CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Obama’s Path to Re-election

March 25, 2011 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

Despite record-setting losses suffered by Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections, President Obama still has the edge — if only by default — to be re-elected, says New York Times columnist, Gail Collins. “All of our presumptions about how well Barack Obama will do in the 2012 election are based on the incredibly awful Republican candidates that appear to be out there ready to run against him.” Collins was joined by Mike Allen, chief political correspondent for Politico, in a discussion at the Graduate Center hosted by Peter Beinart, associate professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and senior political writer for The Daily Beast, that examined the likely field of Republican candidates and what a second Obama term might mean for the nation.
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Beyond the High Line

January 24, 2011 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

New York City’s High Line is much more than a magnificent public park built on a defunct, elevated railway. “The point of the High Line…is that it’s invitation to further action,” says Malcom Gladwell, staff writer for “The New Yorker” and best-selling author. “It’s a big, splashy symbol of all kinds of things that can be done in an urban environment.” As part of the Great Issues Forum at the Graduate Center, Gladwell, along with Jerilyn Perine, executive director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, and Robert Hammond, co-founder of the Friends of the High Line, discussed the topic, “The New York High Line: Is It a Model for the City or Not?” moderated by John Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Research. To think of the High Line as a single, one-time creation “is to lose the value of it,” says Gladwell, “It’s a demonstration, to all of us, of what could be accomplished.”
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Amanpour: As Journalists, Aim to Serve

January 10, 2011 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Lecture Series

Christiane Amanpour challenged the 2010 class of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism to adhere to the highest professional standards in her keynote address at the fourth commencement on December 15. “When you are good journalists and take the responsibilities of your craft on your shoulders, use it, not as a way to play gotcha, but in the furtherance of civil societies and global understanding,” said Amanpour, current anchor of ABC’s “This Week” and former chief international correspondent for CNN. Recalling her friend, the late American diplomat Richard C. Holbrooke, Amanpour urged graduates to follow his example as a tireless public servant in pursuit of world peace. “You too will play a role in our societies and you too will play a role — like Richard Holbrooke — in an endeavor that we are all together bound.”
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Ken Auletta on the Content Conundrum

November 24, 2010 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Lecture Series

Newspapers and Google want the same thing: making good content available to as many people as they can, says Ken Auletta, author of “Googled: The End of the World As We know It.” But neither one has figured out who will cover the cost to make it happen. “Google wants to get professional content without paying for it, and professional content people want to put their professional content up and get paid for it — and that will result in more negotiations.” Auletta, a media columnist for The New Yorker magazine since 1992, and Jessica Vascellaro of the Wall Street Journal’s Media & Marketing Bureau, discussed the rise of technology companies and the shrinking of the newspaper industry, at an event sponsored by the New York Press Club at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
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Digital vs. Print: New York Magazine’s Adam Moss

October 7, 2010 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Lecture Series

New York magazine’s print edition still has the edge over its Web site, nymag.com, in generating revenue, but its editor, Adam Moss, says that will change in a few years. “That’s not to say we’re giving up on print,” says Moss in a conversation with Stephen Shepard, founding dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. “We love print, but it seems like the print part will be a flagship of the brand — the economic power of the business will come from the digital side.” Moss, who previously was editor of the New York Times Magazine, answered questions and mused about the future of journalism in the ever-evolving media landscape.
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Huffington to Grads: Speak Tweets To Power

February 1, 2010 | City College, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Lecture Series

Addressing the 2009 graduating class of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on Dec. 16, Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, said that journalism today is as exciting and challenging now as it ever was. “Ultimately, the heart of journalism, and what I love about it, is speaking truth to power–whether it’s in print, on video, via Twitter or Facebook,” said Huffington, adding that regardless of the platform, the responsibility remains the same. “The truth about human nature–that power corrupts–and that absolute power corrupts absolutely, is as true now as it was in the time of Nero.” Huffington, also defended what some feel is a dying profession. “It’s an amazing moment. One that combines eternal traditions with all that is new and you are in a unique position to help transform it.”
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Financial Journalism Under Fire

April 30, 2009 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Lecture Series

Was the financial press asleep at the switch as the biggest business story since the Great Depression unfolded? In “Financial Journalism Under Fire: Did We Do Our Jobs?” a panel discussion sponsored by the New York Financial Writers Association, four journalists tried to answer that question. “I think the media didn’t do a very good job, for a very interesting reason — lack of knowledge,” said Jon Friedman, columnist for MarketWatch.com. He was joined by Erin Arvedlund, the first reporter to question Bernard Madoff’s business strategies in a 2001 Barron’s article; CNN stock market correspondent Susan Lisovicz, and Dean Starkman, managing editor of The Audit. Former CNN financial editor Myron Kandel moderated the discussion at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
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Soros: Saving Green with Green Investments

December 4, 2008 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Lecture Series

Investing in green technologies will lead to a stronger economy, says billionaire financier George Soros. “The development of alternative sources of energy is where I see the way out of the global recession or depression,” Soros said at the forum “Beyond the Crisis: The Future of the Global Economy,” at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Also participating: Lawrence Summers, past president of Harvard University; former Nobel Laureate Robert Merton; Thomas Stewart, former editor-in-chief of the Harvard Business Review, and Peter Thiel, president of Clarium Capital Management.
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