James Heintze, a librarian emeritus at American University and an expert on the history of July 4, was quoted in an Associated Press story about educating children on the history of Independence Day. Heintze suggested that children send e-cards containing July Fourth facts to family members and begin keeping a journal of how they celebrate the holiday each year. Heintze is author of The Fourth of July Encyclopedia and an extensive database chronicling the history of America's birthday. This story was picked up by more than 15 news outlets, including MSNBC.com, the Charlotte Observer, and the El Paso Times. (6/24/09)
In an influential journalism trade publication's Web site, our professor discussed the launch of a new, nonprofit investigative news collaboration.
Good News for Future of Investigative Journalism
Charles Lewis, executive editor of AU's Investigative Reporting Workshop, discussed the decision to create the Investigative News Network - a new collaboration of a consortium of nonprofit news publishers - in a story on Columbia Journalism Review's Web site. Lewis, a member of the network's steering committee, said that the network is a way to maximize information and distribute it in the furthest possible way. "We all started joking that we were using the word historic too much, but this is historic. It’s unprecedented," said Lewis. The story was also picked up by Jim Romanesko's Poynter.org column.
Faculty & Quotes
And in other news, AU's community contributed to the national discussion on politics, global and other issues:
Going in Reverse
Stephen Vladeck, professor of constitutional law, participated in a washingtonpost.com discussion about the Supreme Court reversal of a court ruling endorsed by Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor. “The whole case is actually a bit more technical than one would think based on the media coverage,” he wrote. “The real problem is that the case presents an internal conflict within Title VII -- the federal law prohibiting various forms of workplace discrimination.” (6/29/09)
Space Travel on a Budget
Howard McCurdy, a professor of public policy, was quoted in an Associated Press story about a NASA budgeting strategy that could call for a cost-effective rocket for space travel. Based on the cheaper alternative’s smaller price tag and dated model, McCurdy suggested that NASA officials are concerned that “there won’t be enough money for the Cadillac version.” This story was picked up by more than 40 news outlets, including BusinessWeek, USA Today and the Washington Post. (6/30/09)
Robert Pastor, a professor of international relations, appeared in a Voice of America television news segment about the military deposing of Honduran president Manual Zelaya. “President Zelaya did not implement the injunction of the Supreme Court,” he said. “But, the military also exercised extra-constitutional responsibilities by deposing him and putting him on a plane to Costa Rica. The (Honduran) constitution was clearly not fully enforced and (was) also violated in some ways. It’s an unusual case.”(6/29/09)