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American Advertising Federation Hosts ‘Most Promising Minority Students’

This year’s talented group consists of 50 university students from across the country. They have been deemed the best and brightest minority students by the American Advertising Federation and are in town at the Roosevelt Hotel for a full slate of activities.

On Thursday for example, students will participate in on-site “Industry Immersion ” sessions at CNN, McCann Worldgroup and IPG. Bracketed around an IPG luncheon session titled “Speed Mentoring: Multicultural Perspective on Agency Careers.”

Among this year’s AAF program participants is Janet Rodriguez, a senior marketing communication major at Chicago’s Columbia College. She will be giving a presentation about how there can be more accurate representation of Hispanics in advertising, and before heading to New York, told her student newspaper The Chronicle she’s thrilled to be afforded this opportunity:

Rodriguez said she noticed in her previous internships that there was a lack of diversity in the marketing field and she believes the Most Promising Minority program will allow her to address that issue…

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The Epic Columbia J-School Listserve Fail

Screen shot 2014-01-10 at 4.08.07 PMThree years ago, Bridgestone Tires reminded us in a Super Bowl commercial how the reply-all email option can lead to catastrophe.

But for hundreds of editors around the country on Friday, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism took it to a new level of vexation.

At 2:02 p.m., the college emailed a listserve of editors inviting them to register for the school’s career expo, where publications pay $125 for a booth to recruit young talent ahead of graduation.

Over the next hour, chaos ensued.

Thanks to a glitch in the Columbia email program, every response requesting removal from the list sent to the initial email was forwarded to everyone on the listserve. Phones throbbed with the buzzing of droves of “please remove me” emails.

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Former Governor Urges Ailes Apprentices to ‘Bring No Ideology’ to Their Work

L. Douglas Wilder, who served as Governor of Virginia from 1990-1994 and mayor of Richmond from 2005-2009, was recently in New York City to address a class of Ailes Apprentice Program students. And thanks to the good folks at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, there is a full transcript of his inspiring remarks.


On the cusp of his 83rd birthday, Wilder – the first African-American to be elected governor of a U.S. state post-Reconstruction – set the bar high. In fact, one of his pieces of advice would seem to go against the grain of the very network presided over by apprenticeship program patron Roger Ailes:

“First and foremost, bring no ideology to your work. Bring a magnifying glass and a flashlight, but do not bring an agenda. You must let events sit tall in the saddle — cracking the whip, wearing the spurs — and remember that you are along only for the ride.”

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Student’s ‘Most NYU Thing Ever’ Rings Doubly True

Hannah Orenstein, an editorial intern at ELLE magazine and journalism-English student at NYU (Class of 2015), has shared a fun list on NYU Local titled “The 20 Most NYU Things Ever.” FishbowlNY’s favorite entries include #19, the Free Hugs Guy who hangs out in Washington Square, and #11, Slam Poetry, an art form that currently counts NYU as its leading collegiate practitioner.

At the very top of Orenstein’s list is a reference to just how damn expensive NYU has become. That in itself might not be noteworthy. But it takes on special, added meaning when you consider these two tweets from today:



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Pair of Emerson Journalism Profs Less Than Thrilled with Ron Burgundy ‘Publicity Stunt’

For weeks now, the feeling around FishbowlNY HQ has been that Ron Burgundy should no longer be known as Anchorman. Rather, a more accurate moniker this fall-winter would be Shameless Pitchman.

Paramount Pictures has been completely overdoing the RB-placement thing. While some of Burgundy’s appearances have been cute and a few of those dozens of Dodge Durango commercials were chuckle-worthy, the novelty has largely worn off as RB pops up in a new PR location seemingly every weekday.

EmersonCollegeLogoThat’s why we were taken by the words of two journalism professors at Emerson College, whose august Communication wing has been renamed today in promotional honor of the mustachioed buffoon. From the Boston Globe partnered report by John King, posted by Nicole Leonard:

“I was opposed to it from the start,” says Assistant Professor of Journalism Mark Leccese. “I don’t see what the college gets out of it, other than having its name in the media for a day. I don’t see this Hollywood publicity stunt [enhancing] the reputation of Emerson’s School of Communication.”

Leccese’s discomfort was echoed by journalism professor Emmanuel Paraschos.

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NYU Journalism Students, Faculty Mourn End of Condé Nast Internship Program

In our post last week about all the big changes at Racked, one of the people we mentioned was Laura Gurfein. The former Racked intern has moved up to regular freelancer. As she completes her final semester at NYU, she is also now interning for Elle.

conde_x200So who better than Gurfein to update us on  the impact at NYU of Condé Nast’s recent decision to end its storied internship program. There has been a lot of ink devoted to the legal motivations for the decision, but not so much about how it affects innocent J-school bystanders:

“This is a huge disappointment [for our students]“, said Meryl Gordon, the director of the magazine writing program for graduate students at New York University’s journalism school. She estimated that approximately 50 graduate journalism students intern with Condé Nast each year. “And I also think it’s a loss to Condé Nast, because they’re able to get the first crack at some of our most talented students.”

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Cornell University EIC Shows How It’s Done

As part of its ongoing “Best Colleges in America” vertical, Business Insider has published a slide show put together by Rebecca Harris, editor-in-chief of Cornell University student newspaper The Cornell Daily Sun. Her Ithaca, NY print daily was ranked #1 in the student category for 2013 by Princeton Review.

The slide show is great fun. At one point, Harris depicts an old AP artifact that no one in the current group is quite able to identify. Looks to us like a very old wire-copy teletype.


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Shabbat Dinner with a Side of Journalism Ethics

The Jewish Scholastic Press Association’s first-ever convention and Shabbaton is in full swing in Los Angeles. Jewish high school journalists from several cities across the country have gathered for a range of events that began Thursday and run through Sunday.

JenniferMedinaTwitterProfilePicThe convention is being held at the B’nai David-Judea Congregation in LA’s Pico-Robertson neighborhood and features a number of NYC media figures. NYT reporter Jennifer Medina (pictured) gave a speech yesterday afrternoon titled “Principles in Practice: Life as Religious Journalist at the New York Times.” There’s also this, per a rundown in LA’s Jewish Journal:

On Friday night, attendees will have Shabbat dinner at B’nai David and listen to an address on journalism ethics by Gary Rosenblatt, editor and publisher of New York’s The Jewish Week.

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Pulitzer Winner to High School Students: ‘Look for Stories That You Can’t Put Down’

The journalism credentials of this particular East Carolina University visiting scholar are hard to beat. During Gene Roberts‘ 18 years as executive editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the paper won 17 Pulitzers.


The East Carolina native is also an author and former national and managing editor of the New York Times. Given how he was weaned, it’s no surprise that he went on to such an illustrious print media career:

“My earliest memories are of the newspaper business,” said Roberts, whose father was a teacher, minister and newspaper publisher. “My father printed the weekly newspaper on a flatbed press and he used to hold me up in his arms and I would shove the paper into the press sheet by sheet.”

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New from The Knight Foundation: A Free J-School Self-Help Book

SearchlightSunglassesEverything is in place to spread the word about today’s launch of the HTML5 digital book Searchlights and Sunglasses: Field Notes from the Digital Age of Journalism. There’s a namesake website; a Twitter hashtag (#edshift); an Atlanta appearance; and loads of advance praise from members of the target audience:

Adam Maksl, Ph.D., assistant professor of journalism, Indiana University Southeast: “A comprehensive perspective of the current state of American journalism and what needs to be done for the industry to respond for the future.”

John Lumpkin, director, Schieffer School of Journalism and former Associated Press vice president: “The uphill battle for journalism in the digital age is well-known. What has been missing is a solution. The voice of clarity about that is embodied in Searchlights and Sunglasses.”

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