Haberman Keynotes CUNY Journalism Conference
A colloquy between Clyde Haberman, the CCNY graduate who writes for the New York Times' "NYC" column, and Anthony Mancini, director of the journalism program at Brooklyn College, was the keynote event of "War Stories: Journalism, Media and Covering the Big City," a day-long conference held in CUNY's Graduate Center.
The University is in the process of establishing a new School of Journalism with a special emphasis on urban studies. "Capitalizing on the great depth of expertise in that field already existing throughout the University, as CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein said. Almost half of the students who responded to a survey at the conference expressed a strong interest in pursuing a master's degree in journalism.
The survey hinted at the diversity that the new journalism school might exhibit: In response to a question about fluency in languages other than English, students listed Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, German, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Creole, Croatian, Greek, Hebrew, Polish, Serbian, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Urhobo, Vietnamese and Yoruban.
Panels at the conference included It's Wrap, featuring Warren Lustig, a 60 Minutes II producer at CBS; Crime in the Suites, about financial scandals covered by Wall Street Journal writer Charles Gasparino; Who Does Write Those Headlines? a look at copy editing presented by the New York Times, and Get the Picture, with New York Daily News photographer Susan Watts.
Others addressed design in print and electronic media, strategies for finding work in a changing media market, covering immigration in the wake of the 9/11 attack, and the future of campus web radio.