• Clips of the Week

    By Jere Hester | Last updated on Monday, December 17th, 2012 at 4:56 pm


    Here are some great semester-ending links:

    •Jorteh Senah got action – and big pickup – from his Riverdale Press piece revealing that State Sen. Jeffrey Klein, the new co-leader of the Senate, received $150,000 in campaign contributions from donors with felony convictions or alleged organized crime ties. After inquiries from The Press, Klein promised to send $27,500 he received from one dubious donor to charity.

    •Jillian Eugenios, working for Today’s website, wrote about a teacher killed while protecting her students during the Sandy Hook massacre.

    •Irina Ivanova’s story about the vintage book movement made the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

    •Jessica Scanlon’s article chronicling a controversy over a liquor license application in Tribeca found a home in Downtown Express.

    •Shamanth Rao’s profile of Lloyd Ultan, the Bronx’s borough historian, was featured on Narrative.ly.

    •Speaking of the Bronx, Irina Ivanova and Nicholas Wells combined on a police blotter for the Mott Haven Herald.

    •More Bronx news: Rachel Bryson-Brockmann, working for The Hunts Point Express, wrote about a glow-in-the-dark sculpture that serves as “love motel” for insects.

    •Sarah Pizon and Briggette Sayegh covered a holiday-themed pet adoption event for our News Service. Our post-Sandy project page is booming: Clementine Mazoyer and Regina Michelle teamed on a piece about the growth of Occupy Sandy. Sarah Khuwaja and Brock Stoneham combined on a look at how the crisis has forged unity in Coney Island. Susan Armitage contributed an article about cyclists pedaling supplies to Sandy victims. Susan discussed her story on Brooklyn Independent Television, following Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, who talked about her flood prevention ideas piece for the News Service and Michael Paterakis, who was interviewed about his Voices of NY article detailing how the Jewish and Pakistani communities in Brighton Beach are working together post-Sandy.

    •A follow-up post with results from our election-themed crowdsourcing project made The Huffington Post. Meanwhile, two more crowdsourcing posts debuted on The Local: one seeking details of the impact of the Barclays Center, and another soliciting photos and facts for an interactive neighborhood history project.

    •The latest on The Local includes contributions by, among others, Casey Cipriani, Chris Dell, Craig Giammona, Orie Givens, Mathilde Hamel, Elizabeth Hagen, Jonathan Moffie and  Mitch Trinka.

    •Ajai Raj, working for Cosmos magazine, wrote a review of an anthology called “Digital Rapture” and packaged it with an audio interview of one of the book’s editors.

    •Gabrielle Alfiero’s story about an Islamic group aiding the Sandy relief effort made Voices of NY. Erin Horan contributed a video about Ecuadorian folk dancers.

    •Shannon Ayala’s report on a bike lane flap made the West Side Rag.

    Some notes from our Alumni Corner:

    •Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke put together a Brooklyn-themed holiday gift guide for The New York Observer.

    •Nathan Frandino, working for the Journalism in the Americas blog, interviewed a reporter determined to humanize stories stemming from drug-related violence in Mexico.

    •Zach Kussin, working for The Real Deal, reported on the sale of Jorge Posada’s apartment.

    •Some nice teamwork here: Mirva Lempiainen reported on the Sandy Hook massacre for a Finish paper, writing an article accompanied by Emily Johnson’s photos.

    •Hannah Miet worked on this TheaterMania story about a choreographer who contends his work was used on “Glee” without credit or payment.

    •Jordan Shakeshaft, writing for Greatest.com, tried out an iPhone dock that helps you recharge your batteries as your recharge your phone.

    Some holiday housekeeping notes:

    To the Class of ’12: Congrats on graduation!

    To the Class of ’13: Congrats on completing the first semester!

    To answer a frequently asked question: Yes, the News Service is open for business over the break. I’ll be out of the office from Dec. 21 through Jan. 2, but feel free to email anytime, and I’ll do my best to get back to you soonest.

    In the meantime, have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season – and keep those links coming!


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