Professor Holds Backpack Journalism Workshop at NBC
Professor Bill Gentile held a Backpack Journalism workshop in March at the NBC News bureau in Washington, D.C. Learn More
Romenesko Highlights Professor's Blog on Media-Driven Myths
Professor W. Joseph Campbell's blog, Media Myth Alert, calls attention to the appearance and publication of media-driven myths. Campbell's forthcoming book, Getting It Wrong, also addresses and examines well-known stories that have become tales exemplary of media exaggeration. Recently, the author of the "MediaNews" site, Romenesko, who is also of fan of the professor's blog, has linked to several of Professor Campbell's blog posts, including the myth of the Washington Post and Watergate.
Student's flash project receives over 300,000 hits
Journalism grad student LaToya Egwuekwe created a flash project that shows the progression of the unemployment situation (by county) from Jan. '07 to Oct. '09. It's received over 300,000 hits between its URL and YouTube. Dozens of newspapers, tv stations and blogs have covered and/or linked to it. Egwueke recently did an interview on CNN's Your $$$ talking about the project. Read More
Prof's New Book Analyzes How Journalism Is Practiced
Professor Bill Gentile was invited to speak about backpack journalism at the Harvard Club in New York City. He also screened his recent film, “Afghanistan: The Forgotten War,” which was broadcast on PBS last year. Gentile took questions from the crowd of strictly Harvard graduates and special guests after his presentation. Read Bill Gentile’s blog or visit his website.
A Look at Race in Adoption Preferences
In her opinion piece for The Root, journalism professor Angie Chuang discussed race issues in adoption following growing interest in adopting Haitian orphans.. "The deep racial politics of adoption are mired in centuries of colonialism, as well as white paternalism over domestic minority groups and developing countries," she wrote. Read more
Professor Bill Gentile talks about backpack journalism.
Professor Interviewed for Pulitzer Center's Project: Report
YouTube teamed up with the Pulitzer Center to sponsor a series of videos, made possible by Sony and Intel, called Project: Report, which provides tips for those interested in journalism. For the first installment of the series, SOC's Professor William Gentile gave an interview where he discussed backpack journalism and what people who take part in it should bring to the field. Professor Gentile held a Backpack Journalism workshop in March at the NBC News bureau in Washington, D.C. Learn More
Prof Published in CommonDreams.org
A piece by Frank Smyth, an adjunct professor at SOC, was published at CommonDreams.org, a website dedicated to Internet activism. Smyth's work addresses the 20th anniversaries of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the murder of El Salvador's Jesuit university priests.
Smyth, who covered El Salvador for CBS News Radio, The Village Voice, The Economist and other outlets, is co-author of Dialogue and Armed Conflict: Negotiating the Civil War in El Salvador.
Faculty Expert Quoted in New York Times
Professor John C. Watson was quoted in a New York Timesarticle about the ethical issues behind API's partnership with Newsweek.
Students Produce Professional Work in Advanced Reporting
Undergraduate students in prof. Jane Hall's Advanced Reporting class researched and developed a chosen beat involving a federal agency. For their final article, they covered a multifaceted issue, including the treatment of war veterans, proposed regulation of nutritional supplements, arts education and the proposed "arts czar," the future of solar energy in the current economy and other important topics.
Read Traci Brooks' article on the "arts czar" under the Obama administration and Alysse Wolice's story about the impact of recent war veterans not seeking mental counseling out of fears that record of their treatement would hurt their ability to get jobs.
Student Earns Byline in the Washington Post
SOC senior Jewel Edwards, an intern at the Washington Post online publication The Root, earned a byline for "Green Collar Heroes" a story about community members advancing the green movement in innovative ways.
Gentile's Piece Nominated for an Emmy Award.
Bill Gentile's documentary Afghanistan: The Forgotten War has been nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award in the Outstanding Continuous Coverage of a Major News Story category. Bill Gentile’s film Nurses Needed was also submitted for consideration for an Emmy by PBS and was named the most popular show airing on the PBS program NOW in 2008. Genile is also getting a lot of media attention, including a profile in Quill and an article in Variety.
Broadcast Students Produce Podcast
SOC broadcast students in professor Rick Rockwell's class produce a podcast called "Zero Degrees" which focuses on national and international issues. The podcast has successfully reached hundreds of listeners on four continents in at least a dozen countries outside the U.S. It is distributed via iTunes, under 0° and on the Web. Read the "Zero Degrees" blog or Listen to the podcast.
Professor Carolyn Brown
Prof's Article Published in Journal
Prof. Carolyn Brown's article "Immigration in the News" was chosen as the lead in an edition of Flow, an online journal of Television and Media Studies out of the University of Texas, Austin. The article grew out of Brown's current research on Spanish language and Bilingual media.
Student Analyzes Latin American News in Podcast
In the scope of his independent study, senior Dan Aspan, has been creating a weekly five minute summary podcast of Latin American news. Listen to the podcast.
Student Presents Honors Capstone Project at Conference
Elizabeth Royall presented her research into news coverage and reconstruction of Afghanistan at the 23rd National Conference on Undergraduate Research in LaCrosse, WI. Her research is drawn from her honors capstone project, which she completed under the supervision of Joseph Campell. Elizabeth was also one of five recipients of the AU Honors Scholars Award.
Students Document Inauguration for NPR and CBSnews
NPR and CBSnews teamed with prof David Johnson and his Digital Skills for Reporters class to capture individual stories, photos and video for aggregation on inaugurationreport.com
Prof Pens for Poyter Blog
Prof. Angie Chuang is now a regualr contributor to Poynter's Diversity at Work blog, which focuses on new ways to encourage journalistic storytelling from different perspectives.
Student named "Intern of the Week" Journalism student Laura Petti was named "Intern of the Week" at FOX Business Network's DC Bureau. Check out her blog with work from her TV Field Reporting and Broadcast Journalism II classes. Read more
Investigative Reporting Workshop Reports Generate National News
Investigative news produced or coproduced by the Investigative Reporting Workshop in the School of Communication prompted coverage by two national news outlets.
ABC World News Tonight aired a television news segment based on "Blown Away," the Workshop's report tracking stimulus dollars that are supposed to create green jobs in the United States. The segment placed the Workshop at the forefront of a national debate focused on exactly where the stimulus dollars are going—according to the report, 80 percent to foreign wind turbine manufacturers—and whether it will mean jobs for Americans.
A new partnership between the Workshop and PBS's Frontline came to fruition with "Flying Cheap," an hour-long television report exposing surprising truths about the regional airline industry. The report dug deep into the history of regional airlines and the details leading up to the harrowing 2009 crash of regional flight Continental Air 3407. Three AU students assisted with research for "Flying Cheap," which netted 20 percent more viewers nationwide than Frontline’s average. American University and the University of California at Berkeley are the only two universities to partner with Frontline.