Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications spring 2012 Vol. 24 No.2
Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications spring 2012 Vol. 24 No. 2                               ...
Column         As the industry goes, so goes Newhouse         Higher education is often criticized for moving too slow.   ...
Newhouse celebrates sixth annual Mirror Awards    By Wendy S. Loughlin    The Newhouse School celebrated the sixth        ...
Kicking it up a notch:The Newhouse Network, formerlyNACAN, gets a digital makeoverBy Wendy S. LoughlinPerhaps the stronges...
Newhouse launches    Student Startup Madness    to support student entrepreneurs    By Wendy S. Loughlin    This spring, t...
Symposium explores media coverage of sports scandalsBy Wendy S. LoughlinThe Newhouse School presented a daylong symposium ...
Newhouse School, HootSuite form    partnership for digital and social learning    By Wendy S. Loughlin    A new, internati...
Jane Mayer of The New Yorker honored with Toner PrizeShe and three other pioneering women journalists come to campus for T...
Symposium examines the future of local news    By Wendy S. Loughlin    Nationally respected journalists, as well as commun...
Newhouse hosts 21st annualAlexia Photojournalism Seminar and CompetitionBy Wendy S. LoughlinThe 21st annual Alexia Photojo...
Newhouse 2, Part 2     Planned $18 million renovation will bring the Newhouse School fully into the digital age     By Wen...
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  1. 1. Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications spring 2012 Vol. 24 No.2
  2. 2. Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications spring 2012 Vol. 24 No. 2 in this issue: Dean’s Column 1 2012 Mirror Awards 2 The “New” NACAN 3 4 Student Startup Madness 4 Dean Lorraine E. Branham When Games Turn Grim 5 Newhouse/Hootsuite Partnership 6 Executive Editor Wendy S. Loughlin G’95 Jane Mayer and the Toner Symposium 7 The Future of Local News 8 Editor Kathleen M. Haley ’92 Alexia Seminar and Competition 9 Cover Story: Newhouse 2, Part 2 10 Graphic Design Elizabeth Percival PRWeek Honors Newhouse Program 12 10 Contributors Newhouse/360i Digital Advertising Alliance 12 Aileen Gallagher Recent Guests 13 Christy Perry Michael Schoonmaker Building Bridges 14 The Barnhill Method 16 Photography Allison Milligan The Fundamentals Never Change 17 Steve Sartori A Reporter’s Toughest Assignment 18 Bridget Streeter Lights, Camera, Classroom 19 Assistant Dean of College Television Award 20 External Relations 14 Lynn A. Vanderhoek G’89 Class Notes 21 Report of Donors 23 Office of External Relations 315-443-5711 Web Site Facebook Twitter 18 @NewhouseSU2
  3. 3. Column As the industry goes, so goes Newhouse Higher education is often criticized for moving too slow. (see cover story, p.10) will allow us to stay on the cutting For those of us who came to the academy from the edge of communications education. industry (I myself spent 25 years in newspaper), that slow We see this as an investment—not just in the school, pace can come as a surprise, and perhaps, for some, as but also in the future of public communications. a relief. But professional schools—especially schools of We teach our students the fundamentals—critical communication, like Newhouse—don’t have the luxury thinking, ethics, scholarship, and, of course, good of a slow response. The industry is changing rapidly, and storytelling. But we must also teach them to be agile, the educational institutions that train future professionals collaborative, and entrepreneurial. We must teach them must change with it. to inquire and explore and “think outside the box.” As Which brings me to Newhouse 2 and our studio we educate today’s students for tomorrow’s media, we complex, which have been a hub of Newhouse life for are fostering the men and women who will embrace nearly 40 years. A great many of you trained there, change; reimagine the way we do things; develop new delving into media production, “getting your hands dirty” business, content, and distribution models; and lead the for the first time, and developing the skills that launched profession into the future. The learning lab of our studios you into your first job and built the foundation for your is where many of them first try their hand at these types career. of endeavors.Dean’s Like you were then, the students of today are We are currently working on industry partnerships excited to get started and master the tools of their that will take us a long way toward meeting our chosen profession. But, as you know, that profession has renovation goals, and we are also grateful for the support changed, and those tools have changed, too—and so of the University and the Newhouse Foundation. But Newhouse 2 and the studios are changing as well. we need your help as well; your support is what will Just as the opening of Newhouse 3 in 2007 gave ultimately allow us to open the doors to a transformed the school a huge push into the digital world, so the studio in the fall of 2014. renovation of Newhouse 2, scheduled to begin next spring Lorraine Branham Dean 1
  4. 4. Newhouse celebrates sixth annual Mirror Awards By Wendy S. Loughlin The Newhouse School celebrated the sixth • Best Profile, Traditional/Legacy Media: captured the public’s imagination about the annual Mirror Awards honoring excellence in Ken Auletta, “Changing Times” (The New potential or importance of the media in media industry reporting at a special luncheon Yorker) a unique way. The Knight Foundation was ceremony on June 13. CNN’s Anderson Cooper • Best Profile, Digital Media: Joe Pompeo, chosen as this year’s recipient for redefining emceed the event, which was held at The Plaza “The road ahead for The Huffington Post: the role philanthropy can play in media Hotel in New York City. Nine months and a merger later, ‘Capital-J innovation. The foundation has invested more Awards were presented in seven Journalism’ is still a work in progress” than $300 million in journalism and media categories, including the John M. Higgins (Capital New York) innovation in the last 10 years. Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting, • Best Commentary, Traditional/Legacy Past recipients of the i-3 award include which was presented by Leo Hindery Jr., Media: Anna Holmes (The New York Times, Dennis Crowley ’98 and Naveen Selvadurai, co- managing partner with InterMedia Partners. The Washington Post) founders of Foursquare (2011); Twitter (2010); Newhouse established the Higgins Award • Best Commentary, Digital Media: Rebecca Obama for America New Media Department/ this year to honor the late Broadcasting & Traister (, The New York Times) Blue State Digital (2009); and CNN/YouTube Cable business editor. One of the most well- • John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/ (2008). respected journalists of his time, Higgins died Enterprise Reporting: Peter Maass, “The The Mirror Awards are the most important in 2006 at the age of 45. Toppling” (The New Yorker and ProPublica) awards of their kind. Established by the The Higgins Award is supported by a gift Newhouse School in 2006, the awards honor from Discovery Communications and Time Luncheon co-chairs were David Levy, the reporters, editors, and teams of writers Warner Cable Inc. and carries a $5,000 cash president of sales, distribution and sports for who hold a mirror to their own industry for the prize. Each of the additional juried journalism Turner Broadcasting System; Melinda Witmer, public’s benefit. awards carries a $1,000 cash prize. executive vice president and chief video and The competition is open to anyone who The 2012 Mirror Awards winners were: content officer for Time Warner Cable; and conducts reporting, commentary, or criticism • Best Single Article, Traditional/Legacy David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery of the media industries in a format intended Media: Adam Lashinsky, “How Apple Communications. for a mass audience. Eligible work includes works: Inside the world’s biggest startup” In addition, the John S. and James L. print, broadcast, and online editorial content (Fortune) Knight Foundation received the i-3 award for focusing on the development or distribution of • Best Single Article, Digital Media: Rhonda impact, innovation, and influence, presented news and entertainment content. Entries are Roland Shearer and Malik Ayub Sumbal, by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. Knight evaluated based on excellence of craft, framing “Mrs. Bhutto’s Murder Anniversary Part 1: President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen accepted of the issue, and appropriateness for the Troubling Double Standard, American the award, which is given to individuals or intended audience. Winners are chosen by a photojournalism’s different treatment of organizations that have made a profound group of journalists and journalism educators. foreign victims” (iMediaEthics) impact on the media landscape or have For more information, see
  5. 5. Kicking it up a notch:The Newhouse Network, formerlyNACAN, gets a digital makeoverBy Wendy S. LoughlinPerhaps the strongest part of the Newhouse the thrill of getting career advice from networkbrand is its alumni base. More than 25,000 news producers, and wanted to make surestrong, it is the most powerful, successful today’s students and alumni could easily enjoynetwork of communications professionals in those same inspiring connections.”the world. Newhouse alumni can be found in The “new” NACAN was renamed Theleadership positions across the communications Newhouse Network, as a nod to what has beenindustry. informally referred to as the “Newhouse mafia” For years, Newhouse students and alumni for years. “Newhouse alumni are everywhere,” Have You Joined?alike have benefited from the power of that says Ed Wise ’00, vice president of sales andnetwork through NACAN, the Newhouse Alumni strategy for Funny or Die. “You can’t throw a The Newhouse Network (formerlyCareer Advisory Network, maintained by the stone at any of the major media companies in NACAN) is now an online’s Career Development Center (CDC). A New York without hitting one.” When you join, you reap the fullvolunteer network, NACAN included alumni Wise is chair of the Newhouse Network benefits of being a Newhousewho had agreed to serve as contacts for current Board of Directors, a group of young, prominent alumnus. You can network withstudents and fellow alumni, providing career alumni working with the school to further fellow alumni for career guidanceadvice and guidance. Students were required to strengthen and mobilize the alumni base, and opportunities, and tap into ourparticipate in a job search seminar before using particularly through the use of digital media student population to find your nextthe database. tools. “Professional schools like Newhouse intern, new hire, or fresh idea. You Access to NACAN was one of the are capitalizing on the power of their alumni can reconnect with the school throughmajor perks of being part of the Newhouse networks,” says Wise. “It has become a news and events, and give back bycommunity, but the system was technologically real selling point as we often see other providing students with mentoring andproblematic because it could only be used from communications schools advertising their professional advice. Being a part of thecampus and had to be manually updated by networks. We know we’re the best—we want Newhouse Network brings access tostaff. “NACAN was started in 1993 and has been the rest of the communications industry to know an invaluable resource—and bragginga Filemaker Pro database since 1995,” says that too.” rights!Kelly Brown ’03, director of the CDC. “The static “I expect someone landed a job or Go to of the system was hindering students business deal just in the first few weeks that the network and follow the quick, secureand alumni from enjoying the full benefits of the Newhouse Network was online,” Jedlinski says. process for signing up. Your contactnetwork.” “My classmates were racing to sign up.” information will not be shared outside Earlier this year, Newhouse partnered The Newhouse Network (newhouse. Syracuse University.with alumni management software company allows users to access theVersation, and a new and improved version alumni database online, rather than having toof NACAN was born as an online community. visit the CDC or fill out a contact request form.“When I heard about the upgrade, I knew it The database is searchable by name, major,was the perfect opportunity to give back,” says geographic area, or job field. Alumni can alsoJason Jedlinski ’99, vice president of digital access and change their personal profiles.operations for Tribune Broadcasting, who along Students must still undergo training before theywith his partner Jay Nitz funded development of are allowed to access contacts.the new online alumni community. “I remember 3
  6. 6. Newhouse launches Student Startup Madness to support student entrepreneurs By Wendy S. Loughlin This spring, the Newhouse School launched quickly and in sometimes unexpected ways, and Student Startup Madness (SSM), an exciting we know that tomorrow’s leaders will have to be tournament-style competition for college innovative. Student Startup Madness allows us student startups in association with South By to encourage and support those entrepreneurial Southwest (SXSW). students—not just at Newhouse but across the Student Startup Madness officially debuted country—whose ideas might just become ‘the with a launch event/kick-off pitchfest in March next big thing.’” during SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas, where The Student Startup Madness concept was students had the opportunity to pitch their developed by Sean Branagan, director of the ventures and win prizes. Newhouse School’s Center for Digital Media The kick-off pitchfest was the precursor Entrepreneurship. “South by Southwest is the to the 2012-13 nationwide tournament. The epicenter of the digital media startup world,” online entry period opens this summer, followed says Branagan. “It’s a fitting place to launch by regional events at host universities across Student Startup Madness and to hold the finals the country in the fall and culminating in the next year and beyond. We’re honored to have national finals before a celebrity panel of well- been the only college student startup program known entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and at SXSW’s Startup Village, which was created to investors at SXSW Interactive in March 2013. focus all the SXSW activities for digital media Each round of the nationwide tournament entrepreneurship.” will build momentum, awareness, and social Opportunities are available for media buzz, drawing attention to colleges sponsorships and for university regional host and universities as sources for innovation, sites for the 2012-13 tournament. For more entrepreneurship, and talent while showcasing information, contact Branagan at startups@syr. outstanding university entrepreneurship edu, and see www.StudentStartupMadness. programs and encouraging college students to com. start businesses. “We teach our students to embrace the spirit of entrepreneurship,” says Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham. “The world is changing4
  7. 7. Symposium explores media coverage of sports scandalsBy Wendy S. LoughlinThe Newhouse School presented a daylong symposium in February The second panel, “The Advocates,” featured Robert Hoatson,examining media coverage of sports scandals. “When Games Turn Grim: executive director of Road to Recovery; Katherine Redmond, founderCan Media Cover Sports Scandals Responsibly?” included four panel of the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes; Julie Cecile G’91,discussions focusing on journalism, victims’ rights and advocacy, public executive director of McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center; and Allisonrelations, and ethics. Young, director of sexual abuse services with Elmcrest Children’s Center. “Allegations of misconduct in college athletic programs spawn Moderator was Aileen Gallagher, assistant professor of magazinea lot of discussion, pain, anger, and confusion,” says event organizer journalism at Newhouse.Steve Davis, chair of newspaper and online journalism. “We held this The third panel, “The PR Professionals,” included panelists Lelandsymposium to reflect on some of the big questions behind these stories, Bassett, chairman and CEO of Bassett and Bassett Incorporated,and our roles as communications professionals in their telling.” Communications Managers and Counselors; Keith Burton, president The event began with welcoming remarks from Dean Lorraine of Insidedge; Gary Grates G’99, principal of WCG Worldwide; and KellyBranham, followed by the first panel “The Journalists.” Panelists included Rossman-McKinney, CEO and principal of Truscott Rossman. ModeratorMichael J. Connor, executive editor of The Post-Standard (Syracuse); Jeff was Brenda Wrigley, chair of public relations at Newhouse.D’Alessio, assistant to the CEO of Sporting News; Mike Feeley, assistant The event closed with a final panel, “The Ethicists,” featuringmanaging editor of The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania); Mike David Rubin, professor and dean emeritus of the Newhouse School;McAndrew, reporter and editor with The Post-Standard; Pete Thamel ’99, Tom Rosenstiel, director and founder of the Project for Excellence incollege sports reporter with The New York Times; and Vince Doria, senior Journalism; and Robert Steele, professor and director of the Janet Prindlevice president and director of news with ESPN. Moderator was Joel Kaplan, Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. Moderator was Dean Branham.associate dean at the Newhouse School. Videos of each panel and more information are available online at 5
  8. 8. Newhouse School, HootSuite form partnership for digital and social learning By Wendy S. Loughlin A new, international partnership between the “Students use social media to connect updates to the major social media platforms Newhouse School and HootSuite will help with friends and family, but they need hands-on (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and prepare students for the digital and social experience with the professional social media YouTube), according to Ward. media jobs of the skills demanded by the Students, both undergraduate and future. This is the first- industry today,” says graduate, will take part in the HootSuite Higher ever higher education Ward. Education Program as part of Ward’s social partnership for the According to a media course. Upon successful completion Canadian company, report from of the course, they will receive HootSuite which now boasts some in late 2010, social media professional certification, including an online three million users. job listings had increased badge, and will be added to HootSuite’s Under the direction 75 percent from the directory of social media consultants. of William J. Ward, social previous year, with “These students will be able to demonstrate media professor at more than 10,000 jobs a meaningful social media skills,” says Ward. the Newhouse School, month requiring digital “That, combined with the higher-level students will have a free and social media skills. understanding of social media they gain in subscription to HootSuite Pro and receive the Yet a Manpower Group study shows that more Newhouse courses, will better prepare them same training—including video-based lessons, than 52 percent of companies have difficulty for the jobs of the future and make them highly case studies, and testing—as professional filling these positions due to a lack of “hard” desired by employers.” subscribers to HootSuite University. Using technical skills among candidates. At the same HootSuite, students will learn to manage time, keeping up with the rapid pace of change multiple social networks, such as Twitter, and innovation in social media is a continuous Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn. challenge; last year, there were more than 306
  9. 9. Jane Mayer of The New Yorker honored with Toner PrizeShe and three other pioneering women journalists come to campus for Toner SympopsiumBy Wendy S. Loughlin Four pioneering women journalists shared their professor emerita at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College experiences and insights with students and other of Journalism, called it “engrossing, fact-based storytelling that certainly guests at this year’s Toner Symposium, held at honors traditional journalistic values.” Newhouse in March. Mayer became a staff writer for The New Yorker in 1995, based The journalists—Jane Mayer, staff writer for The in Washington, D.C. She was the first woman to be White House New Yorker; Peggy Simpson, Washington reporter correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, for which she reported for 12 for the Women’s Media Center; Lynette Clemetson, years. Her career includes writing a best-selling book on the war on terror director of NPR’s State Impact; and Kristin Carlson ’99, and covering the fall of the Berlin Wall and the bombing of U.S. Marine co-anchor of The Thirty—discussed the challenges and barracks in Beirut. Her awards include the John Chancellor Award for opportunities of news reporting in the digital age. Excellence in Journalism, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and the Jane Mayer The symposium was part of the Robin Toner Edward Weintal Prize. Program in Political Reporting, which celebrates the The Toner Prize competition drew 128 entries from across the countrylegacy of alumna Robin Toner ’76, the first woman to be national political and from across media platforms. They included the broad range ofcorrespondent for The New York Times. American journalism, from such large news organizations as The New “Like Robin Toner, these women journalists are inspiring for their York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN to community newspapersaccomplishments,” says Charlotte Grimes, Newhouse’s Knight Chair in such as the Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times and the Morris (Ill.) Daily Herald.Political Reporting and administrator of the Toner Program. Judges were veteran journalists and journalism educators. The event also included the awarding of the $5,000 Toner Prize for Toner, who graduated from Syracuse University in 1976 with a dualExcellence in Political Reporting to Mayer for her story “State for Sale,” degree in newspaper journalism and political science, spent 25 yearsan in-depth look at the effects on North Carolina of Citizens United v. as a reporter for The New York Times, during which time she coveredFederal Elections Commission, the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that five presidential campaigns, scores of Congressional and gubernatorialstruck down limits on campaign spending by corporations. races, and most of the nation’s major public policy issues. She began In praising Mayer’s Toner Prize-winning work, judges cited the her journalism career in West Virginia with the Charleston Daily Mail anddetailed reporting and vivid storytelling. Said Geneva Overholser, reported for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.former editor of The Des Moines Register and now director of the After her death in 2008, Toner’s family, friends, and classmates andUniversity of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism and Syracuse University began fundraising for a $1 million campaign to endowCommunication: “A model of how to tell a critically important national the Robin Toner Program in Political Reporting. Donations can be madestory: focus on an illuminating specific, report the hell out of it and turn it online at a gripping story.” Lee Thornton, former CBS News correspondent and 7 7
  10. 10. Symposium examines the future of local news By Wendy S. Loughlin Nationally respected journalists, as well as community leaders and news The second panel, “In-depth Local News: Successes and media executives from Central New York, gathered at the Newhouse Challenges,” focused on news organizations’ successes and challenges School in April for “The News Re-imagined: The Promise of Foundation- in providing consistent and specialized coverage of such issues as health funded Journalism,” a daylong symposium focusing on the future of care, education, and local government. Panelists were Jim Aroune, vice local news and its impact on the community. Suzanne Lysak, assistant president of broadcasting with WCNY-TV (PBS); Lissa Harris, editor of professor of broadcast and digital journalism, organized the event.; Ashley Kang ’04, G’11, director of The Stand; Ron Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Lombard ’81, news director of YNN—Your News Now (Syracuse); and Rex released a report titled “The Information Needs of Communities: The Smith, vice president and editor of the Times Union (Albany, New York). Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age,” which sought to Moderator was Al Tompkins, senior broadcast faculty with the Poynter ensure the long-term health of news and information resources as a Institute. benefit to communities and their citizens. Among other things, the The third panel, “The News Re-imagined: Community Needs and report recommended a new role Foundation Response,” addressed in journalism for foundations, such questions as the following: philanthropists, and citizens. What does the community need and Through a series of panel want from local reporting? What is discussions and question-and- the impact on the community when answer sessions with the audience, there is a lack of consistent in- “The News Re-imagined” focused on depth coverage of important issues? the viability of foundation-funded What role can foundations play? journalism, and looked at how local Panelists were Clark Bell, journalism news coverage can better serve the program director with the McCormick community and the impact when there is a lack of in-depth reporting on Foundation; John Eberle G’03, vice president for grants and community various subjects. initiatives with the Central New York Community Foundation; Michael The event opened with welcoming remarks from Newhouse Dean Henesey, coordinator of communications with the Syracuse City School Lorraine Branham, followed by a keynote address by Steven Waldman, District; Helen Hudson, at-large member of Syracuse Common Council; author of the FCC report. and Fanny Villarreal, founder and executive director of Nosotros Radio. During the first panel, “Foundation-funded Journalism: The Making Moderator was Hub Brown, associate dean with the Newhouse School. of Headlines,” participants discussed the current state of foundation- The symposium was funded through a $20,000 grant from The funded journalism at the national level, as well as the issue of John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of maintaining editorial independence. Panelists included Kevin Davis, CEO New York, which asked top communications schools to take action on of Investigative News Network; Stephen Engelberg, managing editor of the FCC report through seminars and research projects. Carnegie and ProPublica; Peggy Girshman, executive editor of Kaiser Health News; and Knight are dedicating more than $800,000 to help implement the report’s Steve Katz, publisher of Mother Jones. Waldman was moderator. recommendations. More information is available online at
  11. 11. Newhouse hosts 21st annualAlexia Photojournalism Seminar and CompetitionBy Wendy S. LoughlinThe 21st annual Alexia Photojournalism Seminar The Wall Street Journal, and various nonprofitand Competition was held in February at the organizations around the world.Newhouse School. Tom Kennedy, Alexia Tsairis In addition, photographer Kathryn CookEndowed Chair in Documentary Photography, earned a Judges Special Recognition awardhosted the event, which is sponsored by the and will receive special grant funding fromAlexia Foundation for World Peace and Cultural Aphrodite and Peter Tsairis, co-foundersUnderstanding. of the Alexia Foundation, to complete her The seminar featured Whitney Johnson, project “Memory of Trees,” which exploresdirector of photography with The New “the aftermath of the ‘denied’ 1915 ArmenianYorker; Kira Pollack, photo editor with Time Genocide in Ottoman Turkey, and the reality ofmagazine; and Maggie Steber, an independent living as an Armenian in Turkey today.”documentary photographer. They also served as Second-place student winner wascompetition judges. Oxana Onipko for her project, “Russian North Photojournalist Justin Maxon won the Caucasus, Dagestan: Violence Waits in the$15,000 Alexia Foundation professional grant Shadows,” a documentary project about “thefor a proposed project that aims to “shed light complex and violent conflicts inside Russia’son the frightening reality of how many murders North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, the mostgo unsolved every year in America.” His project dangerous place in Europe.”also won the Cliff Edom “New America Award” In addition, Awards of Excellence went toas part of the National Press Photographer the following:Association’s 2011 Best of Photojournalism • Gabriel Romero, a graduate student atcompetition. Based in San Francisco, Maxon Brooks Institute, for a project on the Israeli-has received numerous awards for his work, Palestinian conflict;and was the second-place student winner in • Raymond Thompson, a graduate student atthe 2008 Alexia Competition—making him the University of Texas at Austin, for a projectone of only two photographers to have earned on the effects of mass incarceration onAlexia Foundation grants as a student and a African American communities; andprofessional. • Ismail Ferdous, a student at Pathshala South Katie Orlinsky was the first-place winner in Asian Media Academy, for a project on thethe student category for her project “Innocence effects of environmental changes on theAssassinated: Living in Mexico’s Drug War,” people of Shatkhira, Sundarbans.which tells “a less covered story of Mexico’s The Alexia Foundation honors the memorydrug war: the innocent victim.” She is currently of Alexia Tsairis, a victim of the 1988 terrorista student at the Columbia University Graduate bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, The work of current and past competitionSchool of Journalism and a fellow at the Toni Scotland. At the time of her death, Tsairis winners can be viewed online atStabile Center for Investigative Journalism. was a junior photojournalism student in the regularly works for The New York Times, Newhouse School. 9
  12. 12. Newhouse 2, Part 2 Planned $18 million renovation will bring the Newhouse School fully into the digital age By Wendy S. Loughlin Forty years is a long time, especially when it comes to media production. join. Communications schools are as deeply impacted by everything going It’s been nearly that long since Newhouse 2 opened in 1974, just on as the industries we represent.” a few years after SU’s School of Journalism merged with the television Storytelling, especially video storytelling, is at the center of the and radio department and officially became the S.I. Newhouse School of dramatic changes taking place, Kramer says. “It’s only natural that we Public Communications. quickly update our technical resources to teach the ability to produce While Newhouse 1, the original Newhouse building, had been quality and relevant video using the tools of the trade that matter today,” devoted mainly to print journalism, the opening of Newhouse 2 was a sign he says. “You wouldn’t teach someone to drive today using a Model T.” of the school’s continuing expansion into broadcast and film production— The current studios suffer from outdated analog technology and in fact, it was CBS chairman of the board William S. Paley who delivered antiquated lighting, controls. and systems. Production equipment and the Newhouse 2 dedication speech. When it opened, the most striking project workflow hinder, rather than foster, collaboration. Control rooms feature of the new building were its studios, which dominated the ground lack proper teaching configurations. And there’s a lack of multimedia floor. They were, at that time, considered cutting edge, an outgrowth of focus. the “Golden Age of Television,” used as a training ground for thousands “These issues compromise Newhouse’s ability to train students for of future communications leaders. careers in media production and related areas,” says Branham. “And they Today, the studios continue to serve as an integral part of the affect our ability to recruit the best students, who see superior facilities school. But while the communications industry has been transformed by on tours of competitor schools.” convergence, multimedia, and rapidly changing technology, the studios Chris Licht ’93, vice president of news programming with CBS News, have remained largely the same for the past four decades. That’s about to says that competitive edge is crucial. “The more you can minimize on- change. the-job training, the more responsibility you’ll have and the quicker you “As a top communications school, it is our duty to keep up with the can advance,” he says. “Students have to come out of Newhouse not just rapid pace of change in the industry,” says Newhouse Dean Lorraine on the same level as the organizations they’re joining but actually a step Branham. “We must provide our ahead. The organizations will catch up with their knowledge.” students with the opportunity In the spring of 2009, during her first year as dean, Branham to work with the tools and convened a steering committee to create a feasibility study focusing in the settings that truly on a complete renovation of the studios. Consulting firm National prepare them for what they TeleConsultants (NTC) and architectural firm Gensler partnered with the will find when they enter the committee, which comprised Newhouse faculty and staff as well as SU professional media world. That design and technology experts. means we must have cutting- In April 2010, NTC and Gensler delivered a 70-page report that lays edge facilities and the latest the groundwork for the renovation, which will bring the Newhouse studios technology.” into the 21st century. Adds Larry Kramer ’72, Goals for the estimated $18 million project include: president and publisher of • Comprehensive upgrade of studio and news production to HD USA TODAY, and chair of the digital technology—including professional grade, high-definition Newhouse Advisory Board: production control rooms with special accommodations for full “There is nothing more important to the Newhouse School today than class instruction, multi-camera production, 5.1 audio control, and staying not only relevant, but ahead of the game during a time of massive news production automation and continuing change in virtually every industry we train our students to10
  13. 13. PROPOSED TIMELINE Jan-April 2012 Project kick-off, architect hired May-Dec 2012 Design and review Jan-March 2013 Construction company hired April 2013-June 2014 Construction Fall 2014 New studios open • Advanced teaching lab spaces tailored to news and multimedia “Ultimately,” says Branham, “this project will enhance the quality, production instruction size, capability, and connectivity of our production facilities, and go a • News studios, including a dedicated news room with a permanent long way toward bolstering our academic mission.” news set and a green screen Michael Schoonmaker, chair of television-radio-film, says the completed facilities will not represent simply an upgrade, but something • Production studios, including a multi-camera production studio all new. “The most exciting thing about this project is that we’re putting and a virtual set studio together something none of us has ever seen before,” he says. “When • An expanded collaboration area for all the major we consulted leaders in all areas of communication, they challenged us production functions as well as an area for small group to think beyond what we know as a studio and imagine a space where or production meetings all SU students could explore, experiment, and invent across media and disciplines.” • Smaller flex studios and break-out spaces, including Gensler, the architectural firm that worked on the feasibility study, a large classroom/screening room, a production will handle the design. Construction is slated to begin in April 2013 and conference room, a studio control room, and lab space last a little over a year. The new studios are expected to open in time for • A revamped “Cage,” where students sign out and the fall 2014 semester. learn to operate all types of audio and video Additional funding will come from several sources, including the production equipment S.I. Newhouse Foundation and Syracuse University, as well as industry • A bureau and office space for Orange Television partnerships. Additional fundraising from alumni and friends of the Network, the SU student TV station Newhouse School is also needed to support the project. “The greatest contribution anyone can give, whether they are an One of the most visually interesting features of the new studio alum, or someone who has hired an alum and benefited from it, is thecomplex will be the two-story entry lobby, located at the corner of ability to return the favor by helping us prepare the next batch of studentsUniversity and Waverly avenues, which will be marked by a dramatic just as well,” says curtain wall allowing for a sweeping view from the outside. Inside Schoonmaker thinks connection to the industry through alumni andthe lobby, a proposed double-height wall would display a large visual art the school’s growing number of partnerships is crucial to the success ofinstallation, which will include, among other things, work produced by the project. “The studio complex must continue to support traditionalNewhouse students. media activities, but those activities no longer exist in a vacuum. As The project is designed to LEED sustainability standards, and will media practices converge and platforms multiply, our storytelling spacesfeature LED studio lighting, high-energy efficiency, advanced building and resources must respond in similarly inventive ways, preparingcontrols, sustainable materials, and improved indoor air quality. students of all media persuasions for the dynamic and uncertain terrain of today’s fascinating media landscape.” 11
  14. 14. Newhouse public relations Newhouse School, 360i partner to program honored by PRWeek create digital advertising program By Wendy S. Loughlin The Newhouse School’s public relations By Wendy S. Loughlin program received an honorable mention in the PR Education Program of the Year category This spring, the Newhouse School and award-winning digital agency 360i announced the of the 2012 PRWeek Awards. The awards are establishment of the 360i and Newhouse Digital Advertising Alliance. Made possible by a gift among the highest accolades in the public from 360i and the agency’s CEO Bryan Wiener ’92, the initiative will support the creation of a relations industry. digital advertising program at Newhouse. “Employers rate Newhouse public “We are so grateful to the many friends of Newhouse, like Bryan, whose generosity relations graduates as consistently ‘day-one allows us to continue to offer a cutting-edge education to our students and be responsive ready,’” says department chair Brenda Wrigley. to the rapidly changing communications industry,” says Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham. “Our award-winning faculty members provide “Because of the 360i partnership, our advertising students will graduate with the digital students with knowledge and application chops they need to really compete for jobs and be successful in their careers. And we through comprehensive learning experiences expect 360i to benefit as well, as the agency will have an opportunity to work alongside and and strong connections to the profession.” collaborate with some of our best students.” The award citation listed several strengths As part of the initiative, 360i will develop projects for selected undergraduate advertising of the Newhouse PR program: classes, where students will form mock ad agencies and compete with one another to create a winning campaign. At the end of the semester, the students will present to the client, who will • The Public Relations Student Society of choose the winning team. America (PRSSA) chapter, based at At the graduate level, students will travel to New York City for a one-day workshop at Newhouse, has a record 150 members. 360i, and will also work on a three-week project for the agency as part of their capstone • Hill Communications was designated as one course. of 20 student-run PR firms nationally In addition, two 360i Fellowships will be available each year to juniors, seniors, and affiliated with PRSSA, and expanded to a graduate students who demonstrate superior digital skills. Fellowships will include a summer record 90 members last year with projected internship at 360i and a mentor assignment. Fellows will also serve as 360i Ambassadors, annual revenue of a record $18,000. visiting advertising classes to share what they learn through their internship. • Students earned spots in the highly A 360i executive will also come to campus to give a public lecture each fall. Wiener visited competitive internship programs at Newhouse in February. Lockheed Martin and PepsiCo, among The initiative is part of 360iU, the agency’s educational center, which was created to others. cross-pollinate the agency’s deep and diverse knowledge base, and is part of an ongoing effort to educate its Fortune 500 clients, employees, and the industry at large on the new • Within six months of graduation, 81 percent world of marketing and communications in which technological innovation is paramount. of undergraduate and 89 percent of “Through our 360iU initiative, we’re committed to investing in education for our graduate alumni are employed full time. employees, our clients, and the future digital leaders of tomorrow,” says Wiener. “The partnership with Newhouse furthers this aim and will help prepare a new generation of An awards ceremony was held in March in marketers to effectively navigate the rapid pace of change in the digital age.” New York City.12
  15. 15. Recent Newhouse GuestsRob Baiocco, executive creative director, Grey Gerd Ludwig, National Geographic photographerHealthy People Lea Marino ’08, community manager, BizzyBrian Batchelder, vice president of recruiting withFleishman-Hillard Michel Martin, host, Tell Me More (NPR)David Bell, chairman emeritus, Interpublic Group Sam Mettler, Emmy-winning executive producer, Intervention (AETN)Robert Bilheimer, filmmaker, Not My Life Ron Meyer, president and COO, Universal StudiosBill Borrelle, CEO, mcgarrybowen Claudia Patton, chief talent officer, Edelman Mary Beth Tinker, whose decision to wearSteven Bradbury, chief revenue officer, Zazoom an armband to junior high school in 1965 Risa Sherman G’96, senior consultant, Cause led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling upholding students’ free speech rights,Brian Costello, executive advisor, Encandle Consulting visited Newhouse in March as a guest ofIncubator the Tully Center for Free Speech. Shawn Smith G’93, vice president and chiefDoug Craig, senior vice president of digital and marketing officer, NBA Development Leaguehome entertainment, Discovery Communications Steve Stoute, marketing executive and authorLee Doyle, managing partner, GroupM Oliver Starr, chief evangelist, PearlTreesJay Feather ’94, director of photography; ChrisGodsick ’87, executive producer; Reid Scott ’00, Mary Beth Tinker, free speech pioneeractor, Veep (HBO) Laurie Torres, chief people officer, WCGJustin Fogarty, social media manager, Ariba Inc. Brian Waldman, vice president of marketing andElena Garcia, senior vice president of human strategy, Merchant Warehouse Inc.resources, APCO Worldwide Bryan Wiener ’92, CEO, 360iCarol Garrity, vice president of human resourcesand operations, 360 Public Relations Adam Zand ’87, consultant, Almost UbiquitousLawrence-Hilton Jacobs, actor/writer/director/ Ron Meyer, president and COO of Universal Danny Zuker ’86, Emmy Award-winning writer Studios, visited Newhouse in March forproducer and co-executive producer, Modern Family (ABC) a Q&A with students. He discussed his career—from his first job as a messenger at the Paul Kohner agency to his current role as head of Universal—and offered advice to those seeking to make it in the entertainment industry. As you’re building your career, he said, “stoop to conquer.” 13
  16. 16. BuildingBridges Newhouse alumnus guides an online journalism startup in Armenia by Christy Perry Last year, Greg Bilazarian ’06 decided he had done his last television this started from zero. So I have had my hand in decisions ranging from news stand-up in a snowstorm. He wanted to try something new. personnel to chairs.” So the former Toledo, Ohio, TV news reporter traveled to southeastern Europe to do volunteer work in Armenia and later landed Homeland heritage a paid job as a news producer for a fledgling national news operation. The Philadelphia native had a good reason for choosing to go to Armenia: Bilazarian now lives in Yerevan, Armenia, and works for the Civilitas his family roots are there. His mother told him about the volunteer Foundation, the parent organization for Civilnet TV. experience available through an organization that sponsors young people Bilazarian, a Newhouse broadcast and digital journalism alumnus, to serve in Armenia, and he expected to live there for two months. With co-manages the day-to-day Civilnet TV news operation, which is Internet- his new role, he now expects to stay in Armenia for at least a year. based. “I am the producer,” he explained via e-mail, “but keep in mind14
  17. 17. The Civilnet TV newsroom has about 40 employees, including five Bilazarian also says that though content on Armenian web sites isreporters and five videographers/editors. “I like to believe my biggest fairly free of government intervention, only about 20 percent of Armeniansrole is bringing some level of experience to a mostly green news team,” have easy daily access to the Internet.he wrote. “I also try to be encouraging and push our people to always trysomething new.” Giving back The online media outlet, which debuted in September 2011, operates To sum up his experience so far, the former WAER-FM sports director putsin a country where journalists don’t have the same access to public it this way: “Some people desire to work for a startup, so they do that.figures that American reporters have. “We recently did a story about Some people desire to work internationally. Some people desire to workparliament members simply not attending session. We called a rather in a language they don’t know yet. Some people desire to do some formfamous member who said not to call him and we can only ask questions of work to help their ancestral homeland. Some people desire to do someat press conferences, which he almost never has,” Bilazarian wrote. form of work involving a Third World or developing country. I’m doing all these things at once.”
  18. 18. The Barnhill Method By Michael Schoonmaker Professor Richard Barnhill happened to be the in a way that I would never forget—call it a around here, certain things remain the same,” first person I ever met at Newhouse when I heart-to-heart. In some ways I thought I had I said. “These kids have quite a responsibility, toured the school back in the fall of 1980. He let him down (needing to hear everything you know. Underneath all the crazy changes also happened to be the last person I saw on in my insecurity and vulnerability)… but he in technology and the media they still have to the way out the Newhouse door four years later. didn’t belittle me. He just laid it all out in blunt tell a good story. They can’t do that by wishing, No one I know would call him, outwardly, simplicity. People don’t make it in this business or philosophizing or reading a ‘how to’ manual the warmest or friendliest or most effervescent by sitting back and waiting for fate to hit them or even by getting a diploma. To truly succeed, person they ever met. In fact, I actually in the face. They go out there, and they make it they have to roll up their sleeves, take the bull wondered if he even knew my name when I happen. They achieve by doing things! by the horns and do it! I call it The Barnhill walked into his office after the graduation Flash-forward a few weeks. While meeting Method.” ceremony. with the Newhouse alums he connected me He waved his hand at me and turned away “So what are your plans?” he tossed my to (all of whom I am still in touch with today), for a second, but I’m pretty sure he smiled. way with artful aversion of eye contact. I was I found out that there is a term to describe probably the hundredth or so person trying to my experience with Professor Barnhill on that Michael Schoonmaker is chair of the Television- grab that extra little tidbit of magic life advice fateful day. “That was the Barnhill method!” Radio-Film Department at Newhouse. on the way out the door. they all said. “How do you think we got where “Well, I thought I would go back home and we are today?” Professor Richard B. Barnhill died November take a few months off, maybe travel a little, then Flash-forward years later. I joined the 29, 2011, at the age of 86. Born in Forest Hills, who knows? Start a small production company Newhouse School as a faculty member and New York, he resided in Cazenovia for more in my hometown? I’m not really a big city introduced my advanced TV production students than 40 years. Before joining the faculty of person.” to Professor Emeritus Barnhill, the one who the Newhouse School in 1966 as professor in He lifted his coffee to his lips, took a sip, taught me everything I was teaching them. television-radio-film, he was a WWII aviator and then shot me the eyes. I wasn’t really ready After a stirring talk to the students, we sat down in the U.S. Navy, then a production executive for them. In fact I was a little scared, like I had at for a cup of coffee. He was clearly with WNBC-TV in New York. He was the 1990 just had made him angry or something. But he awestruck by the new building and the energy Syracuse University Newhouse School Alumni wasn’t angry. Clear, penetrating, and succinct, of the students he had talked to. Association Distinguished Honoree recipient. but not angry. “Some things really do change, Mike. I A proponent of “reality education,” he “I taught you better than that, Mike. (how don’t know how you do it… keep up with it all.” established the school’s Semester in New did he know my name?) Next week, you’re going “Really?” I asked. “Is that a trick York City program in 1986 in association with to meet with these people (as he jotted some question?” the National Academy of Television Arts and names on a half-sheet of paper) and you are “Maybe,” he said as he watched the Sciences. That program served to inspire the going to finish the job you started here.” students all around us. current LA Semester. Over the next 30 minutes he proceeded I couldn’t resist the reflective pause in to retell me everything I already knew, but our conversation. “As much as things change16
  19. 19. The Fundamentals Never ChangeBy Aileen GallagherSamuel V. Kennedy III spent the first half of his into an ethical discussion about whether the was published by Syracuse University Presscareer as a newspaper man, and the second half headline “Man Wins Lotto, Buys Farm” was in 1999. He retired from the Newhouse Schooltraining a generation of reporters and editors appropriate for a story about a lottery winner in the Newhouse School. The retired associate who died in a subsequent car wreck. He During his last semester at Newhouse,professor and former chair of the newspaper taught us that copy editors check everything, Kennedy allowed Emilie Davis, an adjunctdepartment died February 20 at the age of 75. especially whether the name of the bourbon professor, to shadow him in his editing class, He taught hundreds of students, including stolen in the liquor story robbery was, in fact, which she began teaching the following fall.this one, to write obituaries. Old Grandfather. It’s Old Grand-Dad, actually, She completed the editing exercises and took Kennedy was born in Auburn, New York, and some friends chipped in and bought him Kennedy’s current events quizzes. “Once inon July 18, 1936. He graduated from Cornell a bottle in tribute, presenting it to him at awhile, Sam would acknowledge my presenceUniversity and in 1960 joined The Auburn graduation. by saying something like, ‘You can tell theCitizen-Advertiser where he worked as the Kennedy was gruff but kind, an archetypal professional in the class’ when he would bemanaging editor until 1975. He brought his newspaper editor and professor both. When a looking over my shoulder at a headline I hadexperiences with him to Newhouse in 1976 and prospective student named Roy Gutterman came just written,” Davis says. But Kennedy wouldn’tshared them for the next 25 years. He taught to visit Newhouse in the late 1980s, he found actually comment on the headline, and insteadreporting, editing, and newspaper management Kennedy in his office smoking a cigar. “I thought, kept her guessing as to what he thought.classes, all imprinted with Kennedy’s sense of this guy seems like one of those old time editors Davis’s favorite part of that last semestersound journalistic principles and ethics. you’d see in the movies,” says Gutterman, now with Kennedy was walking with him to class. Kennedy believed that the fundamentals an associate professor at Newhouse. “I was He always took what he called “the Food.never changed, even if the technology did. In hooked then.” Gutterman took editing and com tour,” back when the small snack bar washis editing class in the late 1990s, we used pica newspaper business with Kennedy, who had tucked in a narrow passage between Newhouserulers and resizing wheels for layouts. “You a reputation for being a hard grader. “In class, 1 and 2. “Sam would call out to students indon’t know where you’ll end up,” he said in he was difficult to please,” Gutterman recalls. his class by name, give a wave or a nod as heresponse to our loud protests. “You could land “There was no sugar-coating anything that walked by,” Davis remembers. “He told me heat some paper somewhere that’s still not using happened in the newsroom, which is exactly liked to connect with students that way beforecomputers.” We doubted such a place existed what budding journalists need to hear.” class, and I’m sure he also wanted them to knowuntil, of course, we began looking for jobs. Kennedy furthered his own education at it was time to get themselves to the classroom.” He taught us to write good headlines and, Syracuse and earned a Ph.D. is history fromonce we learned to keep headline counts, to the Maxwell School. His dissertation, “Samuel Aileen Gallagher is an assistant professor in thewrite good headlines to size. We launched Hopkins Adams and the Business of Writing,” magazine department. 17
  20. 20. A reporter’s toughest assignment by Christy Perry She now says the story was unlike anything As she prepared to cover the Badger family “I think Professor Davis’ advice is the best she’d ever covered. Maggie Gordon ’08, funeral in Manhattan, Gordon contacted Steve I’ve ever received—no hyperbole,” says Gordon. a reporter for the Stamford (Connecticut) Davis, chair of Newhouse’s newspaper and “As it was, I was able to focus completely on Advocate, was assigned to cover a tragic story— online journalism department and one of her what was happening.” on Christmas Day, no less. former professors. She asked for his advice on “It was incredibly moving,” Gordon says of Three young girls died during a Christmas how to cover the funeral. the service. “At one point, as I dabbed my eyes morning 2011 fire in Stamford. The girls’ mother, “He told me to focus on putting people in with a Starbucks napkin I’d found at the bottom Madonna Badger, survived. The fire also took the church and to make the story a description of my purse, I looked over and saw that even the the lives of Badger’s parents, Lomer and Pauline of the setting more than an arrangement of more ‘hardened’ reporters were also fighting Johnson. quotes,” Gordon says. back tears.” “It was sort of incomprehensible,” Gordon Many other reporters from major news Gordon credits her Newhouse news writing says. “Stamford’s mayor called Madonna outlets like The New York Times and CNN were classes with preparing her to report a story like Badger’s loss ‘unimaginable,’ and I think that’s at the church as well. Electronic coverage was this. She said classes that required her to juggle the only way to describe it.” banned at the service. multiple stories outside of her assigned beat For a young reporter covering the Because of Davis’ advice, Gordon says, were a tremendous asset to the work she now education beat at a mid-sized daily newspaper, she went to the church a day before the does. writing this story and continuing through to funeral and spent time taking photos, walking And she learned how to tell peoples’ cover the funeral was daunting. the aisles, counting the pews and reading a stories with dignity and in fine detail. “I learned “Trying to find the words to convey a pamphlet about the church. She believes that that a terrible tragedy isn’t just a fire story. level of grief and heartache that I myself familiarizing herself with the setting in advance It’s more than 25 inches written up by a crime couldn’t comprehend was a true challenge,” made her story stronger than it might have been reporter.” Gordon says. “But it wasn’t about me, or how otherwise. challenging it was for me. It was about a woman who’d lost everything.”1818
  21. 21. Drew EsocoffLights, camera, classroomby Christy PerryWhether they step or Skype into television-radio-film (TRF) classrooms, offered through the master’s programs in TRF; broadcast and digitalsome of the sports and entertainment media’s top professionals taught journalism; and magazine, newspaper, and online journalism.classes at Newhouse this spring. Discovery Communications’ Ed Hersh ’75; Mike Krupat ’98 of Ryan TRF has developed a new kind of course that brings leading industry Seacrest Productions; and former Law and Order: SVU executive producerprofessionals into classes to teach one-week seminars. “The one-week Jon Greene ’85 also taught courses at Newhouse this spring.workshop model fits well with their busy schedules,” says Michael Schoonmaker says that while students benefit greatly from theSchoonmaker, TRF chair. “These instructors bring students fresh insights lessons taught by these experienced media professionals, the teachersand challenges from their work environments.” themselves also learn some new things. NBC Super Bowl Director Drew Esocoff taught a one-credit sports “The guest instructors often leave with very valuable insights of theirdirecting seminar to juniors and seniors. His visit complemented the own, courtesy of some of the brightest digital natives in the country,”Newhouse School’s new Sports Communication Emphasis, which is Schoonmaker says of the students. 19
  22. 22. Students honored with College Television Award By Wendy S. Loughlin The Complex, a six-episode drama created by Newhouse, taught by Schoonmaker. It can be television-radio-film (TRF) students, has been viewed on YouTube. honored with an Academy of Television Arts & Students include Alston, executive Sciences Foundation College Television Award producer; Nick Brown, director; Milvionne for Outstanding Narrative Series. This is the Chery, producer; Deborah Cohen, editor and second time TRF students have received the set designer; Lindsay Cohen, art director and award. editor; Brittany Dandy, producer; Sullivan Students Jasmine Alston and Elliott Regan Fitzgerald, writer; Josh Frackleton, director; accepted the award in Hollywood, California, Heather Gately, set designer; Jude Gesek, in March. writer; Shana Lawrence, head writer; Ryan “This is the ‘national championship’ of Little, writer; Andrew Loane, line producer; college-level television production,” says TRF Kristina Mazzarelli, line producer; Pat chair Michael Schoonmaker. “These students McGuinness, director; Andrew Potoczak, writer; not only wrote and produced a thrilling story, Dan Powell, music producer; Elliott Regan, they also created an innovative production style star and music designer; Joshua Rivera, writer; employing new DSLR [digital single-lens reflex] Jake Rosen, production manager; Charlie Roth, technology along with some very gutsy camera writer; Kelsie Testa, production manager; Erika moves. I couldn’t be more proud of them!” Bertu, “Standards and Practices” (Classroom The series was produced as part of the TA); and Andrea Hall, “Standards and Practices” Television Production (TRF 452/652) course at (Studio TA).20
  23. 23. 70s John Opdycke ’89 is vice president of marketing at TOA Technologies. Jeff Glor ’97 is anchor of the Sunday edition of CBS Evening News and a Frances Cafarell ’74 is clerk of the court, special correspondent for CBS This Appellate Division, Fourth Department, Bob Stohrer ’89 is chief marketing Morning. in New York. officer of Clear Channel Digital. He was previously vice president of corporate Juan Carlos Pedreira ’97 is partner and John Sykes ’77 was named to the newly marketing at Sprint Nextel. founder of @Social Matrix PR and a created position of president of Clear social media and political analyst for Channel Entertainment Enterprises in Tracey Watkowski ’89 is vice president news station WUNO-AM in San Juan, January. of news at KGO-TV in San Francisco. She Puerto Rico. was previously news director of KFSN- 80s TV in Fresno, Calif. 00s Nina Amir ’82 is the author of How Elizabeth Gebler Griswold ’00 was part to Blog a Book: Write, Publish and Cheryl Wills ’89 is the author of Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale (Bascom Hill). of a team awarded a Merit Award as part Promote Your Work One Post at a Time of HOW magazine’s In-HOWse Design (Writer’s Digest Books). She is an anchor and reporter for cable news network New York 1 News in New Competition. She also won an Americanlass N York City and blogs for The Huffington Graphic Design Award from GD USA. Maria T. Welych ’83, G’96 was Griswold is a graphic design director for named to the board of directors of the Post and MSA Architects. Technology Alliance of Central New York. Saul Wisinia ’89 is the author of Fenway Park: The Centennial (St. Bryan LeFauve G’01 is executive vice Jim Weiss ’87, chairman and CEO of president of SKM Group in Depew, N.Y. WCG, founded and is head of the new Martin’s Press). W2O Group, now the parent company of Krista Witanowski G’02 is assistant WCG and two new firms, Twist and W2O Ventures. 90s vice president of regulatory affairs at Stacy Bierlein ’91 is the author of the CTIA, the International Association for story collection A Vacation on the Island the Wireless Telecommunications. Deb Adair ’88 was part of a team nominated for an Academy Award for of Ex-Boyfriends (Elephant Rock Books). Alan Cavanna ’03 received the Sound Mixing for her work on the film Motorsports Journalism Award of Moneyball. Liz Poda ’91 is director of marketing at Excellence in honor of Russ Catlin, the Rescue Mission in Syracuse. presented by Charlotte Motor Jerry Leo ’88 is executive vice president Speedway. for program strategy and production Tracy Smith ’91 is the director of at Bravo Media. He previously served development at Community Rowing Inc. Brian Kanziger ’03 was named a 2011 as senior vice president for program in Brighton, Mass. Emmy Award winner at the 35th annual strategy and acquisitions. Suncoast Emmy Awards for coverage Andrew Kaffes ’94 was named to the of the shooting of Congresswoman Dan Menzel ’88 is senior vice president Greek American Foundation’s “Forty Gabrielle Giffords. He is an executive of cable sales at Warner Bros. Domestic Under 40” list. He is the president of producer at WSVN/Channel 7 in Miami. Television Distribution. He previously A.G. Kaffes & Associates. served as vice president of cable sales. Rene Marsh G’03 is a national Kristin Bojanowski G’97 correspondent for CNN Newsource. Jonathan Gruber ’89 is the writer, married William Bruton. She is a producer, and director for the films communications specialist at Praxair Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray and Inc. in Tonawanda, N.Y. Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story. 21
  24. 24. Ashley (Hanry) Kang ’04, G’11 and her Sinhue Mendoza ’08 is the Latino husband welcomed a son, Yoon-Mo marketing manager for Sporting Desmond, in January. She is director Kansas City Soccer Club. of The Stand, Syracuse’s South Side Community Newspaper Project, and Ali Jackson Popp G’08 is marketing In Memoriam serves as the community newspaper project manager for the Syracuse coordinator for Syracuse University. Convention & Visitors Bureau. Marion (Bozzone) Rechsteiner ’43, G’48 passed away in March. Lauren Williams G’04 is deputy editor Jeannie Wert ’08 is a cultural tourism An award-winning journalist of The Root, The Washington Post manager for the Denver Convention and attorney, she was active in Company’s African American news and and Visitors Bureau. community service, and was one commentary site, where she previously of 75 women nationwide to receive served as associate editor. Mirel Ketchiff ’09 is an associate the General Mills 75th anniversary editor with First for Women. She was “Spirit of Betty Crocker” award. Cindy Krenek-Arco ’05 married George previously an editorial assistant. Arco. She is a public relations account Harvey Katz ’49 passed executive at the Dalton Agency in away in June 2011. He spent a 10slass N Jacksonville, Fla. decade as a reporter for several Andrew Africk ’10 is the media weekly newspapers, and later Arielle Berlin ’06 is an anchor and relations and broadcasting assistant served as director of corporate reporter at WPBN-WTOM TV 7 & 4 in for the Dayton (Ohio) Dragons, a minor communications for Pan Am and Traverse City, Mich. league baseball team. president of the New York City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. David Brewer ’06 is vice president of Timothy Lehman ’11 is a strategic program strategy and acquisitions for planning trainee for Publicis Singapore. Bravo. He previously served as director of strategic program planning. Alex Pines ’11 placed third in the Narrative Multimedia Storytelling Araksya Karapetyan ’06 is a general – Features category of the Hearst assignment reporter and fill-in anchor Multimedia Competition, part of the at KTTV in Los Angeles. William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program. Alexandra Press ’06 is director of marketing at GraphEffect. Patrick Felton G’07 is an instructor at West Virginia State University, a blogger for Battleship Pretension and has a podcast, “That Conversation.” Send us your news! 22 22
  25. 25. 2011 Report of DonorsBENEFACTORS William W. Friberger III and Bruce M. Levy and Linda L. Levy Joyce Tudryn-Friberger Christopher A. LichtAnonymous Friends Brian S. Frons and Jeanine Guarneri-Frons Gary T. LicoJames C. Andrews Steven Fuchs Robert R. Light and Shelly M. LightL. Kelly Atkinson Jr. Stephen J. Geimann and Carol A. Sadler Arthur S. LiuLawrence I. Barron Est. of Dr. William A. Glavin Jr. Gretchen B. LurieKenneth S. Barron and Marian L. Barron Nicholas B. Godfrey Thomas A. MandelJohn J. Barry and Kathleen P. Barry Lola L. Goldring L. Camille MasseyS. Andrew Baumbach Gloria Gonzalez Erik G. Matlick and Dr. Ali Scharf-MatlickRoger S. Berkowitz Jonathan R. Gorchow Mr. and Mrs. Patrick B. McCallRobert A. Berman and Ronnie S. Berman Paul R. Gordon and Nan P. Gordon William P. McGoldrickMark L. Bienstock and Maxine Bienstock Peter G. Gosselin Kevin J. McNamaraEdward Bleier Jill A. Green Steven MerinMichael D. Block Hank Greenwald and Carla R. Greenwald Theodore C. MeyerLynne A. Boles David M. Hale John Douglas MillerErica D. Branch-Ridley William T. Hayden and Debbie J. Hayden Stacey MindichJudith L. Bronk Peter James Hebert Robert J. Miron and Diane Goldblatt MironHoward L. Brown and Nancy G. Brown Joyce Hergenhan Dr. Helena MitchellSara M. Cakebread Edward L. Hersh Robert P. MitchellCarla L. Callaway Jonathan J. Holtz and Susan W. Holtz Virginia H. MoriartySean B. Carey Peter A. Horvitz Mark H. Morris and Judith L. MorrisAlan A. Cavanna Gwen Ifill Eric Mower and Dr. Judith C. MowerKitty Lun Chan Jackie T. Jamsheed Dale M. MurphyJohn H. Chapple Jason Michael Jedlinski and Jay Eric Nitz Joseph T. Muscato and Leanna K. MuscatoFriends of Jay Chrepta Wayne D. Johnsen Dr. Lawrence Myers Jr. and Dr. Betty Jane MyersStephen E. Cohen Grant A. Johnson Philip A. Nardone Jr.Roger W. Conner and L. Susan Conner J. Edward Kaish Eugene A. NelsonAnnemargaret Connolly Olga M. Kaish* Donald E. Newhouse and Susan C. NewhouseLorraine M. Corcoran Dr. Robin L. Kaplan and Lori S. Kaplan Janice M. NittoliTheodore E. Dailey and Joan G. Dailey Theodore H. Kapnek III and Wendy O. Kapnek Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Nye Jr.Gwendolyn Snow Davis David A. Katz Nancy Knowles ParkerLynne A. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Dennis H. Kekas Michael S. PerlisWilliam F. Doescher Steven R. Kent Edmund F.S. Perry Jr. and Nancy E. PerryJanine Dusossoit William S. Koenig and Melinda C. Witmer Andrea Davis PinkneyJohn R. Dytman Dr. Edward J. Koppel Mr. and Mrs. John PlavocosBrian A. Edelman Bernard R. Kossar and Carol K. Kossar Howard W. PolskinBrian Andrew Eden David A. Kowalski and Debra J. Kowalski Kevin J. PorterRobert W. Eisenstaedt and Carole Eisenstaedt Lawrence S. Kramer and Myla F. Lerner Shirley PowellAndrea Fant-Hobbs Stephen F. Kroft Rani R. RaadRobert A. Feldman and Marjorie W. Feldman Christine B. Laird Julie F. RaffertyJ. Christian Fenger and Paula S. Fenger Lee M. Lasberg Aneesh RamanDavid G. Flaum Dean A. Leipsner Leslie H. ReadSarah J. Fleischman* Ivan M. Leist and Susan J. Leist Rob Reiner and Michele ReinerAlan W. Frank and Ann L. Frank Lori Moskowitz Lepler Toby Reisman 23