1991, Russert has served as managing debates were a valuable table or ticket, contacteditor and moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, addition to the political Marianne Carey Hayescurrently the most watched Sunday morning process. “They added an at 212-245-6570interview program in the U.S. and one of the inflection to civic discourse or mirrorawards@most quoted news programs in the world. He that we have never seen eventassociatesinc.comalso serves as a political analyst for NBC Nightly before,” Thompson says.News and the Today show; anchors The Tim The Mirror Awards,Russert Show, a weekly interview program on established by the Tim Russert 5
  8. 8. Newhouse at Beijing By Aleta Burchyski As millions of people around the world watch a television, radio, and film (TRF) major. “Working with the people from NBC was an the Beijing Olympics on television this summer, Sasso is one of 20 Newhouse students amazing experience,” he says. “It really gave me Newhouse student Jaime Sasso ’10 will who will work with NBC on Olympics coverage a lot of insight on the industry in general and experience the action firsthand as an NBC intern. in China; eight others will work at the network’s exposed me to literally dozens of different job “I feel like it’ll be my first taste headquarters in New York City. opportunities.” of the real world,” This is the third time Newhouse students While the interns have a tremendous says Sasso, have been involved with an Olympics broadcast. opportunity to learn from the NBC staff, they’re Before the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, there to work. Sasso doesn’t exactly know what NBC officials contacted TRF professor Sharon to expect, but she’s ready for the challenge Hollenback about establishing the internship of logging long, grueling days. “Maybe I’m a program. The students often work as runners workaholic, but I don’t mind staying up all night, and loggers, and while the work may not especially when it comes to TV production,” she be glamorous, Hollenback says it’s one says. “I’m really excited to have 12- or more-hour of the best internship opportunities shifts doing what she’s seen. “I’m impressed with I love.” all the good stuff NBC does for The Beijing interns also will have the them,” she says. “They’re a opportunity to experience the sense of global part of the NBC community, camaraderie that often occurs at the Olympics. no question—from “The flavor of the world is just palpable, every security, to health care, minute of every day,” says Hollenback, who to opportunities to went to Athens and the 2006 Winter Games in meet people. NBC is Torino, Italy, and looks forward to the Beijing trip. educating young “I found very little nationalistic attitude. I saw, people who are instead, amazing support for whoever’s in the a part of the arena. People were supporting athletes when operation.” maybe they’d never even heard of the nation Michael before. I found it to be a wonderfully enthusiastic Beilinson ’06, and idealistic global experience.” a TRF alumnus Beilinson says the feeling of global who interned connection was as significant as his work at the Athens experience. “Probably the single biggest thing Olympics and that made the experience so unforgettable was is now working the enormity of what we were a part of,” he says. in London as a “The entire world is there, and it’s such a positive researcher for environment. People are there for competition, documentary and issues of politics and national differences are television, largely put aside for a few weeks, which is a rarity says he wishes in this world.” he could intern again.6
  9. 9. “…the right of the people peaceably to assemble…”By Jim Baxter and Wendy S. Loughlin Nearly 38 years after a student-led protest shut Ifshin began a life of political activism at SU, where he led the anti- down the Syracuse University campus, a group of war movement that at one point shut down the administration building. alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community After graduating, he became president of the National Student Association, members gathered at the Newhouse School to marched on Washington, D.C., and traveled to North Vietnam, where he remember the student activists of the late 1960s delivered anti-war statements to U.S. soldiers. His message was broadcast and early 1970s. Among those remembered was into the cell of John McCain, then a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy the late David Ifshin ’70, an SU student leader being held as a prisoner of war. The incident caused years of animosity who went on to national prominence as a political between the two men until, at a Washington forum in 1986, Ifshin—by then activist. Part of the school’s yearlong celebration an influential Washington lawyer—approached McCain—by then a senator David Ifshin of the First Amendment, the February 19 event from Arizona—and apologized. The two reconciled and became friends. recognized “the right of the people peaceably to Ifshin later served as general counsel for President Bill Clinton’s 1992assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” campaign. Clinton, McCain, and Hendricks all eulogized Ifshin upon “Some of the most visible and profound examples of free speech and his death in 1996.the freedom to assemble occurred on the SU campus during the Vietnam Ifshin’s daughter, Chloe, a first-year student at SU, spoke at the close ofera,” says Larry Elin, associate professor of television, radio, and film (TRF) the Newhouse event. “I’ll never be able to express what it has meant for meand organizer of the event. “Student leaders like Ifshin became known for to be at Syracuse during this time,” she said. “This event has given me thetheir leadership and passion. The event acknowledged those students, now opportunity to know my dad and to feel close to him in a way that I neveralumni, whose exercise of free speech and assembly marked a chapter in could have imagined.”University, U.S., and world history.” The event opened with remarks from Newhouse Dean David M. Rubin,followed by a documentary about the 1970s, produced by students BlakeStilwell G’08 and Pearly Leung ’08. Judge Joanne Alper, circuit court judgefor the Seventeenth Circuit of Virginia and a member of the SU Board ofTrustees, spoke on the right of assembly. “The gathering of young peopleon college campuses around the country, shielded by the constitutionalfreedom to assemble, petition, and protest, was a seminal event in the lives David Ifshin speaking at Manley Field House in 1970.of those of us who experienced it,” she said, “and has affected so many ofour personal lives and political beliefs to this day.” A filmed version of a play about the life of Ifshin, written by TRFprofessor Peter Moller, was shown. And John Hendricks, founder andchairman of Discovery Communications, dedicated a memorial to Ifshin—apiece of art created by Newhouse budget director Shelly Coryell that willhang in Newhouse’s Tully Center for Free Speech. 7
  10. 10. Fighting for free speech By Jim Baxter and Wendy S. Loughlin Aboubakr Jamaï, a Moroccan investigative journalist whose reporting led to a jail sentence, near financial ruin, and forced exile from his own country, received the first annual Tully Center Free Speech Award in January. A former investment banker, Jamaï co-founded Le Journal Hebdomadaire, Morocco’s leading weekly newspaper, in 1997; and Assahifa al-Ousbouiya, an Arab language weekly, in 1998. In 2000, the Moroccan government permanently banned both newspapers due to stories revealing government scandals and misuse of funds. The papers eventually reopened, using slightly different names. In 2001, Jamaï was convicted of defaming Foreign Minister Muhammad Ben Aissa after an article in Le Journal alleged that Aissa had profited On the Road in New Hampshire from the purchase of an official residence in Washington, D.C. Jamaï was sentenced to three months in prison and ordered to pay fines and damages By Wendy S. Loughlin totaling 2 million daharim (equivalent to $200,000 U.S. dollars). The sentences eventually were suspended, but Jamaï was forced to resign Students in Newhouse’s political reporting course gained hands-on from Le Journal in 2007 and is now living experience as political reporters last January, spending eight days in New in the U.S. Hampshire and covering the presidential primary for newspapers and radio At Newhouse, he spoke on “The stations in several states. Risks and Importance of Free Speech” The students paid their own expenses and missed a week of their in an open forum with students and mid-year break in order to cover the primary. “I think it says a lot about the other guests. “We wanted to succeed Newhouse School that our students are so hard working and dedicated,” by doing good journalism and by clearly says Charlotte Grimes, Newhouse’s Knight Chair in Political Reporting, positioning ourselves as pro-democracy,” who teaches the political reporting course and accompanied the students he told the packed auditorium, to New Hampshire. Grimes posted the students’ stories on her news- describing how his paper tackled issues based web site, Democracywise, at like government corruption and corporate democracywise. impropriety. “We thought it would be Aboubakr Jamaï The students included Beth Croughan, a senior; Melissa Daniels, a feasible. We were wrong. We barely junior; Trina Joshi, a graduate student; Liam Migdail-Smith, a junior; Joyce survived.” Ogirri, a graduate student; Larissa Padden, a graduate student; Shefali Yet he doesn’t have many regrets. “I would have liked not to have some Pandey, a graduate student; Andrew Restuccia, a senior; Shelly Schwartz, a problems,” he said, “but I just loved interacting with Moroccan citizens, senior; Koren Temple, a graduate student; Laura Van Wert, a senior; Heath having these people coming to me, telling me their stories, discovering Williams, a junior; Bryan Young, a sophomore; and Richard Zussman, a things. When you share the concerns of people, you report their problems, graduate student. you defend their rights, you have a priceless reward. They covered the primary for the following news outlets: WATD “I think you can say a lot of things if you choose carefully your words. The Radio in Marshfield, Mass.; the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle; very mission of an editor is to decide what gets to be published and what the Indian Express (New Delhi, India); the Westerly Sun (R.I.); the Utica doesn’t get to be published, and obviously you have to exercise judgment (N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch; the Lowell Sun (Mass.); the Worcester (Mass.) about the impact of your words. There is responsibility on the shoulders of Telegram & Gazette; the (Southern Pines, N.C.) Gazette; the Norwich journalists and editors to weigh carefully what they have to say, especially Bulletin (Conn.); and KUAR Public Radio in Little Rock, Ark. in countries where they don’t have solid institutions for freedom of Sending Newhouse students enrolled in the political reporting class to expression.” cover the New Hampshire presidential primary has become an SU tradition, The Tully Award was established to honor a journalist who has faced having been started by Joel Kaplan, assistant dean for professional obstacles to free speech. Nominees are chosen by a slate of professionals, graduate studies and associate professor of newspaper journalism. and the finalist is chosen by a committee of SU students and faculty.8
  11. 11. Learning by doing By Amy Speach As members of The NewHouse professionals with opportunities the Syracuse community,” she says. advertising agency, student to apply classroom learning to “It feels good knowing my work researchers brought forth a real-world situations and clients. with The Firm has helped some truly surprising insight that helped The other one, Campus Hill Public great initiatives happening in this reshape the advertising campaign Relations (The Firm), is a 4-year-old city. As director, I’ve also enjoyed for an innovative acne treatment public relations business run under working with a very talented group product: Ads should target parents, the auspices of SU’s chapter of the of people to produce some excellent not teens. The students consulted Public Relations Student Society work.” with Brian Stout ’07 at The Richard’s of America (PRSSA). It currently The NewHouse grew out Group Dallas on creating methods has 51 members, 24 of them active of the former Ad Club, which for promoting Zeno, a portable on account teams that serve such focused on preparing the American electronic acne removal device. clients at the Chancellor’s office, Advertising Federation National Their collaboration resulted in the Syracuse Metro Student AdvertisingPR Team Wins an improved marketing plan for League of Women Voters, Competition. “It struck the client, an invaluable learning and the MassachusettsPoynt Campaign experience for the students, and— School of Professional me as simply unfair that we didn’t provide a potentially—clearer complexions Psychology. “From an professional experienceCampus Hill Public Relations for countless American teenagers. education standpoint, for our advertisingrecently received $18,000 from “Since Brian’s company this is a great opportunity students,” says EdMultiplied Media Corp. to execute was trying to target an age for students to interact Russell, who serves asa public relations campaign for group close to our own, they with real clients, work faculty advisor for thePoynt, Multiplied’s multimedia local wanted our opinion about the within real budgets, and actually 115-member group. The agencysearch service. The student group product,” says Maria Sinopoli ’09, conduct hands-on practice beyond completed projects for sevenwas chosen through a competition president and managing director classroom learning,” says Robert clients this fall and is working onsponsored by The Bohle Company, of The NewHouse. “But what we Kucharavy, public relations projects for six clients this semester,a corporate and marketing public discovered through our research professor and faculty advisor for along with getting ready for the adrelations firm representing is that it’s not the kids who are The Firm and PRSSA. “It has been competition. The NewHouse hasMultiplied. asking for this product. It is parents really rewarding seeing students also sponsored guest speakers and Available over Microsoft’s who are buying it for their kids. excel, putting together portfolio hosted a visit to top agencies inWindows Live Messenger and They remember how scarring it pieces, and getting a taste of what it New York City. “Our vision is to growAOL’s AIM instant messaging was to have an acne problem as takes to meet a client’s needs.” a professional advertising agency,networks, Poynt provides users a teenager, and they are the ones The Firm’s director, Sara working with real clients interestedwith information about local goods, with the money to purchase the Guzzone ’09, affirms the benefits in better reaching the collegeservices, and movies. Campus Hill product.” of participating in the organization. market,” Russell says. “We’re notstudents developed a campaign to Launched this year, The “Campus Hill Public Relations has looking for hand-outs. We’re lookingintroduce and promote the service NewHouse is one of two student- not only allowed me to put the skills to help. We have the talent and theamong Syracuse University students. run agencies at the Newhouse I learn in the classroom toward real- expertise. We just need to get out School that provide future world projects; it has also helped and do it.” advertising and public relations me to become more involved with 9
  12. 12. Sheehan to join the advertising department By Wendy S. Loughlin Brian Sheehan, chair and CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi’s Team One Advertising, will join the Newhouse School late this summer as an associate professor of advertising. “Brian Sheehan will be a great addition to the Alten Jones Smith Department of Advertising,” says James Tsao, department chair. “We are very excited to have him join us as a colleague whose outstanding experience will contribute to the Professors Announce Retirement curriculum. I am confident that he will be an excellent teacher by Carol Boll and a professional scholar in the years to come. His long list Three faculty members, whose combined years of tenure at the Newhouse School of credentials explains how invaluable he is to the program, span nearly eight decades, will retire at the end of the 2007-2008 academic year. with its professional emphasis.” Retiring are Stanley Alten, professor of television, radio, and film; John Philip Jones, At Team One Advertising since 1999, Sheehan has professor of advertising; and Dow Smith, associate professor of broadcast journalism. overseen integrated operations and managed a staff of 325 Alten joined the Newhouse faculty in 1970 after working in radio and television as for the Los Angeles-based agency, whose billings exceed producer, writer, sound designer, performer, and station manager in such markets as $500 million. Key clients have included Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. He is an internationally recognized authority in Lexus, Ritz-Carlton, Procter & Gamble, sound production and the author of Audio in Media, the leading audio production text Air New Zealand, Nextel/Boost, FlexJet, in North America for more than two decades. In retirement, Alten plans to continue British Telecom/Infonet, and Movielink. to write and serve as a consultant and producer. “I’ve enjoyed the privilege of being Under Sheehan’s tenure, the agency a part of the premier communications school in the country and working with first- has received several awards, including rate colleagues,” he says of his tenure at Newhouse. “I’m proud of whatever positive a Cannes Lion, a gold Effie, a One Show influence that I’ve had in the classroom.” gold, an Ogilvy Grand Prix and a D&AD Jones, who arrived at Newhouse in 1981, previously had worked in the advertising Award. Team One is a division of Saatchi industry for 27 years, including 25 years with J. Walter Thompson in Europe. He has & Saatchi Worldwide. written 14 books and more than 70 articles in academic and professional journals, and Sheehan previously served as CEO served as a consultant in the advertising field. He also taught at the Royal Melbourne for Saatchi & Saatchi in Australia and, Institute of Technology, Australia, and the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. before that, Japan. He also worked for Jones says he plans to diversify his interests in retirement. In 2007, he published Brian Sheehan the company in New York and Hong Kong. the book Keynes’s Vision: Why the Great Depression Did Not Return, a work of His clients have included Bayer, British macroeconomic analysis; and he currently is completing the manuscript of a work on Airways, DuPont, Hewlett-Packard, Hilton British military history. “I’m also giving a little thought to (doing) a biography about Hotels, Kodak, Merck, Qantas, Showtime, and Toyota. a British general,” he says. “I suffer from what my wife calls hypergraphia—a total “Joining the Newhouse School fulfills a lifelong dream,” inability to stop writing.” says Sheehan. “I have had a wonderful 25-year career at Smith came to Newhouse in 1995 after a 25-year career in television news and Saatchi & Saatchi, an amazing agency where nothing is station management. In 1998, he developed the broadcast journalism department’s impossible. I now have an opportunity to use everything I first advanced producing course. “A number of students from this class are now have learned over the years and across diverse clients and advancing through television news in key producing and management jobs,” he says. geographies to help mold the next generation of leaders for “Hopefully they’ll have a positive impact on the quality of television journalism.” our industry.” He also wrote Power Producer: A Practical Guide to TV News Producing, which was Sheehan earned a bachelor’s degree at the College published by the Radio Television News Directors Association and is widely used in of Holy Cross and a master’s degree at Loyola Marymount the industry to train new TV producers. Smith, who lives in Albany, says his post- University. At Newhouse, he will teach classes in advertising retirement plans include working with Siena College to help the school develop an and advertising practice and management. electronic journalism major.10
  13. 13. Student Ambassadors promote diversityBy Jac’leen SmithNot only does the Newhouse out of the Visitor’s Center in and diversity, created the serves the school’s diversity recommendations by facultySchool offer students a Newhouse 1, the program program after noticing a lack goals beyond recruitment, or from the admissionsdiversified curriculum in the enlists undergraduate of Newhouse organizations Patiño says. “It’s also about office. For students likefield of communications, students of color and that supported students retention. It’s not just about Jennifer Carmona ’08, thebut with the Newhouse students interested in of color when he was getting our students in, but experience has been aAmbassadors program, the the areas of diversity in appointed to his position about being there for them rewarding one. “It’s fun,”school is also making an recruitment efforts. As in 2000. “There wasn’t one throughout their four years says Carmona, a magazineeffort to diversify its student ambassadors, students all-inclusive organization and helping them graduate major from the Bronx. “It’spopulation. The program share their experiences at that catered to issues of and be successful leaders in nice to bring together peoplewas established in 2001 Newhouse with prospective students from multicultural their careers.” from different backgrounds,to help recruit and provide students and their parents, backgrounds and gave them Initiated in 2001 races, ethnicities, ora supportive environment providing an honest a sense of belonging,” says with six ambassadors, religions—whatever itfor new students, perspective of life at the Patiño, who graduated from the program now has 240 may be—to show that,especially those from school and at the University. Newhouse in 1997. student members. Student even though you may notunderrepresented cultural Max Patiño, the school’s The Newhouse ambassadors are selected always see the diversity atbackgrounds. Operating director of recruitment Ambassadors program in their first year through Newhouse, it’s here.” Newhouse Student Ambassadors, with Maximo A. Patiño (front row, fourth from left), director of recruitment and diversity, and founder of the group 11
  14. 14. On the Ground at Newhouse 3: The I-3 Center By Kathleen Haley Newhouse faculty and students are gravitating to personal hand-held devices. Students of work on projects separate from their office space the Barney Light Center for Inquiry, Innovation, Professor Carol Liebler, director of the doctoral and other academic materials. This semester, and Imagination (I-3) to further their academic program and media studies master’s program, professors Lawrence Mason and Melissa and professional pursuits. The I-3 Center blends have been using the focus group room and Chessher have checked out a carrel as they work spaces, technology, and resources to support embracing the technology found in real-world on a book celebrating the people of Lockerbie, research and creative work in all areas of mass agencies. Scotland, in recognition of the 20th anniversary communications. The facilities consist of a Next door, the presentation room and of Pan Am 103. reading room, a focus group room, a presentation workroom are connected, but are easily In addition to the new facilities, two new room connected to a workroom, and two private divided by a foldout wall. Together the rooms endowed chairs that will rotate every three years work carrels. Equipped with technology, including can accommodate 55 people and a variety were created to provide faculty members with 10 laptop computers, to aid with research and of programs and symposia. For example, in release time, a supplemental annual stipend, data collection, the spaces allow for collaboration April, former Newhouse professor David Hajdu and a research budget to pursue their projects. and individual work on academic and industry- conducted a Powerpoint and video presentation Faculty members can also apply for seed money related projects. of his book The Ten-Cent Plague, which examines for projects and the assistance of a 20-hour-a- “We are a professional school, which means the early days and censorship of comic books. week summer doctoral research assistant. “The we support and encourage—and ultimately get The center also includes the Edelman support gives faculty a foundation to make the results from—traditional academic research as Family Library/Reading Room, where faculty most of this facility,” Lloyd says. well as ongoing contributions to the profession: can leave materials for students to read. There documentaries, screenplays, magazine and is a computer newspaper articles, and interactive media for research and projects,” says Carla Lloyd, the center’s director local and national and associate dean for scholarly and creative periodicals. A activity. “This facility—with all of its many rooms new program, and equipment—supports any project our faculty the Bookmark and students would want to do to get those kinds Collection, is of productions and authorships going.” adding to the The center’s features were shaped library’s shelves. through the efforts of the Newhouse 3 Building Each month, Committee, chaired by director of administration funding is provided Susan Nash, and Polshek Partnership Architects, to a faculty member Lloyd says. Rob Light ’78, managing partner and to select five books head of music at the Los Angeles-based Creative that deal with Artists Agency, provided a gift to support the issues in mass creation of the I-3 Center. communications. The focus group room features a flat- Two carrels screen television and an observation room that outside the library/ is located behind a one-way mirror. The room reading room Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. met with students is equipped with a perception analyzer, which provide space for for a private Q&A session at the I-3 allows researchers to collect people’s reactions to faculty members to Center on the day of the Newhouse 3 media content through the use of the analyzer’s organize, store, and dedication, September 19, 2007.12
  15. 15. Thoughts on Years [ A Tribute to David Rubin ] 13
  16. 16. from the Internet, portable devices, blogs, and other nontraditional sources, and they are getting more and more of their entertainment from web sites like YouTube and Facebook. Against this backdrop of change, communications schools are facing tremendous pressure to keep up in order to prepare students for a new kind of professional role. And Newhouse—like most of the major communications schools in the country—is facing a huge curriculum revamp. Rubin has been leading the effort for the past two years. But despite all the change, he emphasizes that much of what is taught now still needs to be taught in the future. “There is no change in how essential it is that our students are trained as news gatherers in the democratic process,” he says. Ethics, and functioning in a changing society, also remain important. The challenge, Rubin notes, is how to teach students Dean David Rubin 1990 about new forms of media, new platforms, and new business models that keep the media in business, but to do so without giving short shrift to the fundamentals. By Larry Kramer It’s a conversation that will continue when the next dean of Newhouse, Lorraine Branham, comes to Syracuse in July. Thanks to Rubin, she’ll Eighteen years ago, David Rubin gave up the cultural life of a New Yorker, an inherit a strong school, a strong faculty, and a strong administrative team active freelance writing career, and playing the piano to pack up and move to to support the process. That’s another example of the positive change the Syracuse with his wife, Tina, to become dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of school has seen during Rubin’s tenure. “I didn’t know when I took the job Public Communications. Looking back over those years, he knows he made that I was going to have to build an infrastructure for the school,” he says. the right move, knows he has made a difference. Still, he never expected to “But that’s kind of what happened.” still be in the job 18 years later. Now, as he prepares to step down, it’s hard Rubin felt strongly that the school had to develop major support for anyone connected to the school to imagine what life at Newhouse will be services for students, “like an active career development center, connected like without his steady, firm, and compassionate guidance. to a really active alumni outreach program, connected to a really national Rubin began his stint as dean with a trademark quiet determination to branding operation, connected to our own development operation. We just create a school that would make a difference. He had what he thought was a didn’t do any of that [when I arrived],” he says. clear sense of what the job would entail. During the course of his tenure as He established a career development center that became a model for dean, not surprisingly, things changed. Perhaps the biggest transformation others on campus. He stepped up alumni relations and fund raising. And he has come from the outside, as the media business undergoes its own gut- has been enormously successful in raising the school’s profile nationally, wrenching changes. Newspapers are seeing revenues drop precipitously, overseeing such events as the Newhouse in New York breakfast series, with major chains like Knight-Ridder disappearing in a blitz of acquisition hosted by New Yorker columnist Ken Auletta and featuring interviews with activity. The broadcasting industry is in a major period of upheaval, with nationally known media leaders; the newly created Mirror Awards, honoring financial investors taking over stations and networks and cutting costs to excellence in media industry reporting; and the highly successful 40 at service large dept payments. Increasingly, consumers are getting their news 40 gala event celebrating the school’s anniversary, which was attended14
  17. 17. by President Bill Clinton and other notables and which raised more than He has also been a dean whose dedication to students is clear. Rubin$500,000 in scholarship money. taught a class every semester of his 18 years at Newhouse, and also But the event that was perhaps most symbolic of Rubin’s leadership regularly served as an undergraduate advisor. Last year, he and his wifewas the dedication last fall of Newhouse 3, the $31.6 million, 74,000- gave a gift to name the Tina Press & David Rubin Career Development Centersquare-foot building whose façade displays the words of the First in Newhouse 3.Amendment that Rubin and his faculty hold so dear. The dedication David Rubin is a wonderful mix of a person. He has the enthusiasticceremony was marked by a keynote address by Chief Justice of the United curiosity of a young child, the open and engaged mind of a scholar, andStates John G. Roberts Jr. Yet Rubin came to Newhouse with no intention of a terrific sense of tradition and values—and he exudes warmth. It’s abuilding Newhouse 3. “I wasn’t really interested in building a new building, rare combination, and it has allowed him to relate to almost everyone hebecause that wasn’t one of my strengths,” he says. “But after I had been meets and make them comfortable with him. He gave the school a sense ofhere a few years and I began to see what the shortage of space was going to elegance and an important link back to simpler times. He reminds us that inmean to us, it was clear that I was going to have to get involved.” the maelstrom we now live in, we cannot forget the fundamentals that make It’s fair to say that everyone, including Rubin, is thrilled that he got over our students into better citizens and better people.his building phobia. The amazingly smooth process that led to the design, When I called him for this interview, I caught him in Florida, wherefunding, and construction of Newhouse 3 gave the school a dramatic boost. he was about to give a talk to SU alumni. We had a difficult time chattingThe building further modernized the school and created a stronger sense of because of problems with his cell phone. Finally, I called him back on a landcommunity among students, faculty and staff. line in his hotel room. Newhouse 3 also houses the highest concentration of technology in “Sometimes,” he said, “the old technology is just better.”the school—and is again an indication of how things have changed. Priorto his time at Syracuse, Rubin was hardly a technophile. But shortly after Larry Kramer is a senior advisor for Polaris Ventures and a member of thehe arrived, he found he had no choice but to delve into new technology. Newhouse Advisory Board. He is a 1972 alumnus of the Newhouse School.“When I got here,” he remembers, “we had one lab outfitted with computersand nobody working in information technology full time. We hadn’tintegrated any technology into the curriculum. Really, it was the dawn ofthe technology age. So learning how to decide what to purchase and howto integrate it into a curriculum, how many IT people we needed to hire…wehad to figure out as we went along. We made mistakes along the way. Thatwas [something] I never anticipated when I took the job.” His influence is also seen among the Newhouse faculty and staff, themajority of whom he hired. He is close with many of them and considersthem friends. “I know a lot about every member of the faculty and staff,”he says. “Enough so that when we have our annual recognition event tocelebrate anniversaries…I’m the emcee, and I always say individual andpersonal things about all of the people, and I do it without notes…because Iknow about each of them. I like to think that I have not been a remote dean;I’ve been a dean who really knows the faculty and staff.” Dean Rubin in the classroom 15
  18. 18. By Wendy S. Loughlin Steve Davis, chair of the “Illuminating Oppression: Bollywood and Andy Robinson, an adjunct newspaper department, Social Justice - The Films of Prakash Jha” at the in the television, radio, and was named an “eProfessor” University of Pennsylvania South Asia Cinema film department and general by Enitiative (the Syracuse Conference. In addition, her film El Charango manager of SU’s Orange Campus-Community (with Jim Virga G’01) played at the Tri-Continental Television Network, attended a Entrepreneurship Initiative), Human Rights Film Festival in India; was screened faculty seminar sponsored by receiving a $10,000 grant for in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Kolkata; the Academy of Television Arts his work on the South Side and will now tour across India at different and Sciences Foundation. Newspaper Project, a joint universities and college campuses. project between the Newhouse Bruce Strong, associate School and Syracuse’s South Nicole LeClair, an adjunct in professor of visual and Side Community Coalition. the advertising department, interactive communications, received a Syracuse 40 Under conducted a workshop for Tula Goenka, associate 40 Award. photographers, photo editors, professor of television, radio, and multimedia editors at and film, presented her paper The Washington Post. Chew, Wright named inaugural Endowed Chairs in Public Communications Fiona Chew, media research, writing, and theory, Productions and evaluating the of Tapping Officials’ Secrets, a a professor and she is an active consultant on appeal, comprehensibility, and after- national compendium of information of television, various national and international school use of science programs for on state open records and open radio, and film, telecommunications projects. Her the Children’s Television Workshop. meetings laws, published by the and Jay Wright, research interests focus on message Wright is Reporters Committee for Freedom of a professor of analysis and effects, health an expert in the Press. communications, communication, and informational communications A former advertising agency have been named needs. She has assessed the and First copywriter and newspaper inaugural Newhouse Endowed impact of television and mass Amendment law columnist, Wright served for Chairs of Public Communications. As media on audience perceptions, and the author of 25 years as a consultant to the part of the three-year appointment, and was involved in a four-country three books: The New York State Office of Court they will conduct research or engage project investigating the impact First Amendment Administration and as the executive in creative activity that will enhance of a five-part television series on and the Fourth director of the New York Fair Trial the national reputation of the health. She was co-investigator Estate and The First Amendment Free Press Conference, a statewide school. Each will receive a stipend, a for a Kellogg Foundation research and the Fifth Estate, both published bench-bar-press organization. He research budget, a reduced teaching grant project that evaluated the by The Foundation Press; and The was named Syracuse University’s load, and a graduate assistant. long-term national impact of a Legal Handbook for New York State Scholar/Teacher of the Year in 2001. Chew joined the Newhouse television program. Other projects Journalists, published by the New faculty in 1988. A former television/ include assessing the perceptions York State Bar Association. He also film producer, she teaches electronic of news viewers for MacNeil/Lehrer edited the New York State chapter16
  19. 19. The following doctoral students presented papers at Michele Vanderhoff ’08 was a 2007 Steamboat Foundationthe conference of the International Communication Summer Scholar, spending 10 weeks as an intern withAssociation: Bruno Battistoli; Carolyn Davis; Dan WABC and WPLJ Radio, where she worked on The Scott andSchackman; Hyunjin Seo; Jordan Storm; Xiuli (Charlene) Todd Big Show, New York City’s longest continually runningWang; and Di Zhang and Jueman (Mandy) Zhang (co- morning show; collected and edited audio for both theauthors). Several doctoral and master’s students presented John Gambling Show and the Sean Hannity Show on WABC;papers at the winter meeting of the Association for and wrote daily newscasts and conducted interviews forEducation in Journalism and Mass Communication: Carolyn WABC’s morning show.Davis and Adrienne Faillace (co-authors); Rachel King;Valarie Schweisberger and Mitch Winkels; and John Wolfand Brandon Miller (co-authors). Six advertising students won student ADDY awards: Rachel Hawkins (Best of Show); Alfiya Mukhutdinova and Mary Siconolfi (gold); Lilly Clervi (gold); MeredithEric Benda ’07 and Pearly Leung ’08 received the “Best Bower (silver); and Vanessa Higgins (silver). The ADDYsVideo” honor at the 32nd annual American Indian Film are the world’s largest advertising competition. TheFestival for “What Are We Fighting For?” featuring Native American Advertising Federation, a not-for-profit industryAmerican singer/songwriter Joanne Shenandoah. The association, conducts the ADDY Awards through its 200students designed and produced the video. member advertising clubs and 15 districts.Three students have been named summer copy editinginterns by the prestigious Dow Jones Newspaper Fundediting internship program. The students, and thenewspapers where theywill intern, are Peter deMontmollin ’08 (The New York Lindsay Adler ’08 won anTimes), Lisa Kenney G’08 (The Illustration Award of Excellence atJournal News, White Plains, the 62nd College Photographer ofN.Y.) and Trudi Shaffer ’08 the Year competition. Her award-(Philadelphia Inquirer). Only winning photograph (shown100 interns are named each here) was a fashion illustrationyear from a national pool. she shot in Hammersmith, London, England, while studying in the London Summer FashionRebecca Fishow ’08 was Photography program.named a 2007 ScrippsHoward Foundation Top TenScholar, receiving a $10,000scholarship to be appliedtoward a full academic year. 17
  20. 20. Howard ’80 and Gail Campbell Woolley ’79 Global Communicators Give Back By David Marc Howard ’80 and Gail Campbell Woolley ’79 met African American and Latino students at SU. And back to the city, and I’m proud the Chancellor as Newhouse undergraduates and married soon it doesn’t stop there. has done just that—many, many times over. We after, which may explain why Syracuse University The Verizon Foundation has funded SU were pleased to support Nancy Cantor’s vision.” occupies a place close to their hearts. A “power Scholarship in Action programs. Last year, for Verizon also has supported a speakers’ series couple” in the Washington, D.C., communications example, the foundation granted $100,000 to the at Paul Greenberg House in Washington, D.C., world—he, senior vice president for public policy Partnership for Better Education’s “Art, Literacy that was part of the capstone experience for and government relations at Verizon Wireless; and Technology” program, a collaborative effort broadcast journalism graduate students. she, an executive communications coach at The with the Syracuse City School District in which Gail Campbell Woolley ’79, who double Communications Center—the Woolleys have high schoolers work with SU faculty and students majored in broadcast journalism and underwritten a graduate scholarship for minority to master photography and writing as forms of international relations with a minor in French, is students at Newhouse and contributed to the self-expression. “This program seemed like a a writer and public relations expert. “I started Newhouse 3 building campaign, for which they natural for Verizon, in terms of reaching out to out as a shoe-leather reporter, covering the will be honored with the naming of the Howard the communities where our customers are,” says police blotter with the old Washington Star and and Gail Campbell Woolley Broadcast Journalism Howard Woolley, who served as vice president for then The Baltimore Sun,” says Woolley, who was Lab. Elsewhere on campus, they are frequent regulatory affairs at the National Association of Capitol Hill correspondent for The Washington donors to the Office of Program Development’s Broadcasters before joining Verizon. “I’ve always Times during the late ’80s. “But newspapers Our Time Has Come Scholarship Campaign for felt that the University needs to give something were changing, placing greater emphasis on ‘infotainment,’ and I felt I needed a position in which I could develop my interests in global issues and international relations.” In 1990, she joined the corporate public relations department of Mobil (now Exxon Mobil), focusing on the company’s global interest. As a spokesperson, editor, and writer, she was responsible for representing the company’s point of view on the op-ed pages of The New York Times, among other duties. “In whatever I’ve done, I’ve always found my Newhouse background has been helpful,” she says. “Even later in my career, when I decided to leave newspaper work, it was a Newhouse alum who hired me at Mobil.” Howard Woolley agrees, pointing out that he started receiving help from a Newhouse alumnus before setting foot on campus. While working as an intern for an afternoon talk show at a New York City television station, he was taken aside by the director, Jim Shasky G’69, and given some advice. “He said, ‘Look, Howard, if you’re serious about broadcasting, you should apply to the place where I learned the business,’ ” Woolley recalls. Gail Campbell Woolley ’79 and Howard Woolley ’80 “Well, I was, and I did.”18
  21. 21. Eric Bress ’92A Fascination with Film By Aleta BurchyskiAt a time when many 7-year-old The pair also created and executive Bress feels fortunate about hisboys were playing sports and produced the ABC Family television success, but he says it’s primarilycollecting trading cards, Eric Bress series Kyle XY, now in its third the product of hard work. “A lot of’92 was experimenting with special season. people, especially in the final twoeffects, using his family’s Kodak Although Bress gained plenty years of college, were dying to get a Hitchcock-esque script he wrote8mm film camera. “I learned you of experience shooting home out,” he says. “When I was there, with Gruber seven years ago that thecould manipulate film,” Bress says. movies, he credits his Newhouse I was a pretty hard worker. I was two plan on co-directing. “During“Before I knew what animation education with helping him to grow taking every advantage I could of the strike, while you’re not allowedwas, I was having friends get on a into the filmmaker he is today. “I the editing equipment, the cameras. to work for other studios, you’resled and, while using stop-frame had Professor Schoonmaker the Newhouse is this fertile ground for allowed to sit at your computer andanimation, go around my lawn. They first summer he came to Syracuse,” doing anything creative that you come up with the great Americanhad no idea what I was doing until Bress recalls. “I was shooting music can get away with, basically for free. screenplay,” Bress says.we got the film back.” videos, which was no problem—I You’re never going to get that chance Bress is looking forward to Bress went on to parlay that had done thousands before with again. Once I stepped out into the directing in the future, but for nowearly fascination with film into my friends. But he kept asking real world, I was grateful that I had he enjoys focusing on writing.a successful career in the movie questions like, ‘Why did you use done so much, because I could walk “Being a writer is such a pleasure,”industry. With partner Jonathan black and white for that, and color into a meeting and hold my own.” he says. “My hours are completelyMackye Gruber, he co-wrote and for this part of the narrative?’ It Most recently, Bress wrote flexible. I can travel anywhere I wantdirected The Butterfly Effect, a really forced me to look harder at scripts for The Alchemyst, based on and just bring a laptop with me. It’sfantasy drama starring Ashton what I was doing, and I realized that the book by Irish author Michael pretty much exactly the pipe dreamKutcher, and co-wrote Final the aesthetic of any medium I was Scott, and Final Destination 4, both I had when I first stepped onto theDestination 2, the sequel to the shooting in would be part of the currently in production. During the Newhouse campus.”2000 horror film Final Destination. narrative. Everything took on this writers’ strike, he resurrected greater meaning.” 19
  22. 22. Reflections from a Trailblazer By Ashley Hanry After a journalist interviewed Leela Despite several medical ailments, Menon for a story, “Sitting Pretty in she never lost her drive to tell these the Post Office,” Leela asked her stories. When she was diagnosed husband if she could study with cancer, she was told she journalism. He said yes, and had six months to live, but she she began taking courses didn’t cry. She would not think in the evening, eventually about death. Instead, in her becoming Kerala, India’s, mind, she always thought first female journalist. A about what her next story recent article described her would be. She survived the as “a trailblazer in the field cancer, and she continued to of journalism.” investigate. I met Leela in February Some of her most well- during a group study known articles include exchange program to “Saved From the Beggar south India through Rotary. Mafia, Street Children Get a Part of this month-long New Life in Kerala”; “Bearers cultural exchange included of Odd Burdens,” which vocational days. During spoke of girls who rarely my stay in Kerala, which make it through school is located on the coast in before being wedded to southwestern India, my “a gray, traumatic world of host, a poised talk show perpetual motherhood”; and anchor, said that before I left an autobiography written I would meet her mentor, in Malayalam, her native Leela Menon. language. Leela began her career My host, Ranjini Menon late in life and kept her (no relation to Leela), sat Ashley Hanry (left) and Leela Menon stories focused on women’s on the floor looking up at issues. She started at the Leela and me as we spoke. Indian Express in Hyderabad as a headline writer and “It is because of this woman that I—and many other later moved to the bureau in Kerala. “When I came,” women—became journalists,” Ranjini said. Leela only she recalls, “there were no women in the field, only in smiled and said, “This woman is damn good.” the office.” Her last words of advice: “Every kid must leave Her first cover story was on women, and she a footprint, and each woman should establish her continued to dive into such issues as her career own identity.” progressed. She interviewed prostitutes, children being exploited as beggars, and women abused or sexually Ashley Hanry is the features editor for The Citizen in Auburn, harassed. She is known as the journalist who brought New York. She graduated from Newhouse in 2004 with a degree in magazine journalism. For more on her trip, see her women’s issues to the attention of the media. “Kerala blog at has zero sexual literacy, and this is the main cause for such incidents,” she says.20
  23. 23. Fred Dressler ’63 Funding the Vision Newhouse Challenge to Establish Dean’s Leadership Fund By Jaime Winne Alvarez As Syracuse University kicked off The Campaign for Syracuse University last fall, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation Inc. once again demonstrated a commitment to the Newhouse School by unveiling a $10 million matching challenge, pledging to match gifts to the school on a 2:1 basis. The commitment will establish the Newhouse Dean’s Leadership Fund, providing Newhouse Dean David M. Rubin’s successor, Lorraine Branham, with discretionary funds to pursue her vision for the school. If the University and the Newhouse SchoolNewhouse School mourns raise $5 million for the fund, the foundation will give the $10 million matchingthe passing of a friend challenge, establishing a $15 million fund. “The high standard of excellence of the graduates of the Newhouse School hasCable programming executive and Newhouse School made an immense contribution to the field of public communications,” says DonaldAdvisory Board chair Fred Dressler ’63 passed away E. Newhouse, president of Advance Publications Inc. “We are happy to continue ourDec. 24, 2007, at the age of 66. support of the outstanding work of the Newhouse School.” A longtime friend of the school, Dressler, formerly The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation was established by S.I. Newhouse Sr.the executive vice president of programming at Time and has supported the Newhouse School for more than 40 years. In addition to theWarner Cable, served as Newhouse board chair $10 million matching challenge, the foundation donated a lead gift of $15 millionfrom 2002 until his death. He was the force behind toward the construction of Newhouse 3, and has also provided more than $5 millionambitious and successful industry events such as the to support other academic initiatives and programming within the school. Theschool’s 40@40 anniversary celebration, which raised foundation is the largest contributor to The Campaign for Syracuse University tomore than $1.6 million in scholarship money, and the date.Mirror Awards, a national competition recognizing the “We are grateful to the Newhouse family, who are truly remarkable models ofbest in media industry reporting. Dressler also served philanthropy,” says SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor. The Campaign foron the executive committee that led to the successful Syracuse University is the most ambitious capital campaign in SU history, with ancompletion of the school’s first capital campaign. anticipated goal of $1 billion. For more information, visit “He was very much the steward of the school’sfortunes,” said Newhouse Dean David M. Rubin at amemorial service in January. “There are volunteers, Donald and Susanand then there are volunteers. Fred was one of those Newhouse (center) withsaintly volunteers who delivered the goods.” Dean David Rubin and Chancellor Nancy Cantor On Sept. 19, 2007, the day Syracuse Universitydedicated Newhouse 3, Dressler gave the alumni toastat the celebratory gala. “I really think that withoutFred’s leadership, we might not have the buildingnow,” said Rubin. “I’m grateful he lived long enoughto celebrate its opening and to fully grasp how muchhe had accomplished for us.” In Dressler’s honor, the annual Mirror Awardsluncheon will include the presentation of the FredDressler Lifetime Achievement Award, given to areporter, editor, or publisher who has made distinct,consistent, long-term, and unique contributions to thepublic’s understanding of the media (see story, page 5). 21