Faculty Summer Work Roundup

  • By CUNY J-School Staff

CUNY J-School faculty members didn’t let grass grow under their feet this summer. Here’s a roundup of their journalistic projects, travels, awards, and grants over the past few months.

Lisa Armstrong (Craft of Journalism, International Reporting Topics) received an academic fellowship from The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma. As part of the fellowship, she attended a workshop at Columbia University and will be using her stipend for in-class projects for her Topics in International Reporting section this fall. Also, the work that she and her Pulitzer Center colleagues did in Haiti recently received The National Press Club’s Joan Friedenberg Award for Online Journalism.

Jeremy Caplan (Director of Education, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism) completed a redesign of the CUNY J-Camp continuing education site and ran a series of summer J-Camp journalism workshops. He also designed and taught a new entrepreneurial journalism course at Vienna’s FH-Wien Graduate School of Journalism, taught video storytelling courses online for the Society of American Travel Writers and for the American Society of Journalists and Authors, led digital tools workshops for the Poynter Institute faculty and staff, and taught workshops for emerging journalism entrepreneurs from around the country at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Prue Clarke (International Reporting, Audio) celebrated the first anniversary of her media support project for African reporters, New Narratives, with a dinner in Monrovia, Liberia. New Narratives reporters have broken a dozen stories in the last year prompting a UN investigation into peacekeeper behavior in Liberia and numerous government initiatives to tackle issues such as teen prostitution, child labor, and police brutality. Two New Narratives reporters won national reporting awards and one was selected to travel to “Water Week” in Sweden on a Pulitzer Center grant to report on water and sanitation issues. Their work has appeared in Global Post, Newsday, AOL News, Reuters, the Christian Science Monitor, and the World Vision Report. CUNY student Ichi Vazquez interned with the project this summer, breaking a major story on police brutality and teaching local reporters interactive skills.

Greg David (Director of the Business & Economics Reporting Program) completed most of his book, “Modern New York: The Life and Economics of a City.” Publisher Palgrave Macmillan has scheduled the book for release next spring.

Susan Farkas (Broadcast Writing & Production) started her own production company, Farkas Media. She has since produced pieces on refugees for the United Nations refugee agency and been retained by the UN to train Palestinian journalists. She was also nominated for an International Emmy for the film she co-produced on Cambodia.

Alex Goldmark (Radio Newswriting and Reporting) joined with a small team of other WNYC producers and volunteers to launch Longshot Radio, an experiment in new, participatory methods of audio storytelling. It’s an offshoot of Longshot Magazine, which makes a full, 68-page print magazine from start to finish in 48 hours. The radio team used over 100 pieces of tape submitted from around the country to produce more than 30 stories and a half hour special on the the theme of debt.

Tim Harper (Writing Coach, Craft of Journalism) edited a book, “The History of the Indus River Valley,” by the renowned Pakistani engineer, Sayid Ali Naqvi, for for Oxford University Press, and ghost-wrote a memoir for an Indian couple who were among the first Sikh doctors to immigrate to the United States in the 1960s. He also edited “The Linebacker in the Boardroom,” a business leadership book by Marvin Russell, who played on Notre Dame’s national championship football team before going on to a distinguished business career. He is now working on a book by the National Park Service ranger who was falsely accused of crimes and demoted by his supervisors after blowing the whistle on Washington Redkins owner Dan Snyder’s clear-cutting of parkland trees blocking the view of the Potomac from his mansion.

Sandeep Junnarkar (Interactive Journalism) produced a series of videos and mobile phone-cast radio shows for his J-Lab-funded project, Family Life Behind Bars. The videos explore the experiences of children, parents, and spouses who have a family member in prison. But rather than covering a person’s entire experience, each video delves into focused themes, like what is a perfect moment between a father and son when the father is in prison. The project also mobile phone-cast (and web-cast) radio shows that invited guests and listeners to discuss issues around incarceration and the impact on family members. Junnarkar continued to oversee the SAJA Reporting Fellowships, which give out nearly $40,000 annually to journalists to cover under-reported stories about South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora.

Frederick Kaufman (Narrative Journalism) wrote an article for July’s Wired about the coffee industry’s Cup of Excellence competition in Columbia.

Andy Lehren (Investigative Reporting) was a lead reporter for The New York Times team that won this year’s Daniel Pearl investigative reporting award from New York’s Deadline Club. The honor was for the newspaper’s examination of the Wikileaks trove of diplomatic cables and war logs. Many of the in-depth stories have been brought together and expanded in a new book, “Open Secrets: Wikileaks, War and American Diplomacy.” He received a Punch Award and a Publisher’s Award, two New York Times prizes, for his coverage. He also traveled to Johannesburg to be the keynote speaker at this year’s Taco Kuiper Award ceremonies, given for the best investigative reporting in South Africa. He spoke about his work on Wikileaks, as well as the Gulf oil spill and West Virginia mining disaster, at the computer-assisted reporting conference held by Investigative Reporters & Editors. He will be a speaker at this year’s Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, and at an international journalism conference in the Netherlands.

Matt McAllester (International Reporting, Narrative Journalism) finished editing a collection of stories about food in wartime by foreign correspondents. “Eating Mud Crabs in Kandahar: Stories of food during wartime by the world’s leading correspondents” features original stories by Jon Lee Anderson of The New Yorker, Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post, Barbara Demick of The Los Angeles Times, Scott Anderson of The New York Times Magazine, Farnaz Fassihi of The Wall Street Journal, the late photographer and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, and many others. It’s scheduled to be published on October 20.

Paul Moses (Covering City Government and Politics) won the Catholic Press Association Award for Best In-Depth Reporting for “Emotions Run High: Anti-Incumbent Mood Imperils Democratic Fortunes,” (National Catholic Reporter, Oct. 11, 2010.) He also attended the Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship in Science & Religion Seminar, “Beyond 9/11,” at Cambridge University. It covered religion and terrorism post 9/11.

Melinda Wenner Moyer (In the Lab) published a feature in Glamour’s May issue, “The New Toxic Threats To Women’s Health,” and a story she wrote about chemicals in food appears in the September issue of EatingWell magazine. In addition, “It’s Time to End the War on Salt,” an online piece she wrote for Scientific American in July, was highlighted in The Wall Street Journal’s Notable and Quotable column. When she wasn’t writing, Melinda was spending time with her son Dean, who was born on April 29.

Yoruba Richen (Video Documentary, International Reporting Topics) was awarded three production grants this summer for her documentary “The New Black,” which examines homophobia in the black church. She received a Robert Giard Fellowship, which helps artists dealing with human sexuality, gender, and LGBT issues; a production grant from Chicken & Egg Pictures, which supports women filmmakers; and co-production funds from the Independent Television Service, which provides funding and promotion of independent films for broadcast on public television. Richen also hired CUNY J-School ’10 alum Samantha Stark as assistant to the producer on the documentary. “The New Black” will be completed by January 2013.

Geanne Rosenberg (Legal and Ethical Issues) collaborated with the Youth Media Team at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society on projects to help high school and undergraduate students assess the quality of online information they are consuming, creating, and sharing. She also supervised the hyperlocal food site East20Eats.com at Baruch College.

Indrani Sen (Craft of Journalism) wrote an article for Edible Manhattan, The Foodshed: Breadwinners, that will be included in the 2011 edition of the book “Best Foodwriting,” which is scheduled for release next month.

Jennifer Smith (Introduction to Environmental Journalism) received a grant to report on climate change research in the Arctic, through the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. She spent 10 days at a long-term ecological research station at Toolik Lake, on Alaska’s remote North Slope. Scientists there are studying how increasing global temperatures affect plants, animals, and carbon cycles in the Arctic.

John Smock (Photojournalism) has joined Small World News as an adviser. SMW provides media training that emphasizes new tools and a progressive approach to journalism in Africa, the Middle East, and Afghanistan. Smock continues to work with Pajhwok Afghan News, an independent wire service based in Kabul, as a visual media consultant following the extension of a USAID grant that provides development support to Afghan media outlets.

Dody Tsiantar (Craft of Journalism) helped launch ReinventingGreece.org, a website put together by a group of Greek-American journalism students in Athens. The team produced original reporting about the crisis in Greece and how the country is trying to recover and cope. The students were Athens Fellows, part of an annual program put together by Hellenext, a non-profit Greek social networking organization with a mission of linking up Greek American students with Greek American professionals. Tsiantar served as the team’s journalism adviser and editor.