Faculty News: Summer Roundup

Faculty News: Summer Roundup

* Craft of Journalism professor Lisa Armstrong won a Magazine Investigative Reporting award from the National Association of Black Journalists for her Essence magazine story, “Sterilized by the State.” In her announcement of the award, Vanessa Bush, editor-in-chief of said: “This April 2012 piece looked at a little-known eugenics program in North Carolina that was in in practice up until the early ’70s, where more than 7,600 people — primarily Black women — were sterilized without their consent. Just in the last few weeks, a number of victims of this program won a $10 million lawsuit demanding reparations.”

* Radio instructor Amanda Aronczyk shared a Media for a Just Society award for a BBC World Service broadcast, “The Cost of Doing Time.” The award from the National Council on Crime & Delinquency recognizes journalistic works that furthers public understanding of criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, and adult protection issues.

* Professor Sarah Bartlett, director of the Urban Reporting Program at the CUNY J-School, helped facilitate a joint project with the Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center to produce a NYC election atlas.

Listening Post

Listening Post

* Radio instructor Jesse Hardman was in New Orleans this summer creating a pilot community media project with WWNO, the NPR affiliate in the Big Easy. Hardman’s work is through the International NGO Internews, an organization he has previously worked for in Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America. This is Internews’s first foray into developing local media in the United States.

The Listening Post is both a physical and virtual community news initiative. Listening Post recording devices (microphones, digital recorders) are hidden inside local iconographic symbols made of recycled cardboard by a local artist. The “posts” are set up in communication hubs, like library branches, barber shops, and community centers, where New Orleanans can come and record their thoughts and commentaries about local news issues. That audio is produced and shared on the air.

The virtual side of the Listening Post project is a text messaging service where community members can get local news and also respond to questions about what’s happening in the city via SMS and phone. The goal of the project is to create a two-way conversation with the city about housing, jobs, health care, legal rights, education and other essential issues.

* Craft of Journalism professor Tim Harper, the School’s writing coach, did two long profiles for the Thomson Reuters magazine Super Lawyers — renowned mergers & acquisitions attorney Martin Lipton, who invented the “poison pill” strategy, and Charles Schwab chief counsel Carrie Dwyer, who has been at the forefront of legal oversight and compliance for the financial services industry. Tim also edited a book for Oxford University Press, The Connected Age, by Indian entrepreneur Sudhakar Ram, and did a story for FinnAir’s inflight magazine on the New York tradition of happy hour. And Tim, who is editor of the CUNY Journalism Press, oversaw the editorial and production process for two new titles coming this autumn: Citizens Rising: Independent Journalism and the Spread of Democracy, by Internews founder David Hoffman, and The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Nat Hentoff on Journalism, Jazz and the First Amendment, an oral history by CUNY Journalism professor David Lewis.

* Director of Career Services Joanna Hernandez, who has taught Craft of Journalism, received the President’s Award at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists conference in Anaheim, Calif. in August.

* Professor Frederick Kaufman (Feature and Narrative Writing) appeared on NPR’s Los Angeles affiliate, KCRW, to discuss his latest book, “Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food.”

* On August 19, W. W. Norton published the paperback version of Steve Kemper’s book, “A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles Through Islamic Africa.” Kemper teaches Feature Writing.

* Radio instructor Michael Lysak’s responsibility at Bloomberg News has expanded. In addition to overseeing radio network and on-demand podcasts, he now manages the team that provides reports to affiliated stations around the country.

* English as a Second Language Coach Diane Nottle taught “English for the Media” at the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw, Poland.

* Broadcast instructor Barbara Raab has been running a special project for NBC News called “In Plain Sight: Poverty in America” that continues through the end of the year.