I first interviewed Lesley Risinger in her small, windowless office in Seton Hall School of Law. Around her were papers and folders and shoeboxes of papers sent to her by New Jersey prisoners over the last couple of years. She’s made it her mission to help to free New Jersey’s wrongfully-convicted. Her work and her fascinating personal story were the subject of my piece for New Jersey Monthly Magazine.
The second act is sometimes the toughest. So the challenge facing student staffers at The Beat this semester was to prove that Purchase College’s new music magazine was no one-hit-wonder.
When the second issue came out earlier this month with an eye-popping Culture Shock front cover, engrossing articles, and spectacular images, the message was clear: The Beat is here to stay.
What’s more, their winning formula of a high-quality student-generated arts and culture publication has inspired a similar publication at SUNY Binghamton, called Impact.
I almost choked on my chicken noodle soup the other day as I was skimming Facebook on my phone in The Hub and saw that Chris Rhatigan and Melanie Reichwald – two of the most memorable graduates of the Purchase journalism program – were married. TO EACH OTHER! And living a wonderfully adventurous life as school teachers in the foothills of the Himalayas in India.
Students used their smartphones to cover a “press conference” for my Multimedia Tools class yesterday putting them in the forefront of a new trend in journalism.
The fake presser starred Pleasantville Police Chief Cliff Huxtable (ably played by SUNY Purchase Journalism Professor Ross Daly) who was announcing the arrest of a liquor store bandit. When the questions were done, he produced a mug shot, which students also had to copy with their phones.
The background check app, the transcribing app, the phone checker app, the police scanner app…Much has been made of the potential use to journalists of the myriad apps available on our smartphones. But which apps do journalists really use? And which are the best ones for journalism students to know about?
SUNY Purchase Journalism Alum Breaks The Lid Off National High School Statutory Rape Story And Is Quoted In The New York Times
Jessica Glenza (Class of 2011) was quoted in The New York Times today about a high school statutory rape story she broke as a reporter at The Register Citizen of Torrington, CT last month. Her story has been picked up by the national and international media fueling the debate about social media bullying and transforming the town she covers.
Nermene Fakhr is still smiling from ear to ear after spending a day shadowing a journalist at MTV News, getting two stories published on their website, AND getting to meet rapper Chris Brown and shake his hand.
He writes. He blogs. He does on-camera celebrity interviews. He’s got enviable social media connectivity. What better representative of this multimedia age than HipHopWired Senior Editor and SUNY Purchase journalism alum Kazeem Famuyide (Class of 2010).
SUNY Purchase Assistant Professor of Journalism Donna Cornachio took a small crew of Purchase Brick staffers into the city this weekend to represent Purchase and meet the other student journalists and their advisors who poured in from all over the country for the event.
Prof. Cornachio, the proud faculty advisor to The Brick, wrote about their trip in this journoprof guest post:
“This past weekend some editors at The Brick and I took a busman’s holiday and attended the College Media Association’s annual convention at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. Among us, Ole Skaar, editor in chief, Mike Piazza, assistant editor, and Sarah Ellis, photo editor, attended dozens of workshops geared toward students and their advisers who have college newspapers, Websites, broadcast stations and yearbooks.
So it turns out that when Khalil Edney slung that amazing shot during the now-infamous Mt.Vernon-New Rochelle AA basketball championship game, catapulting him to stardom Sunday, not one but two students from the SUNY Purchase journalism program were there reporting the heart-stopping moment and the ensuing mayhem.
Mike Zacchio, (Class of ’11) was at the Westchester County Center covering it for the Journal News and recorded it all on his iPhone.
Jordan Griffith was there too working the game for MSG Varsity.
You may have seen Khalil Edney’s astounding 55-foot buzzer-beating shot in Sunday’s Mt. Vernon v New Rochelle Section 1 Class AA championship game.
But what you may not know is that SUNY Purchase journalism major Jordan Griffith was part of the MSG Varsity team that took the video of that amazing moment and helped it go viral.
Did you know that this famous 911 photograph was taken by a Purchase alum?
Thomas E. Franklin (Class of ’88) was a VA photography student at Purchase and segued into newspaper journalism after graduating as a way to make a living. He’s had an enviable career – just this month he was “outed” as one of the judges for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism, a tremendous honor (that’s supposed to be a secret!). He was back on campus Monday talking to students from the journalism program about his extensive career as an award-winning photojournalist, and fondly recalling his years at Purchase (scroll down to see pictures from back then).
It’s been a decade since Tom Giglio (Class of 2003) was a student in the Purchase journalism program. A decade! And he’s got a laundry list of impressive war stories to tell about his career in television since he graduated as a political science/journalism double major.
On Thursday he came back to tell those stories to students in my Journalism 1 class, and Professor Breen’s Journalism class too.
“I wanted to give back,” said Tom, who now works as a freelance casting producer under the banner of Just A Giglio Productions. He’s worked at Brooklyn Community Access Television, Court TV, ABC News, and been involved in some great shows including House Hunters International, which impressed the heck out of me and the students in my class.(Who knew students watched shows about house-buying!)
Mike Piazza, a SUNY Purchase journalism major, proudly uttered those very words on the air when his radio story about shadowing a reporter on Howard 100 News was put on SiriusXM during one of their news flashes last year.
(In case you’re wondering, that’s Howard, as in, Howard Stern.)
Mike was recently back at the Howard 100 News offices with some of his intern pals and had this picture taken.
Mike made Howard 100 history, becoming the show’s first intern to name himself on air. Here’s the clip: Mike The Shadow Audio
There was a hurricane and a snowstorm and a trip to Dateline. We traversed the campus, meeting sometimes in the Natural Science building, sometimes in Library labs, sometimes in Library classrooms.
Through it all they did not complain, filed their stories (most of them), took their news quizzes, and came to class ready to learn, ready to have fun learning.
One student got an internship at Dateline (Johanna Waldron), two students got interviewed for internships at The Trisha Show (Maggi Elgendy and Jessie Pauli), and one student got a story published at thepurchasebrick.com (Hannah Ednie).
A smart bunch. Lots of potential!
Picture courtesy of Corinne Santiago.