• Les Payne: Journalism’s Role in Democracy

    June 12, 2012 | CUNY Lecture Series, Issues in Journalism, LaGuardia Community College

    In the early 1970s, as the number of heroin addicts in New York City started to explode, the Long Island newspaper Newsday sent a team of investigative reporters to find the source of the scourge. “That’s how journalism works,” says Les Payne, about his work on “The Heroin Trail,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning series that uncovered an international ring of heroin smugglers. You find a problem, see no quick answers, so you begin to investigate, says Payne, who wrote a column for Newsday until retiring in 2008. Payne spoke with students at LaGuardia Community College about the invaluable role that investigative reporting plays in a healthy democracy.

  • Election Perspectives 2012

    May 8, 2012 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center, Issues in Journalism

    “An embarrassment and an affront to the American people,” is how Time political correspondent Joe Klein describes the field of Republican candidates in the 2012 presidential primary race. Longtime Washington and New York journalist and author of the novel Primary Colors, Klein joined Ben Smith of Politico and Peter Beinart of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism to discuss perspectives on the 2012 election.

  • Dan Barry’s ‘This Land’ Story

    March 12, 2012 | CUNY Lecture Series, Hunter College, Issues in Journalism

    For New York Times columnist Dan Barry, it was the confluence of two critical events — a personal battle with cancer, followed by the heartbreak of 9/11 — that changed him both personally and professionally. “I came to understand, more acutely, the preciousness of life, not only as a person but as a reporter,” Barry said to audience at Hunter College as part of the Tina Santi Flaherty Irish Voices Literary Series. “I also found myself less interested in investigative journalism and more interested in bearing witness.” Barry recalled the impact of his Irish-American, working class roots and how writing the “This Land” column has given him the opportunity to “seek out the small moments that reveal the larger truths.”

  • Tom Brokaw Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

    May 23, 2008 | Issues in Journalism

    Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw has been a journalist for more than forty years. For his decades of service, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism presented Mr. Brokaw with their Lifetime Achievement Award. During the school’s first Excellence in Journalism Awards ceremony, Mr. Brokaw discusses his experiences, convergence in the newsroom and the fundamental skills needed to be a successful reporter.
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  • Craig Newmark

    May 23, 2008 | Issues in Journalism

    In thirteen years, Craig Newmark has built Craigslist.org into an Internet powerhouse that has helped millions of people find apartments, jobs, even dates. The newspaper classified advertising business will never be the same. Hear what he had to say to CUNY J-school students about his Web site, the media, and his unorthodox business philosophy.
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  • The Revolution Will Be Blogged

    November 28, 2006 | Issues in Journalism

    Blogger, professor and former chair of the NYU Department of Journalism, Jay Rosen has long been an advocate of the civic journalism movement. While bloggers hadn’t eliminated the need for journalists, they had changed journalism forever. Rosen discusses the cultural shift toward “open-source” culture and participatory journalism.
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  • The Haitian Times Are A-Changing

    November 28, 2006 | Issues in Journalism

    Gary Pierre-Pierre became a journalist to write “the first draft of history.” Mr. Pierre made history himself when he decided to take a tremendous risk by leaving the New York Times in order to launch The Haitian Times in 1999. The venture succeeded despite the tumultuous environment for print media in large part because The Haitian Times was one of the few media outlets to meet the needs of a rapidly transforming community.

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  • To Errr, Oops, Err is Human

    November 27, 2006 | Issues in Journalism

    Noted author, journalist, and managing editor of The New York Times, Craig R. Whitney knows that reporters sometimes get it wrong. From simple corrections to ethical gray areas, Mr. Whitney discusses professional standards and how journalists and editorial staffs do everything they can to get it right.

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  • Mohamad Bazzi

    November 27, 2006 | Issues in Journalism

    From the neighborhoods of Queens to the streets of his native Beirut, Muhammad Bazzi has reported in times of war and peace. Recently back in New York from covering the Israel-Hezbollah conflict, the award-winning Bazzi hosted a workshop for those interested in the craft of journalism.
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  • War

    November 21, 2006 | Issues in Journalism

    “Wars are not the same,” says Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sydney Schanberg, but regardless of the differences in history and geography, the challenges for war correspondents remain unchanged. In this edition of Issues In Journalism, Schanberg and three other journalists, covering wars in Cambodia, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, discuss the struggle for reporters to uncover the culture and politics behind each conflict, in spite of government interference, language barriers and the life-threatening risks.

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