New York Wall Street Journal Comes at an Awkward Time for New York Times


So, it seems that New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller has fallen short of his goal of clipping 100 newsroom jobs off the payroll this year. According to the New York Post, it seems as though only 50 unionized newsroom employees agreed to take buyouts so far. Last Monday, Times executives were forced to make the choice for the remaining lot who had yet to make a decision before the deadline.

In addition, according to the New York Observer, the Times staff plans on cutting an estimated 70 of its blogs from the homepage.

Cue Rupert Murdoch, the quintessential media boogeyman who always seems to be lurking behind every corner of the news industry. This April, the News Corp. giant plans to launch a New York City edition of his Wall Street Journal headed by John Seeley, a former editor of the New York Sun. The $15 million price tag will go towards the creation of a sparkling new newsroom and marketing staff.

With the new staff covering a range of topics from local politics to culture and sports, things could soon get heated between the Wall Street Journal and the Times.

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Stony Brook University Runners Holly and Lucy van Dalen

New Zealand runners Holly and Lucy van Dalen have spent the past two years at Stony Brook University making history for a young Division I athletics program. With a series of school records and America East Conference titles to their credit, they are now entering a new phase of training that they hope will propel them to the medal stand at the NCAA Championships before they graduate.

Here is a link to my final project, which I chose to do on these Stony Brook standouts.

Scarborough Study: Papers Holding Onto Readers


Cheer up, fellow journalists! Newspaper companies may actually be holding onto their audiences with the romantic lure of their bulky ink-stained bundles of joy after all.

A recent Scarborough Research study found that an average of 74 percent of adults in the United States read a newspaper at some point in the past week, while 10 percent more college grads and/or those racking up six figure incomes did the same.

Oh, boy. Put down that Kleenex.

That odd sun-splotched patch of optimism we’ve so desperately needed in the bleak desert of the chronic bad news that is the media industry has finally arrived!

I think.



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News Signs in Javits Lecture Center

I was walking out of a peculiar journalism lecture last Friday afternoon (during which what I assumed to be a pledging frat boy interrupted class with an obscene exclamation and ran out followed by a friend with a video camera) when I noticed something perhaps equally strange inside Javits.

A sign. Finally, we students will be able to leave our lectures without having to scuttle around like mice in a maze in a disoriented, post-lecture daze frantically trying to relocate the door through which we entered the building.

My friend’s response: “How dumb can people be that they need a sign?”

My verbal answer: “I know, right?”

My mental answer: “Well, sometimes me.”

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Stony Brook University Wellness Exposition

Laura and I attended the Stony Brook University Wellness Exposition in spacious Ballroom A of the Student Activities Center on Wednesday, November 11. The event featured a colorful assortment of healthcare vendors and presenters, including counselors, peer educators, hospital volunteers, nutritionists, fitness experts and even a pair of ballroom dancers who showed off their products and skills in order to spread awareness about their services, many of which students may not be aware.

Did you know, for example, that part of the Stony Brook Student Health Fee covers free mental health and nutritional counseling?

Neither did we.

Here is a video of our experience:

Stony Brook Music Department Web Site’s New Look


So, it seems that the Stony Brook music department Web site has finally made it to the twenty-first century. Nice.

I’d say it’s about time.

Alright, maybe it’s a little lame that I’m getting legitimately excited about this, but to me, a self-proclaimed music nerd, this is really quite refreshing. Since JRN 210 last spring, I’ve been sort of haphazardly covering the music department and naturally, that includes regularly sifting through event listings on the department Web site in order to set up a coordinated coverage schedule.

Perhaps the changes aren’t as visually drastic as my enthusiasm might suggest…the Web site, for example, still features the same boring peach background, the same boring header (“Sounds for all Seasons”) and the same two column split on the homepage.

However, slowly but surely, signs of a gradual evolution are emerging.

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Thrillist Junket Kills Albo’s “Times” Column



Not too long ago, I read a post about a recent Thrillist/JetBlue-sponsored Jamaican getaway for “press people” that not only involved free airfare and lodging at a luxury hotel, (hot tub and personal butler included) but a heaping ton of valid ethical questions, as well.

Now that the F.C.C. is proposing a law that well-known bloggers disclose freebies to preserve the ideal of transparency on the Web, some are asking whether established mainstream media outlets should be required by law to follow their example.

For those of you who are hell-bent on going medieval on every allegedly ‘independent’ reporter and publisher who spent last weekend in a Jägar-scented pile of free tee-shirts and drunk co-workers, this ought to be a treat.

Now, it seems that someone from the glorified ‘big media’ sector has actually suffered the consequences of participating in the latest Thrillist junket. The victim: New York Times columnist Mike Albo.

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Five Best Ways to Relieve Stress During Exam Weeks


Stony Brook students are stressed.

I’m barely even speculating—it’s completely observable.

You can just kind of see it in people’s faces these days. It lingers like an awkward dream, poorly hidden behind the terrified glances and colorless expressions of confusion and moderate panic that characterize heavy midterm weeks like a holiday tradition.

People, in short, look ‘stressed out.’

I like to call it “finals face.”

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Northwestern University v. the Meaning of Journalism

So, the whole shield law debate is re-donning the executioner’s mask and emerging to torture student journalists again.


You can almost hear a collective sigh of annoyance seeping out of student journalists nationwide on this one.

It’s amazing to me that issues like this haven’t been sorted out in our favor yet. I mean, every now and then I guess you have the rare Hazelwood case, but the latest clash between the Cook County prosecutors and the Northwestern University School of Journalism really kind of makes me want to throw my computer into heavy traffic.

As the New York Times reported on Sunday, the Medill Innocence Project of Northwestern University, through which journalism students have been reexamining the outcomes and proceedings of questionable court cases, is now under attack by Cook County courts.

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Stony Brook News Literacy Program is Branching Out

I emerged from the final lecture of News Literacy in the spring of 2008 happily armed with a shiny red slogan button, complimentary ice cream sandwich (much appreciated) and an overwhelming sense of relief (three to four written assignments per week had not exactly been my idea of a fun time).

Aside from the broad sense of accomplishment I felt at the thought of finally evacuating the bottom-tier social rung occupied by lowly freshmen, I’ll admit that I had picked up a little something else, as well…yes, with my newfound ability to scrutinize and evaluate the credibility of everything that even resembled hard news, I would eventually rule the world—or, at the very least, boost my ability to pass a news quiz.

To provide you with some insight, here’s a quick rundown of the program courtesy of Dean Howard Schneider:

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