Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Upcoming Event!

The next SPJ event will be held Monday evening, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in Textor Hall, room 103 and is a campus-wide event so invite all of your friends to come and join you! (*Please note the change in location!)

SPJ welcomes Robert Freeman to Ithaca College. Mr. Freeman spent more than 30 years as executive director to the Committee on Open Government in New York state. Some call him the "face of access to public records" and he has done work in the United States, Canada, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Far East. His speech will be a great opportunity for students so be sure to attend!


Sunday, October 12, 2008

No Meeting Tomorrow

Just to let everyone know there will be no SPJ meeting tomorrow, Monday, October 13th.

I hope everyone enjoyed Journalism Week and thank you to everyone who participated!

Have a good fall break!


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Final Event!

I hope everyone has been able to take advantage of and enjoy the programs SPJ hosted throughout its first ever Journalism Week. Just a reminder to everyone that tomorrow will be the final event! Tomorrow SPJ will host a barbecue 12-3 p.m. in Emerson B. Remember to bring the cards your received throughout the week to get into the event! Hope to see everyone there!


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

"Building Online Communities: Making Journalism a Two-Way Conversation"

Journalism Week continued today first with a lunch with Jeff Selingo, an Ithaca College graduate from 1995 who is currently the editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education. The discussion was titled "From Classroom to Career: Thoughts on the Future of Journalism Education" and he spoke with students about how he advanced through his career following his education here at Ithaca College.

Then this evening Vanessa Schneider, Ithaca alumnus from 2007, along with Wes Siler shared with students how they got to where they are today in their early careers as journalists. Both Schneider and Siler have print backgrounds and are both now working in online journalism. Schneider currently works as a content moderator for the New York Times online and Siler is the Road Test Editor for Jalopnik.com as well as the editor and co-founder of Hell For Leather Magazine online. It was encouraging to hear the amazing accomplishments of these two young journalists.

Thanks to Selingo, Schneider and Siler!

Don't forget to attend lunch tomorrow with Dianne Lynch, Dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications for a discussion on the Future of American Journalism in Park 220 from noon to 1.


Monday, October 6, 2008

Internation Journalism Kicks off Journalism Week

"International Journalism: Reporting Across Borders" was the topic for the opening event of the first ever Journalism Week here at Ithaca College. Tonight Dr. Matt Mogekwu, associate professor and Chair of the Journalism Department, and Vadim Isakov, a Scholar-in-Residence, shared their first hand experience and knowledge to the Ithaca community about reporting over seas with a focus on Nigeria and Uzbekistan.

Dr. Mogekwu has taught at universities in Nigeria, South Africa, Sierra Leone, and Swaziland. He has also taught at Bowie State University in Maryland before he came to Ithaca College.

Isakov worked for the Agence France Press in his home country of Uzbekistan and has also worked for the United States Agency for International Development, The Herald Sun, as well as The Daily Tar Heel in North Carolina.

Mogekwu and Isakov shared the difficulties that journalists face while reporting in foreign countries in relation to the freedoms that journalists in the United States may take for granted. It was a great experience to hear stories of Mogekwu and Isakov's journalism careers over seas and learn about the challenges journalists face in terms of the ability to get information and the ability to write the truth without facing consequences.

Thanks to both Mogekwu and Isakov for taking the time to come share a little bit about international journalism with us!

Don't forget to attend a brown bag lunch tomorrow with Jeffrey Selingo, editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education, at 12:15 p.m. in Park 220. Then there will be a presentation entitled "Building Online Communities: Making Journalism a Two-Way Conversation" with Vanessa Schneider '07 and Wes Siler Tuesday evening.


Friday, October 3, 2008

Journalism Week

Next week Ithaca College will host its first ever Journalism Week in the Park School of Communications. It is a great opportunity to meet experts in the field of journalism and expand your knowledge. The first event will be held Monday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Park 220. Dr. Matt Mogekwu, Chair of the Journalism Department, and Vadim Isakov, Scholar-In-Residence from Uzbekistan will give a presentation entitled "International Journalism: Reporting Across Borders." This event is open to the campus community so make sure to friend your friends along.

Then don't forget to attend a brown bag lunch with Jeffrey Selingo '95, Editor of The Chronicle of Higher Eduction Tuesday, October 7 at 12:15 p.m. in Park 220. *This event is for SPJ members only.

Following the lunch at 7:30 p.m. in Park 220 Vanessa Schneider '07, content moderator at The New York Times and Wes Siler, an editor at Jalopnik.com will give a presentation entitled Building Online Communities: Making Journalism a Two-Way Conversation.

Hope to see everyone next week!