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Opposing Views Recommends the Wrong Slide Show

The battle being fought by Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz is a serious one. It began with an essay in Time magazine this spring about being raped on the first day of school and has progressed to the senior now carrying around a mattress to protest the school’s handling of her case.

Opposing Views, a website based in Los Angeles that gets gargantuan Web traffic, does a good job of summarizing Sulkowicz’s campaign. But then, all is undone thanks to the following link at the bottom of the article:

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A Leap of Columbia University Logic

Normally, we wouldn’t highlight a blog post that ends with this type of disclaimer:

TheBlaze contributor channel supports an open discourse on a range of views. The opinions expressed in this channel are solely those of each individual author.

However, Wayne Root‘s latest channel contribution –  ”Do We Have a Sociopath in the White House?” – is simply too nutty to ignore.

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Early on, the author sets up his argument with the notion that a sociopath’s tendencies are firmly established by the time that person has graduated from high school:

By college, a person’s personality, attitude and behavior is fairly well set. That’s why Obama’s Columbia days tell us so much about his behavior as President today.

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Columbia Journalism Prof Headed to Telemundo

MirtaOjitoPicAn assistant professor at Columbia’s graduate school of journalism since 2006, Mirta Ojito had also more recently been a contributing writer to website AARP en Español and the Miami Herald. But Ojito has now accepted a journalism job that precludes teaching: director, news standards, Telemundo.

From the announcement tip at Color magazine:

While at Columbia, Ojito taught reporting and writing, as well as a course she co-developed on social media and social change.

Prior to that, Ojito was a staff writer at the New York Times for more than five years, where she covered local, national and international stories and was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for national reporting in a series entitled, “How Race is Lived in America.” Ojito also held various positions at The Miami Herald Publishing Company, beginning in 1987.

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Major Moves at AP, Money Magazine and Business Insider

Look out, Washington D.C. power players. The Associated Press has beefed up the side of its operation designed to uncover intentional and unintentional transgressions.

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From today’s announcement:

Joining the Washington investigative team are Jeff Horwitz (pictured above, left) and Ronnie Greene (above, right).

Horwitz is currently on a Knight-Bagehot fellowship at Columbia University. As a reporter for American Banker between 2009 and 2013, he wrote about banks’ legal woes and the fallout from the housing crisis.

Greene has been a senior reporter at The Center for Public Integrity and previously was a longtime reporter and editor at the Miami Herald. He recently served as project editor for a Center series describing how the coal industry beat back miners’ claims for black lung benefits, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

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15,000-Word, Seven-Part Las Vegas Sun Series Wins Dart Award

The Las Vegas Sun is in very good company. The newspaper, as part of Columbia University’s latest Dart Awards, which recognize exemplary reporting on the effects of violence, crime, disaster and other traumatic events, is one of two 2014 winners, alongside Ira GlassThis American Life. The awards will be presented May 8.

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The editorial series that won the Sun its prize is heartbreaking. Titled “Grace Through Grief,” it details the aftermath of a home invasion suffered by the Martinez family, during which mom and daughter were killed, and dad was gravely injured:

Judges called “Grace Through Grief” a “deeply reported and inspiring portrayal of a family in the aftermath of horror.” They called Jackie Valley’s prose “exceptional” and Leila Navidi’s photographs “powerful” and “intimate without being disruptive.” They praised the series’ “creative subversiveness,” going far beyond conventional crime reporting in “bringing the reader on a journey of faith, fatherhood, recovery and resilience.” Judges also recognized the “careful restraint” used in bringing forward the perspectives of Arturo Martinez’s young sons.

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Columbia Journalism Alum at the Helm of ACBJ Vertical Bizwomen

MaryJohnsonPicThe site, aimed at women business owners and professionals, went live Monday. In command starting next Monday as editor will be Mary Johnson (pictured), previously the managing editor of NJBiz and, before that, a reporter-producer with DNAInfo.

From today’s announcement:

“Mary is an accomplished journalist who brings to the table a remarkable variety of experiences and talents,” said Emory Thomas, chief content officer of American City Business Journals. “As both a reporter and editor, she has a proven ability to identify and build loyal audiences. Her news judgment is sharp and perceptive, and she’s a strong newsroom leader. ACBJ is fortunate to have someone of Mary’s caliber heading this important new media title for us.”

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Alabama Journalism Prof Wins Columbia University Award

MeredithCummingsPicThe Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) has been connecting student journalists and faculty since 1925 through an array of conferences, exchanges and programs. On Friday, as part of its 90th annual conference, the organization will welcome to New York the latest recipient of its James Frederick Paschal Award.

The 2014 honoree is Meredith Cummings (pictured), a journalism professor and director of scholastic media at The University of Alabama. From the CSPA announcement:

During her tenure, Cummings has worked to upgrade everything at Alabama from integrating the newest technologies to promote the organization to adapting reporting and writing techniques for multimedia. She also innovated contests, springs conventions, summer camps and statewide fall regionals. This change has not gone unnoticed.

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Group of Columbia Journalism Students Launch TheFiveFortyFive.com

Should Nate Silver be worried? No.

The545LogoPer a report by India’s Zee News, TheFiveFortyFive.com is the brainchild of six current Columbia Journalism students. They are all of Indian heritage, and the single-subject focus of this new enterprise is the run-up to their homeland’s next national general election:

The students behind the day-old website – Devjyot Ghoshal, Anand Katakam, Iva Dixit, Indrani Basu, Rishi Iyengar and Aparna Alluri – chose the number 545 because that is the number of seats that makes up India’s Lok Sabha.

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Michael Wolff’s Daughter is Now an Editor-in-Chief

We honestly can’t get enough of these sorts of career trajectories. Mainly because they remind just how critical it can be for aspiring journalists and college students to get their foot in the right door, even when dad is someone famously well-connected.

Susanna Wolff started out at collegehumor.com in 2007 as an intern while attending Columbia University. In 2010, post-grad, she became the articles editor. This month, she has taken over as editor-in-chief. Her predecessor Streeter Seidell is shifting over to an editor-at-large capacity so he can more effectively pursue other his creative endeavors. From today’s announcement:

Over the years, Wolff has written more than 500 articles for College Humor, including the hit article “Facebook News Feed History of the World,” in which she translated the entire history of the world into the style of Facebook News Feeds…

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Sree Sreenivasan Named Columbia University’s First Chief Digital Officer

Sree Sreenivsan has been named Columbia University’s first chief digital officer. According to a memo obtained by All Things D, the goal of the appointment is “to ensure that we deploy new tools and technologies in interactive and distance learning to ensure the richest and most dynamic learning environment possible for Columbia’s students.”

Sreenivsan was most recently dean of student affairs at Columbia’s School of Journalism, a position he had held since 2008. He has been with Columbia since 1993.

“I am confident that Sree’s experience in academic administration and his widely respected expertise in new media technology make him uniquely well-suited for this challenge,” wrote John Coatsworth, the provost of Columbia, in the memo.

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