Predictions of Job Growth by Spring

When the recession hit in December 2007, 7.5 millions Americans were unemployed and the jobless rate stood at 4.9 percent, states Joseph Berge in the NY Times article Summers Predicts Job Growth by Spring.

Lawrence H. Summers, President Obama’s top economic advisor, stated that he believes that the unemployment rate will be at its lowest by the spring.

Mr. Summers said that “everyone aggress the recession is over.”

It is noted in the article that the President plans to spend $50 billion on “repairing the nation’s infrastructure.”

 This article is a positive note not just upcoming graduates, as myself, but for the country in general.

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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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Disability Support Services: A great resource at SBU

Krystan Lenhart, a senior psychology and political science student, had a rough semester this fall. Born with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that permanently affects body movements and muscle coordination, Lenhart was able to control her disabilities for years through medication. Unfortunately, this past summer her condition drastically took a turn for the worse. Her body, not responding to the medication, started having a series of episodes where her muscles stretched painfully, leaving her momentarily incapacitated.  Due to this she couldn’t walk anymore and started moving around in a wheelchair, at least until her situation can be corrected. Continue reading

Stony Brook Study Abroad Office

For many students at Stony Brook University, studying abroad is something they don’t know much about. For Journalism student April Warren, participating in the China Silk Road study abroad program last summer was one of the most rewarding experiences of her academic career.

“I took out of it a greater sense of adventure and quest for knowledge,” said Warren. “I was constantly asking our guides random questions and just always wanting to know more.”

Warren’s trip took her from Beijing to the West of China and back again. At the end of 10 days, the group had traveled the distance of New York to Denver, Colorado. Along the way, the Stony Brook University students and Chinese students studying alongside them discussed their cultural differences, Warren said.

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Staying Strong Through the Recession

While other small businesses are struggling due to the economy, Dancin’ Queens Dance Studio is growing. Dancin’ Queens has a steady increase even though the recession has hit hard.

Jacqueline Szucs has been dancing since she was 2 ½ years old and has carried it into her High School and college years. In July of 2002, Szucs decided to open up Dancin’ Queens for business. Dancin’ Queens is a privately owned Dance Studio that now employs 14 staff members.

“I am extremely proud of myself and the way the business has been running. I opened up the Dance Studio when I was only 23 years old,” stated Szucs.

Before opening the studio, Szucs worked in the corporate world and it was then she figured out she wanted to work for herself.

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SBU Hilton Hotel: To build or not to build?

Last Friday I attended a debate between Stony Brook University Vice President for Facilities & Services Barbara Chernow and Professor Malcolm Bowman of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at the SAC’s Auditorium. The issue at hand? Whether if it was right to proceed with the construction of a five story, 135 room Hilton hotel right at SBU’s Main Entrance. Continue reading

More layoffs

The Toronto Star employs 1,300 staff across all divisions and reported that 166 employees will take “severance packages at the country’s largest circulation daily newspaper.”

 It was reported in the Toronto Star article on Dec. 9, 2009 that those employees have 90 days left at the company.

 “The cuts come as the newspaper’s parent company, Torstar Corp., moves ahead with what it says will likely be the biggest restructuring in the Toronto Star’s history.”

It seems that position cuts are becoming more and more popular these days.

 Check this out. It is a video that was shown in the journalism program. Kind of blows your mind.

Paying for News Online

Axel Springer, the founder of the German newspaper publishing business that publishes the biggest daily in Europe says he wants publishers to get paid for their work on the Internet, even that almost everyone assumes that online news should be free.

            “A highly industrialized world cannot survive on rumors. It needs quality journalism, and that costs money,” said Springer.

            Yet, Springer is not the only one who is looking to make money off the Internet, Robert Murdoch, the chief executive of News Corp., has been saying that he plans to “erect so-called pay walls for his company’s newspaper Web sites.”

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Dangerous Zones for Journalists

In New York Time’s article For Novice Journalists, Rising Risks in Conflict Zones demonstrates the dangers of inexperienced journalists going out for stories in dangerous war zones. The article uses the example of Amanda Lindhout who dreamed of becoming a journalist. Lindhout wrote for her hometown newspaper in Alberta, freelanced from Iraq for Press TV and produced reports for cable news channel in France. She did not have any formal journalistic training, according to Ian Austen of the NY Times.

Lindhout decided that she would save up her money and go with her friend, Nigel Brennan, to Somalia to report for France 24, a news channel owned by the French government. The two were captured and tortured and finally released by Somali Kidnappers for a payment of $600,000, raised by family and friends, after 15 months.

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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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