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NYU Adds Games Journalism Course

ChrisPlanteAvatarPolygon is a video games-focused website launched in 2010 in partnership with Vox Media. Among its attractively Avatar-ed content staff is co-founder and current editor-at-large Chris Plante. That’s his picture at right, the site’s equivalent of a Wall Street Journal hedcut.

This fall, Plante with have something else on his plate. Per an item by CJR staff writer Chris Ip, Plante will be teaching a class at NYU devoted to games journalism:

Students will read classic works like Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel’s The Elements of Journalism alongside a 1989 edition of Electronic Gaming Monthly. They will watch Page One, the documentary about the New York Times, and also host a livestream of themselves playing video games while providing commentary. One aim is to create a community of critics who treat gaming as a genre as deserving of artistic critique as film, music and literature..

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Mediabistro Course

Magazine Writing

Magazine WritingStarting September 4, learn how to get your work in top publications! You'll learn how to create captivating stories editors will want and readers will love, understand which magazines are right for your stories, craft compelling pitch letters, and more! You'll leave this class with two polished articles and corresponding pitch letters. Register now! 

NFL Game-Fixing Chronicle Among NYU Prof’s Resurrected Books

ForbiddenBookshelfLogoFive eBooks were chosen to kick off “Forbidden Bookshelf,” a new, ongoing series curated for Open Road Integrated Media by Mark Crispin Miller, a professor of media studies at NYU.

The idea to highlight squelched and lapsed tomes grew out of Miller’s frustration at being unable to find certain titles for assigned course work. Speaking with blogger Kevin Gosztola, Miller has highlighted the five launch titles, which include Dan E. Moldea‘s Interference:

As Moldea summarized on Keith Olbermann’s sports program on ESPN, his book came out in 1989. He alleged that no fewer than 70 NFL games had been fixed, no fewer than 26 past and present NFL team owners had documented ties to illegal gambling or an organized crime syndicate and no fewer than 50 investigations had been killed as a result of a “sweetheart relationship.”

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For Bigfoot Believers, It’s Mostly Bad News

APTheBigStoryLogoAP likes to showcase its content under the aegis of “The Big Story.” Today, they’ve also got “The Bigfoot Story.”

Below the headline “Bigfoot Hair Samples Mostly From Bears, Wolves,” AP medical writer Maria Cheng details the findings of the first-ever peer-reviewed study of Bigfoot, Yeti and co. The conclusions were published online today by UK’s Royal Society.

First, the bad news:

[Oxford University's Bryan] Sykes and colleagues tested 36 hair samples from Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Russia and the U.S. using DNA sequencing and all of them matched DNA from known animals. Most were from bears, but there were also hairs from a Malaysian tapir, horses, porcupine, deer, sheep and a human.

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NYU Thesis Project Makes Penis Headlines

The way our mind works, we were more immediately struck by the fact that NYU student Peiqi Su‘s name bears a striking resemblance to a certain Buddy Holly song. However, most of our media colleagues prefer to focus on the fact that her art installation features 81 3D-printed penises.

Notable headlines include:

Wall Street’s Fluctuations Now Tracked by Floppy Robot Wieners
[Guyism]

University Student’s Penis Wall Does Mexican Wave
[South Africa's The Times]

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Recent NYU Grad Nabs Latest I.F. Stone Award

Former Newsweek and The Daily Beast editor Sarah Blustain shared some exciting news today at her new home. The latest winner of The Investigative Fund’s I.F. Stone Award.

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The prize for the Fall 2013 period has been awared to Natasja Sheriff, a 2011 NYU Master’s in journalism graduate who – yes – spells her first name that way. From the announcement:

Sheriff is currently the international editor for the online publication The Revealer and a Luce Foundation Fellow, both at the NYU Center for Religion and Media. Sheriff comes to journalism after working as a scientist in Asia, where she specialized in water and fisheries research.

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Josh Ackerman Mulls Over Possible Reality TV Show Settings

We couldn’t resist. At the end of our Mediabistro “Hey, How’d You Do That?” conversation with Bodega Pictures co-founder Josh Ackerman, we wondered what the busy producer thought about the potential of a couple of reality TV show settings.

TischSchoolLogoAckerman, once a teenage co-star of Disney Channel’s The All New Mickey Mouse Club alongside Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and Christina Aguilera, currently has two shows on the air (Tru TV’s South Beach Tow, Food Network’s On the Rocks) and several other reality programs in active development. He agreed that the setting of a print media company trying to make the successful transition to digital was fertile. He was also intrigued by the idea of shooting a show at his NYU Alma Mater:

Could the Tisch School be a reality show?

Wow. I’m sure it’s evolved a lot since I was there, but yes. I think that the students are fascinating. I would have to go and see what’s going on there, and embed myself a little bit. You need comedy, conflict, characters. There are so many different things that the networks are now looking for, that you kind of go crazy trying to really think about whether you checked off everything. You just have really trust yourself and trust the story that you’re trying to convey.

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An Epic Film Collaboration That Began Five Decades Ago at NYU

Shutterstock_ThelmaSchoonmakerWall Street Journal film features writer Rachel Dodes has the next best thing to a new Martin Scorsese-Thelma Schoonmaker movie: an interview piece about their 46-year collaboration.

So often, great things come from modest beginnings. In other words, neither one of these artists schemed in 1967 to conquer the world, garner X amount of Twitter followers or Y Facebook likes. Instead, they just started collaborating and to the benefit of us all, continue this holiday season with The Wolf of Wall Street:

Schoonmaker, 73, met Scorsese 50 years ago while she was taking a summer-editing course at NYU. She helped him edit his first feature film, 1967′s Who’s That Knocking at My Door. They stayed in touch, working together on Woodstock, a 1970 documentary, but didn’t start collaborating regularly until Raging Bull.

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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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Entrepreneur.com Expands NYC Team

StephenJBronnerLinkedInOn the cusp of Thanksgiving last Wednesday, Talking Biz News published an internal memo from Entrepreneur magazine editorial director Ray Hennessey. The missive detailed an equal number of new hires and promotions for the publication’s growing New York-based online team.

Stephen J. Bronner (pictured) is replacing Jane Porter as a contributing editor. He joins Entrepreneur from Patch, where he was local editor of the Five Towns and Rockville Centre sites. Porter left to pursue fiction writing.

Tanya Klich, formerly with Privcap, Thomson Reuters and FOX Business Network, has been hired for the new position of data/lists editor. Another new position, editorial assistant, is to be occupied by Bryn Mawr graduate Nina Zipkin, fresh from her fellowship at The Huffington Post.

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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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